Civil Society Exchange:
German-Turkish Capacity-Building and Cooperation
Photo credit: Taras Kovalchuk
Capacity Through Mobility.
Fostering cooperation between European and Turkish initiatives and organizations.
These are the two main goals of Civil Society Exchange and the partnership between Polis180 and Istanbul-based Yereliz – Local Monitoring, Research and Implementation Association. Civil Society Exchange is a programme designed for civil society organizations from Turkey and Europe. It supports the idea of a unified Europe through cross-border cooperation. It encourages civil society organizations to form and foster partnerships and to work together in partnerships on capacity building models. Out of 122 applicants, Polis180 and Yereliz, together with 17 other civil society organizations (CSOs) from Europe and Turkey, were selected to form one of 9 CSO partnerships. The programme is a cooperation between the Center for Civil Society Studies at Istanbul Bilgi University and MitOst e.V., and is funded by Stiftung Mercator.
WHAT ARE WE PLANNING TO DO?
Polis and Yereliz jointly work on improving the advocacy and lobbying skills of both organizations. Our particular focus is on the method of storytelling in the context of policy and politics. We want to learn more about storytelling from experienced trainers and from other civil society organizations.
- 1-5 March 2018: Opening Meeting at Paretz Academy, Germany. Read our report here!
- 5 June 2018: Polis180 Storytelling Workshop with Chris Rogers (Berlin)
- June 2018: Yereliz Storytelling Workshop (Istanbul)
- July/August 2018: Polis180 study trip to learn best practices for storytelling
- July/August 2018: Yereliz study trip
- September 2018: Skill-sharing event jointly organized by Polis180 and Yereliz in Berlin
- November 2018: Closing Meeting of Civil Society Exchange
In Berlin, Paretz, Istanbul, London and other cities in Europe
As the program aims to assist organisations in capacity building, the target groups are members of Polis180 and members of Yereliz.
Benedikt van den Woldenberg
Ben’s professional interest are political developments in the Middle East, which has also been the focus of his B.A. and M.A. studies. He looks forward to deepening cooperation with Turkish partners through Civil Society Exchange.