News Archive

Supporting independent media in Kyrgyzstan

With our support, one of Kyrgyzstan's leading independent news outlets launched commercial services that will help sustain their independent journalism.

Kyiv Summer School: How is Ukraine Different?

We organised a two-week summer school programme with the Kyiv School of Economics and leading activists, reformers and politicians to assess the state of post-Maidan reforms in Ukraine.

Story-telling Workshop: Beauty to the Touch

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Aerial Footage Reveals Extent of Bishkek Waste Site

New aerial footage reveals the extent of the notorious Bishkek municipal dump.

Switching It Op: Boosting Civic Tech in Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Switch is designed for anybody with an idea that uses technology – in the broadest sense – to transform their society, spread their message, push for change or improve their community.

Bistro.edu Accelerator Revs Up Online Learning

Developers of the best new online learning tools from across Eastern Europe and Central Asia converged in Kyiv in June to kick-start their projects at Bistro.edu.

‘Where Is Eve?’ Confronting Social Problems With Imagination

Artists and activists paired at PCSC’s Vsyo Yasno workshop create eye-catching campaign against sex-selective abortion in Armenia.

Film School For Social Good

At Osh Video Quest, students and young NGO volunteers from regional towns in Central Asia learned to make videos for social media that will draw attention to their causes.

CampCamp2019

This year we brought CampCamp to Moldova with over 250 activists, artists, designers, PR experts, influencers, podcasters, and journalists from across the region.

Spring 2020 Fellows Arrive in Prague

Hailing this time from Ukraine and Armenia, the Spring 2020 Fellows are researching public broadcasting reform, voter data protection, digital security and public diplomacy best practices.

Pandemic Civic Response Bulletin: Kyrgyzstan

In Kyrgyzstan, volunteers are playing to their strengths to fight the coronavirus and alleviate suffering.

Pandemic Civic Response Bulletin: Czech Republic

We’re sharing some of the most creative and innovative examples of civic response to the corona virus crisis, this time from the Czech Republic.

Prague Talks: From Russia with Cash

Natalie Sedletska, Ukrainian investigative reporter, joined the Prague Civil Society Centre for a discussion of her investigations in to Russian money laundering.

Data Plus Design Equals Impact

Prague hosted a four day data visualisation workshop that paired researchers and designers together to repackage research on some of the region’s social challenges in an engaging way.

How to Protect Almaty from Smog?

Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, suffers from pollution and smog. A new video by one of our art residents explores creative ways to rid the city of dangerous fumes.

Campaign against Bride Kidnapping Launches in Kyrgyzstan

A series of animated videos from one of our visual story-telling residents garners local media attention with its powerful images and stories on the problem of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan.

Story-telling Workshop: Sudeten Exploration

Social Entrepreneur Guzel Sanzhapova visted Osinalice, a tiny village 50km north of Prague in the heart of Czech Bohemia, as part of our story-telling workshop in 2016.

Media Lab Puts Migrants Rights in the Spotlight

Activists & web designers from seven countries across Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia attended our media hackathon in the Czech Republic to explore how to design engaging muti-media stories.

Мечты за решёткой

Мурат Дильманов (Казахстан) в партнёрстве с правозащитником и бывшим политическим заключённым Расулом Джафаровым (Азербайджан).

Однажды Меня Украли

Татьяна Зеленская (Кыргызстан) в партнёрстве с Kloop.kg (Кыргызстан)

Visualising Change

Our art residencies team up activists and artists to visually transform campaigns in a way that makes them accessible to everyone and anyone.

Black Snow Is Falling

With the support of our art residency programme, a Russian NGO created an eye catching animation to highlight the problem of black snow caused by coal dust.

Performing for Change

“I realised that a woman is free to make her own decisions.” How a travelling theatre is empowering women in rural Armenia.

Fair Access to Justice

Public Union Bishkek Feminist Initiatives launched a campaign to raise awareness and challenge the apathy of the authorities towards violence against women.

Kazakh Activists Lampoon Secretive State Spending on Propaganda

In Kazakhstan, $140m of taxpayer’s money is spent every year on propaganda. With the help of our visual story-telling scheme, activists were able to shine a light on the problem.

