We work to empower and support civil societies across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
We believe that civil society is the key driver of social change and progress across the region.
We want our support to help realise that change, by enabling civic groups to connect with their communities and improve people’s lives. Despite the difficult conditions, the resilience and creativity of activists and campaigners, who are working tirelessly to affect change in new and exciting ways, is inspiring and offers hope.
Where we work
We work in 12 nations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
We also consult with experts in specific fields from across Europe and North America.
How we work
Innovative & creative
We support visionary, state-of-the-art projects which embed civic innovation and search for tech-based solutions to social problems across the region.
We work with the broadest range of individuals, professionals, networks, or groups engaged in civic projects. This includes activists and campaigners, along with journalists, bloggers and lawyers, as well as creative professionals such as film-makers, artists, designers and IT experts. We also support social entrepreneurs and businesses with a civic purpose.
We want to create fluid communities of activists, professionals and academics to harness the diversity of the different groups working on civic initiatives. Our programmes help these groups to mix, share their knowledge, experience and advice and collaborate on new projects.
Flexible & fast
In a region which can be unpredictable, where challenges and opportunities develop quickly, we move quickly to respond to developments on the ground, and work with local partners to unlock assistance and support as fast as possible.
The Centre is funded by two private foundations, the CS Mott Foundation and the Oak Foundation, along with the Swedish, Czech and US governments.