About the Programme

The German Government is funding cooperations with partner organizations from the civil society in the Eastern partnership countries and Russia. 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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Best Practice

MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters

MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters

The funding programme MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters of the Foundation EVZ has established a sustainable platform for bilateral youth exchanges and innovative German-Ukrainian project work.



demoSlam is a dialog format for unconventional exchange about shared values and differences – personal, close to everyday life and creative.

Armenian-Azerbaijani Dialogue Network

Armenian-Azerbaijani Dialogue Network

This project series aiming at the creation of a resource network of local facilitators for sustainable (cross-country) dialogue in and between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been implemented since 2018.

Find more Best Practise Examples from the last funding period here.

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

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Upcoming Events

April 2021

April 20 @ 18:30 - April 24 @ 18:15

Online conference: Globalising Eastern Europe – New Perspectives on Transregional Entanglements

Following the first successful Regional Conference in Uppsala, Sweden, the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) organises its second Regional Conference in cooperation with the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” (EEGA) Annual Conference in April 2021. Due to the current travel restrictions and health requirements worldwide, the Programme Committee has decided to hold the conference online. Under the theme “Globalising Eastern Europe – New Perspectives on Transregional Entanglements”, they seek to stimulate and discuss research…

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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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