Empowering Women By Raising Awareness of Sexual Harassment

Union Sapari’s campaign to raise awareness of sexual harassment in Georgia has been viewed nearly 100,000 times on Facebook.

Victims Speak out on Chechnya's anti-LGBT purge

A new report from the Russian LGBT Network tells the stories of gay men who were arrested, tortured and then fled Chechnya amid the republic’s anti-LGBT purge.

Dreams From Behind Bars

Murat Dilmanov, an artist from Kazakhstan, has created a series on human rights in partnership with activist and former political prisoner, Rasul Jafarov from Azerbaijan.

Civil Society and Foreign Aid in Moldova

Vlada Ciobanu discusses how she will use her Prague Civil Society Centre fellowship to explore ways to boost public participation in the political process.

Shrinking Space For Civil Society in Kazakhstan

Aina Shormanbayeva, human rights defender and lawyer, highlights the rising phenomenon of shrinking space in Kazakhstan – a theme she will explore during her fellowship with us.

The Ambiguity of Nationalism in East Central Europe

Dr. Valeria Korablyova, a Prague Civil Society Centre Fellow, looks at the division between aggressive and defensive nationalism in Ukraine, and the history of nationalism in the Visegrad countries.

Lessons for Armenia from Czech Civil Society

Avetik Mejlumyan, a lecturer at Yerevan State University (YSU) investigates whether the experience of Czech civil society since the 1990s has lessons for modern-day Armenia.

Exiled Newsrooms: How Technology Can Help

Bektour Iskender, co-founder of the Kloop Media Foundation, explains his Prague Civil Society Centre Fellowship project, exploring how independent media operate outside of their countries.

Messages from a Prisoner of Conscience

Azerbaijani lawyer, human rights defender and former political prisoner Rasul Jafarov explains his new book, “Messages from a prisoner of conscience."

The Beginning and the End of Rusky Mir

Peter Ruzavin, a journalist and Prague Civil Society Centre fellow, explains his project – looking at what schoolbooks teach us about Eastern Europe, Russia a Central Asia.

Unlock 2019: A Celebration of the Possible

Unlock 2019 was our biggest and best Unlock to date bringing 250 of the most exciting activists, technologists, journalists, artists, designers and entrepreneurs to Prague.

CampCamp 2018

In 2018 we hosted CampCamp in Yerevan with over 150 participants from all over Eastern Europe and Central Asia who came for four intensive days of workshops and sharing to help boost their campaigns.

Lights, Camera, Caption

Our Almaty video school brought activists, journalists, bloggers and entrepreneurs from all over Central Asia to Kazakhstan to learn how to make effective caption videos with smartphones.

Creative Campaigning

Effective campaigning is a real challenge. Our Vsyo Yasno workshops give a boost to activists trying to get their message across by pairing them with illustrators to come up with striking campaigns.

Unlock 2018: two days of innovation and inspiration

Unlock is our annual innovation platform. This year over 200 of the most creative minds in technology, civic activism, business and the arts from Eastern Europe and Central Asia converged on Prague.

Switch: How tech can solve social issues

Switch was a call to the region for tech based solutions to social problems in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Pandemic Civic Response Bulletin: Ukraine

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Ukrainians are proving once again their courage and tenacity in a time of crisis.

Pandemic Civic Response: Armenia

Armenians, particularly young people, are responding to the coronavirus crisis with characteristic compassion and ingenuity.

Pandemic Civic Response Bulletin: Republic of Georgia

While many resources are scarce in these difficult times, Georgia has no shortage of warm-hearted, energetic people willing to help.

From Silence to Voice: Behind the 2020 Women’s Protest Movement in Belarus

The Prague Civil Society Centre and the Czech Women’s Lobby co-hosted a talk on the Belarus women’s marches.

More Women Police May Help Fight Domestic Violence

Increasing awareness about domestic violence in the Covid era presents an opportunity for activists to campaign for change, including improving police response.

Podcaster Tackles Misconceptions about Eastern Ukraine

Prague Civil Society Centre podcasting school graduate brings listeners a fresh take on life in eastern Ukraine.

The Show Must Go On: Video Quest Workshop Moves Online During Pandemic

Participants in the first online version of our Video Quest caption video workshop examined life through the lens of Covid-19 lockdowns.

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