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I believe the Prague Civil Society Center will play a key role in a democratic transformation of the post-Soviet space. A timely and important initiative!
Emin Milli, Azerbaijani writer and dissident, Founder and Director of Meydan TV
The Prague Civil Society Centre has been set up to empower civil societies across Eastern Europe and Central Asia in their quest for open society and respect for the rule of law, human rights and dignity. Using both innovative and traditional approaches, the Centre seeks to promote cooperation, trust and solidarity both within countries’ civil societies and across the borders as we believe this is key to the region’s better future.
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What we do

We support and empower civil societies across Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. We work with human rights and environmental organisations, activist groups, independent lawyers, online activists, researchers, journalists, bloggers, artists, documentary filmmakers and other creative professionals who strive to create an open society and promote the values of rule of law, human rights and dignity in their countries. We place particular emphasis on ensuring the sustainability of civil society by establishing networks and linking professionals with organisations and individual activists. We are convinced that civil society remain a force for social change and development. We want to ensure it has the strength, resilience, flexibility and creative-mind set to operate as effectively as possible in the current conditions.

About

The Prague Civil Society Centre was set up in 2014/15 to empower civil societies across Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia in their quest for open society and respect for the rule of law, human rights and dignity. Using both innovative and traditional approaches, the Centre seeks to promote cooperation, trust and solidarity both within countries’ civil societies and across the borders as we believe this is key to the region’s better future.

Aiming to become a modern, dynamic and flexible hub for civil society from all over the region, the Centre sticks to a broader understanding of civil society that includes non-governmental organizations but also new (often online-based) citizen initiatives or bloggers as well as creative professional groups such as journalists, independent filmmakers, artists, and opinion makers, researchers or thinkers.

The Board

Šimon Pánek

Co-founder and Executive Director of the Czech NGO People in Need and is Chair of the Board

Jacek Kucharczyk

President of the Institute of Public Affairs, one of Polands leading think tank

Maria Dahle

Executive Director of the Human Rights House Foundation and is Deputy Chair of the Board

Timothy Snyder

Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the political history of Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust

Tanya Lokshina

Russia Programme Director and a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch in Moscow

Douglas Arellanes

Co-founder and Director of Innovation of ”Sourcefabric”, a Czech NGO providing independent media assistance through technology

Gerald Knaus

Founding chairman of the European Stability Initiative (ESI)

Supervisory Board:

Václav Hrabák, Czech Republic -  Amélie zu Eulenburg, Germany - Jacek Wojnarowski, Poland

Founders

Founding organisations

| Leading Czech non-government organization

| Poland’s leading independent public policy think-tank

| Oslo-based network of 90 human rights NGOs in 13 countries

Donors

The Centre's donors include the C. S. Mott Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the United States Government, the Government of Sweden and the Government of the Czech Republic. Other international donors are expected to become involved.

Management

Management

Rostislav Valvoda, Exeucitve Director
Gabriela Svárovská, Deputy Director
Anthony Carn, Finance Director
Igor Blaževič, Director of Transitions Programme

Upcoming Events

Summer School: How is Ukraine Different?

The Kyiv School of Economics is hosting a two-week Summer School in June - June 2017, organised with the Prague Civil Society Centre, on the subject: "How is Ukraine Different?"

Applications are now open and we are inviting researchers, economists, political scientists, graduate students, academics and experts from around the world to attend. The Prague Civil Society Centre is offering 20 individuals from Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia scholarships to cover flights to Kyiv and tuition fees.

Review: Launch

Launch event, February 2015

The Prague Civil Society Centre was officially launched in Prague in February 2015 with a panel discussion, titled "Between Apathy, Activism and Arrest: New Challenges in Supporting Post-Soviet (Civil) Society".

Review: Round Table

Brussels Round Table, February 2016

The Centre hosted a panel discussion titled "Supporting civil society under shrinking space in Eastern Europe and Eurasia", with the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) in Brussels.

Prague Talks

The Prague Talks is a new platform for renowned experts and activists working in and on post-Soviet countries to present original research, first-hand experiences and fresh perspectives. The Prague Talks is organised as a lecture-discussion series on issues dealing with social, political and economic changes in the post-Soviet countries. They are held in Prague in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University and with the Východoevropský klub. They are open to the wider public.

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Weaponizing the Media - a debate with Zhanna Nemtsova

Film screening and debate with Russian journalist Zhanna Nemtsova at the Rectorate of the Charles University on 11 May 2016.
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Vacancies

The Prague Civil Society Centre is not currently recruiting.

Contact us

Billing information:


Šafaříkova 24
120 00 Praha 2
Czech Republic

IČO: 04190815
Prague Civil Society Centre


Politických vězňů 21
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic


Contact us:
+420 770 120 840
info@praguecivilsociety.org