Partnership Program

Civil Society Exchange Partnership Program (CSEPP)

The Civil Society Exchange Partnership Program (CSEPP) is a multiplier program for civil society networks, umbrella organizations and established CSOs to adapt capacity building through mobility model Istanbul Bilgi University Center for Civil Society Studies and MitOst have been developing and working on since 2017.

Over the course of 2 years, selected partner organizations co-design and implement their tailor-made international mobility programs between Turkey and Europe to support capacity development of CSOs in their networks.

CSEPP 2020 – 2022

Civil Society Exchange Partnership Program 2020 – 2022 selected 8 civil society networks, umbrella organizations and established CSOs to take an initiator role on capacity building of the CSOs within their ecosystem. Over the course of the next two years, 8 selected organizations will continue to work in partnerships between Turkey and Europe and deliver 4 international mobility programs based on ‘capacity through mobility‘ model.

During the first year, selected organizations will actively observe  and co-implement with us the Exchange Program. In this way, partnerships will experience the process of organizing an international mobility program at first hand and learn by doing. Later in the second year, participants will develop a unique mobility program with their partner organizations for their network of organizations and kickstart their own program in 2021 with seed funding provided to them as a grant. As Istanbul Bilgi University Center for Civil Society Studies and MitOst are partners of Civil Society Exchange Partnership Program in 2020 – 2022, they will guide and support them in the development and implementation of their “capacity through mobility” programs with the financial support of Stiftung Mercator.

CSEPP 2020 – 2022 Participants


Association of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA
Strasbourg, France

ALDA, whose mission is to facilitate cooperation between local authorities and civil society, is a key actor in the field of local democracy. Thanks to a network of more than 350 members, including local authorities, associations of local authorities, and civil society organisations, coming from more than 45 countries in Europe and its neighbourhood, ALDA has a long-standing commitment to promote good governance and active citizenship through decentralised cooperation and participatory processes. ALDA holds 20 years of experience in the implementation of hundreds of projects aimed at finding innovative solutions for today’s societal challenges and specifically related to the Agenda 2030. ALDA’s expertise touches a wide variety of domains ranging from the development of capacities of local stakeholders, migration, active citizenship, the empowerment of youth, intercultural dialogue and climate change adaptation strategies.

Media Research Association – MEDAR
Istanbul, Turkey

Media Research Association (MEDAR) aims to conduct training sessions, observation & research, present opinion pieces, curate theoretical & practical ideas deriving from the significance of mass communications tools for society. The association’s goal is to contribute to the rise of a free, independent & ethical media atmosphere as well as to gather qualitative & quantitative data on media professionals’ working conditions, media’s general operations, political & economic atmosphere to increase awareness in this field.


Youth Organizations Forum – Go-For
Ankara, Turkey

Youth Organizations Forum (GoFor) is a platform to which organizations maintaining rights-based studies are affiliated. Youth Organizations Form aims to ensure the participation of youth organizations engaged in rights-based work, in the studies implemented with regards to youth policies. GoFor advocates that public institutions and non-governmental organizations should act together to constitute and secure a universal youth policy. The Forum has a great number of projects and activities that it implements to raise awareness regarding the importance of youth policies and advocate the rights of youth and empower the capacities of the member organizations. The Youth Organizations Forum has been maintaining studies since 2015 as the Youth Organizations Forum Foundation

The Belarusian National Youth Council – RADA
Vilnius, Lithuania

Belarusian National Youth Council “RADA” is a voluntary union of 27 youth associations, being created with the purpose of consolidating youth organizations and initiatives of Belarus. “RADA” operates in the areas of representation, promotion and defending common interests and freedoms of youth organizations and young people of Belarus.


Yuva Derneği
Istanbul, Turkey

Yuva Association was founded in 2010 with the aim of generating holistic sustainable solutions to environmental problems, education, and social issues both in Turkey and in the world. As YUVA, we work to support the personal development of adults and young people through lifelong learning, to increase their awareness regarding the environment and to contribute to the eradication of poverty. Our aim is to provide a sustainable life for all living beings.

Glasgow, Scotland

WOSDEC (West of Scotland Development Education Centre) is a small not-for-profit organisation with the aim of transforming teaching and learning.  We work towards these goals by supporting educators throughout the West of Scotland to develop their skills in Global Citizenship Education, an approach to empower young people to act as global citizens, able and committed to shaping a just and sustainable future for all, locally and globally.  

As well as facilitating accredited training courses for teachers at all stages of their career, we design and publish Global Citizenship Education resources for teachers, connecting with literacy, science and the arts.  We also support the development of equitable overseas school partnerships.

We are one of five Development Education Centres in Scotland, and key members of the International Development Education Association of Scotland (


Troya Environment Association
Çanakkale, Turkey

Troya Environment Association was established in Çanakkale in 2009. The association, which was founded on working on climate change and its impacts in the local and national area, has focused its activities on climate and energy issues since its establishment. The association, which prioritizes independence, conducts project-based studies. Financial resources are provided by the European Union, UNDP, Green Climate Fund and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Association.

Among the social issues/problems that Troya is working on are; to support local movements against climate change, to work to develop policy relationships between climate change and agriculture, ecological protection, air pollution, waste management and local governance. Troya Association has vast experience in organizing seminars, trainings, round-table discussions and workshops on different topics related to sustainable rural development. In addition, has decade long experience in the fields of sustainable agriculture, cooperative development, social entrepreneurship, energy efficiency and renewable energy, water & sanitation, sustainable management of biomass resources and community resilience to climate change as well as its deep understanding of, and close connections with, the local communities, civil society organizations and municipalities in the region of Çanakkale.

Rural Communities Development Agency
Misaktsieli, Georgia

Rural Communities Development Agency was established in 1997 by a group of small farmers, farmers’ credit unions and farmers’ co-operatives, CBOs and NGOs, which are the main stakeholders in its activities. The members of the organization are 1200 physical persons and 74 legal entities. RCDA envisions a rural community development in which organized groups of local residents, both women and men, are responsible stewards of their resources. As groups and as individuals, they possess rights of ownership and responsibilities, and utilize ecologically sound methods in producing, processing and marketing their products to maximize returns to the community.

RCDA aims to protect and promote international human rights standards and values, build and strengthen civil society groups in rural areas, and support rural poor, refugees, migrants, IDPs, youth, media, local governments, the private sector and other NGO/CBOs through advocacy, participation and educational activities.