How does it work?

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Are you interested in Civil Society Exchange and would like to get involved?
Find out how Civil Society Exchange works!

For Civil Society Organizations and Civil Initiatives

Your organization can be a social company, foundation, civil initiative, cooperative, or association. The only criteria is that it must be a non-profit entity which works for the common good from Turkey or another European country .

Which fields should your organization be active in to participate in the program?
We are seeking organizations working in ecology, gender, human rights, children’s rights, women’s rights, formal and/or non-formal education, urban development, discrimination, youth, or other. We encourage and accept organizations from different fields to apply.

Within your organization, you need to identify an internal organizational issue that you would like to focus on. To facilitate capacity building, two representatives from your organization are expected to participate in the program.

* We look for long term, committed persons who are paid staff, members, or work on a voluntary level with the organization.

* Please consider that after the program, you are expected to implement the model you have developed into your organization.

* The working language of the program is English. Please make sure that you can communicate in English.

Establish a Partnership

Civil Society Exchange supports either new or existing partnerships between civil society organizations from Europe and Turkey. It enables them to work together on a common issue.

If you already have a partner organization in Turkey or vice versa, then we encourage you to get in touch with your partner and speak about the program.

Are you motivated? Do you have interesting ideas and would like to visit your partner organization to further those ideas? Then apply and indicate who your partner is. Please be aware that we ask every civil society organization to apply on its own, so please make sure that your partner also applies.

You don’t have a partner yet, but you are interested in creating a partnership? We will support you in finding a partner. Please apply and indicate that you are looking for a partner organization. You can contact us in advance while you are filling out your application so that we have more time to see if we can provide relevant contacts. If you apply without a partner, we will try to match you with a suitable partner when we select the participants.

Become an Exchanger

Civil Society Exchange is about mobility and capacity building. We want you to exchange. This means we offer you mobility opportunities during your working period. You will design this working period according to your needs in the partnership. The aim is that you visit each other, have online and offline meetings, and plan and actually implement “tracks” together. During this working period, you will come together to work on the issue/model which you have chosen.

For the application, you need only first ideas about the internal organizational issue you want to work on. The opening meeting will then serve to define your problem and support you in coming together in working groups to explore it further. After the opening meeting, you should plan your “tracks.” These can be study visits, trainings, job shadowings, workshops, or other little projects which would support you in the development of your model.

What does Civil Society Exchange offer you?

  • Meet new partners from both Turkey and Europe
  • Discover good practices and fruitful exchanges with other civil society actors
  • Establish or foster a relationship with one or several civic initiatives
  • Strengthening the internal capacity of your organization
  • Become part of a Europe and Turkey wide network
  • Funding of your partnership (around 4,000 EUR)
  • Support from the program team throughout your collaboration
  • Reimbursement of travel and living expenses during the opening and final meetings that will take place in Turkey and Germany

Exchange Program Activities

Opening meeting | 08- 12 July 2017 | Turkey
Working period | July 2017 - February 2018 | Turkey & Europe
Final meeting | February 2018 | Germany, Berlin

What do you need to do to get involved?

Apply by 5 June 2017 here. We will let you know by 15 June if you are selected.

Save the date for the opening meeting 8-12 July 2017 where you will meet all the other participants and collaborate in working groups.

Work in your partnership on the selected issue and develop a model together. Travel to your partner organization and implement your tracks together with your partner. The program team as well as a pool of mentors will support you during this process.

Meet the other participants in early 2018 in Berlin and enjoy the closing event! In the closing meeting you will present your model and we will discuss how to bring that model back to your organization.

Bring your developed model back to your organization. As a next step, there is also the possibility to find other opportunities to share your working experience with the greater civil society.

Apply now!

If you have further questions, please contact us.