About the Programme

The German Government is funding cooperations with partner organisations from Germany and civil society in the target countries (the Eastern partnership countries and Russia) and the cooperating countries (France and Poland). The goal is to establish permanent cooperation between civil-society actors and pursue one of the following additional goals:

  1. Strengthening pluralism
  2. Promoting the discussion of values
  3. Opening up prospects for the future
  4. Fostering dialogue and understanding

This website is run by WECHANGE (the offical project partner) and guides through the application process, connects potential partners and gives assistance in practical questions around the project management, like visa regulations, financial calculations and how to deal with bureaucratic requirements. In particular we are organizing events to bring together potential partners from time to time.

German Foreign Office Website about the programme

Detailed information on the Foreign Office Programme (PDF)

Process Overview

Until Aug 2021

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find your partner organisation

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Until Sep 2021


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Until Oct 2021

Apply in the pre-selection

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Until Feb 2022

Apply in the
formal application

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From Mar / Apr 2022

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Good Practice

Sustainable Communities in Armenia, Georgia and Germany

Sustainable Communities in Armenia, Georgia and Germany

With this project the educational houses of EcoHub (AM), Neighborhood (GE) and Villa Fohrde (D) aim to connect youth and regional actors to exchange about challenges, learn about sustainable development and implement actions.

Mitgestalten! Active youth participation in Eastern Europe

Mitgestalten! Active youth participation in Eastern Europe

The project Mitgestalten! promotes a variety of activities for more social participation of children and young people.

More Local Citizen Participation in St. Petersburg

More Local Citizen Participation in St. Petersburg

The goal of this project was to foster the German-Russian academic discourse and citizen exchange, strengthen citizen participation and local self-governance.

Find more Good Practice Examples from the last funding period here.

Learn more about how to find your partner organisation and start your project here.

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Past Events

April 2021

April 22 @ 16:00 - May 20 @ 18:00

Conference: Areas of Cooperation and Conflict, Religious Communities and Civil Society in southeastern Europe, online 22.4.-20.5.2021

The conference is dedicated to the engagement of the religious communities with civil society in South Eastern Europe after 1989. Panels 1 and 2 intend to shed light on the practice of this relationship, through which we may understand where a “together“ and a “side by side“ of religious communities are possible, when civil society plays a role and what the reasons for limitations are. Building on these results, Panel 3 is dedicated to exploring the questions of which approach…

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April 28 @ 18:15 - 20:00

Textdiskussion: Kate Brown, Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future (Auszug)

Input von Olha Martynyuk (Kyiv/Basel) im Rahmen des Forschungskolloquiums "Osteuropäische Geschichte". Die Sitzung beruht auf einer vorbereitenden Lektüre. Die Texte sind auf ADAM zugänglich. Wichtig: Das Kolloquium wird online via Zoom stattfinden. Die Zugangsdaten erhalten Interessierte entweder durch Belegung (-> ADAM) oder auf Nachfrage bei fabian.baumann@unibas.ch

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May 2021

May 17

Filmvorführung: “Vierzig Herzen” (“Sorok serdec”) im Rahmen der Filmreihe “Energy Empire East”

Zum zehnten Jahrestag des Staatsplans für die Elektrifizierung Russlands (GOERO) verbindet Regisseur Lev Kulešov, der „Vater der sowjetischen Montagetechnik“, in seinem Dokumentarfilm zur Popularisierung der Elektrifizierung Originalaufnahmen von Baustellen mit inszenierten Szenen und Animationssequenzen. Vierzig regionale Kraftwerke, die titelgebenden Vierzig Herzen, sollen das Land mit Strom versorgen und mit der Elektrifizierung der Sowjetunion deren Modernisierung und Industrialisierung vorantreiben. (UdSSR 1931, Regie: Lev Kulešov) In Kooperation mit dem Kino Krokodil zeigt die Mediothek des Osteuropa-Instituts von Mai bis Juli 2021 eine Filmreihe zur Energiepolitik in der ehemaligen Sowjetunion.…

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May 31 @ 16:00 - 18:00

Conference Warm-up Event: Panel Discussion on Partnerships

The conference week will kick off with a warm-up event on May 31st at 16 o’clock CEST, consisting of a panel discussion about partnerships and networking.

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June 2021

June 3 @ 12:00 - June 5 @ 17:30

“Dialogue For The Future 2021”

“Dialogue for the Future 2021” is coming! Register now on the conference landing page!

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September 2021

September 16 @ 8:00 - September 17 @ 17:00

Days of Ukraine in Berlin and Brandenburg

Fostering German-Ukrainian Academic Cooperation and Building a Stronger Europe Together

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September 20 @ 15:00 - September 24 @ 17:00
September 22 @ 8:00 - September 26 @ 17:00

Civil Match Forum

Civil Match is an interactive matchmaking project focusing on cross-border cooperation for NGOs in Eastern Partnership countries.

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October 2021

October 12 @ 21:00 - 22:30

30 Jahre postsowjetische Migration. Das Leben zwischen den Welten

Lesung mit Olga Grjasnowa (Schriftstellerin), Britta Schneider (Europa-Universität Viadrina) und Tsypylma Darieva (ZOiS)

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October 15 @ 10:00 - 18:00
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