Our events bring together participants from all over the region and from all kinds of professions and backgrounds (In 2020, mostly virtually). Socially minded businesses, artists, designers, journalists, human rights defenders and anti-corruption activists all fit our broad definition of civil society, and our events help them make their campaigns more effective, build their audiences, and improve their sustainability.
Hackathons, video schools, gamification, podcasting and data visualisation workshops—these are just some of the themes and topics of the events we host both in the region and in Prague. We recognise that the tried and tested methods of activism in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are no longer as effective on their own, but can be enlivened and invigorated with data, design and technology to multiply their impact.
Every year we host Unlock, a festival of civil tech showcasing the hottest topics, trends and developments in activism and technology in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Our other annual event, CampCamp, brings together civil society with artists, designers, PR & SMM experts, influencers, podcasters, and journalists to work out creative ways to campaign and communicate effectively.
The long-term future of the region will rely on established networks of informed citizens collaborating with each other and thinking critically and strategically. We support the growth and development of these networks by offering opportunities for leading members of civil society, journalists, reformers and researchers to come together, share their experiences and explore ideas for reform.
International seminars provide a forum for rigorous discussion between leading civil society representatives from the region with journalists, analysts and researchers. Our fellowship programme brings leading members of civil society and researchers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to Prague to conduct intensive research, writing and networking. You can find out more about our former fellows here and read some of their articles. Professional exchanges give the opportunity for people working with public policy, journalism or research to conduct two-month placements in various think tanks and media outlets in the region.
We provide grants to support civic initiatives, projects and independent media across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. We look for opportunities to support projects that help active citizens connect with communities, build lasting relationships and push for social change.
Our grants support projects working on free speech and access to information, human rights and legal empowerment, democracy, gender equality and the environment. In Ukraine, we support independent media reporting on the war and fighting disinformation, as well as civic groups documenting war crimes and rallying the world behind the Ukraine cause.
Grantees are also provided with institutional support and opportunities for training, learning and development. We are flexible and responsive and don’t impose thematic requirements.