Workshops and events
Our events bring together participants from all over the region and from all kinds of professions and backgrounds. Socially minded businesses, artists, designers, journalists, human rights defenders and anti-corruption activists all fit our broad definition of civil society and our events seek to infuse activism in the region with some of the most effective campaigning, audience building and communication techniques from these areas. If we think something has potential to strengthen civil society and make it more sustainable we’re open to it.
Hackathons, video schools, gamification, campaigning workshops, drones, and data visualisation. These are just some of the themes and topics of the events we host both in the region and in Prague. We recognise that tried and tested methods of activism in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are losing relevance and our events focus on the new ways data, design and technology can transform how civil society operates. Every year we host Unlock in Prague, a two-day festival of civil tech, showcasing the hottest topics, trends and developments in activism and technology in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Our other annual event, CampCamp, brings together civil society with artists, designers, PR & SMM experts, influencers, podcasters, and journalists to work out creative ways to campaign and communicate effectively.
We’re always coming up with new and exciting events, be sure to check our website and Facebook regularly to join in – and don’t forget to subscribe to our Telegram channel to get news of new events straight to your phone.
We provide grants to support civic initiatives and projects across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. We look for opportunities to support projects that help civil society connect with communities, build lasting relationships and push for social change.
Our grants support projects working on free speech and access to information, art and culture, equality and anti-discrimination, human rights and legal empowerment, democracy, gender equality and the environment. Grantees are provided with institutional support and opportunities for training, learning and development as part of our package of assistance. We are flexible and responsive and don’t impose thematic requirements.
We identify potential grantees mainly through research and fieldwork. Most of our grant calls are invitation-only but we are increasing the amount of open calls – every year we host Switch, our grant scheme for tech based solutions to social issues across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. If you would like to find out more about our grants, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Learning and Exchange
The long-term future of the region will rely on established networks of informed citizens thinking critically, strategically and collaborating with each other. We support the growth and development of these networks by offering opportunities for leading members of civil society, journalists, reformers and researchers to come together, share their experiences and explore ideas for reform.
Our learning and exchange initiatives take three forms: International seminars, fellowships and professional exchanges.
International seminars provide a forum for rigorous discussion between leading civil society representatives from the region with journalists, analysts and researchers. Our fellowship programme brings leading members of civil society and researchers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to Prague to conduct intensive research, writing and networking. You can find out more about our former fellows here and read some of their articles. Professional exchanges give the opportunity for people working with public policy, journalism or research to conduct two-month placements in various think tanks and media outlets in the region.