CDN General Assembly 2022

We are happy to announce that the next General Assembly of CDN will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia 12-13th of March 2022, hosted by Young Greens of Georgia.

General Assembly (GA) is the highest decision-making body of CDN that gathers at least once a year and has the full power to take any necessary decision in order to realize the objectives of CDN.

GA consists of delegates from Member and Partner organisations of CDN and brings other friends from the Green European family to share, network and discuss. GA elects Executive Committee, adopts activity and financial plan for the next year and makes other relevant decisions.

MEMBER ORGANISATIONS of CDN have a right to be represented by two delegates with voting rights at the General Assembly, while PARTNER ORGANISATIONS of CDN have a right to send two delegates with no voting rights to the GA. Both Member and Partner Organisation have a right to nominate their candidates for any organisational group/position or submit amendments to any organisational document of CDN. GUESTS are also welcomed at the CDN GA.

All the relevant information regarding the upcoming GA, financial conditions, as well as calls for delegates, EC and Organisation Candidates, will be published on this page during January and February 2022.

Prior to the GA, on 10-11th of March, CDN will organise a political conference on the future of Eastern Europe. More information on the conference will follow in January.

Call for CDN Network Coordinator

The Executive Committee of Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for a Network Coordinator. This is a paid, full-time position, starting from the beginning of February 2022 and it will be based in CDN’s office in Belgrade, Serbia. We are accepting applications by the 10th of January 23:59 CET.

Working time: 40 hours/week, flexible working hours (some activities will take place during weekends that can be compensated within weekdays)
Remuneration: minimum 850 EUR, gross
Contract type: 2 years with 3 months probation period and possibility for prolongation
Location: Belgrade, Serbia

What is CDN?

CDN is a network of Green youth organizations from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Currently, CDN has 14 Member Organizations and 6 Partner Organizations as well as 4 Working Groups. The Network supports the development, cooperation and exchange of knowledge and skills between young people and their organizations, and aims at strengthening the Green political movement in Eastern Europe. CDN organises different types of educational and capacity-building activities, relying on non-formal education as a way to advance youth participation.

Role of the Network Coordinator:

The Network Coordinator is the legal representative of CDN. The work of the Network Coordinator encompasses the following duties:

  • Daily management of the CDN Office, and financial management in close cooperation with the Treasurer and with the support of Office Assistant
  • Assisting the Executive Committee in fulfilling their respective duties and coordinating their work
  • Working with the Executive Committee on a long-term vision and strategizing CDN work
  • Providing constructive mentorship for, and coordinating the work of the Office Assistant
  • Assisting the Project Coordinator throughout all phases of project management (where necessary)
  • Organizing CDN’s statutory meetings such as General Assembly, strategic planning, as well as regional/cross-regional meetings
  • Maintaining contact with Member and Partner Organizations and keeping an overview of the developments in the Network together with the Executive Committee
  • Representing CDN and communication with external partners (e.g. founders, national and international Green structures)
  • Managing the external communication together with the Office Assistant and the EC, including managing the website and social media
  • Tracking and monitoring major political developments, and especially with regard to civil society dynamics throughout Eastern Europe, providing analysis and identifying opportunities for CDN and/or its Member and Partner Organization engagement

We are looking for someone with the following profile:

Mandatory requirements:

  • Substantial experience in a young Green organization and/or good knowledge of CDN, Green politics and civil society in Eastern Europe
  • Additional experience regarding meaningful engagement in youth and voluntary organizations, or NGOs is an asset, especially on the international level
  • At least 1-year experience in project planning, implementation, monitoring and follow-up, especially with diverse groups on an international level
  • Comprehensive understanding and respect for CDN documents and values
  • Excellent written and spoken English, (knowledge of additional Eastern European language is an asset)
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to multi-task and work under high pressure and with tight deadlines
  • Efficient communication skills (in online and offline settings) and experience in facilitation and moderation
  • Ability to take initiative and work in an international environment
  • Willingness to engage in frequent travels, to have flexible working hours – long working days and work during the weekends when needed
  • Preferably younger than 30 years of age and not older than 33 at the moment of applying

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of basic accounting is a strong asset
  • Computer skills including the use of free software (Linux, WordPress, Libre office etc.) are an asset

What are we offering you:

  • To work in a lively, friendly, international, young and Green environment
  • The opportunity to enhance your knowledge of European and Green politics and youth work
  • Frequent and extensive travel
  • The opportunity to network in the European-wide Green movement
  • Monthly fee (competitive for Serbia)

Recruitment Procedure: If you are interested in the Network Coordinator position, please send your CV, Motivation Letter and contact details of two referees (preferably former employers, supervisors or tutors) to office@cdnee.org with a subject line REF: Network Coordinator Application – Name&Surname before 10th of January 2022 23:59 CET.

Incomplete applications that don’t have a CV, Motivation Letter, references and without a clear subject line will not be considered.

Next Steps: We will contact the shortlisted candidates latest till the 15th of January and invite them for an online interview. The final selection will be done no later than the 26th of January.

CALL FOR HOST ORGANISATIONS: “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”

CDN is announcing a call for host organisations for the 2022 International Activities of Work Plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”. Detailed information about the project can be found at the Project Page.

All the Member and Partner Organisations are eligible to apply.

Details of the International Activities:

1st phase –  Why to participate 11-16th of April 2022

The first event of the Work plan is a 6 day long international activity with the aim to equip youth workers from Eastern Europe with knowledge of the importance of youth participation

2nd phase –  Skills for massive youth activation 13-17th of June 2022

The second activity of the WP is a 5 day international training course focusing on preparing the participants for the 3rd stage in depth through enhancing their skills. With this phase, we aim to equip youth workers from Eastern Europe with skills of engaging young people in lives of their communities

The host organisations are expected to:

  • Provide logistical support (help us with finding accommodation and venue, arranging catering, travel, visas, local speakers etc.);
  • Be there in case of emergency (someone getting sick, urgent purchases, extra needs, etc.;
  • Delegate two volunteers to become part of the local prep-team, that will be present at the event all the time, as well as assist at the prepteam meetings 2 months before the events.

If your organisation has capacities, time and motivation required to host the first or the second International Activities, please fill out this FORM (CLOSED).

Deadline for filling in the form is 20th of December 2021 23:59 CET.  

The Executive Committee of CDN will assess the applications and make a decision, which you’ll be informed about the latest by 14th of January.

Do not hesitate to contact us at project.coordinator@cdnee.org should you have any questions about the call or the application process.

 For more information about rights and responsibilities of a Host Organisation check this document.

Call for Host: CDN General Assembly 2022

Dear CDN Members and Partner Organisations,

CDN Executive Committee is hereby announcing an open call for a host organisation for CDN 2022 General Assembly (GA) and attached events scheduled for March 7th – March 13th, 2022.

CDN’s General Assembly is a multiple-day event intended for the review of the last year’s work of the Network, legitimizing the plans for the following year, and electing the Executive Committee in charge of executing the Activity Plan for the upcoming year.

CDN is planning to have a 2-Day General Assembly (March 12-13), attached to which would be training for journalists (Gender and Climate project) – TBC (March 7), the Working Groups meeting (March 8-9), and Conference on the Future of Eastern Europe (March 10-11). Altogether, this would make up 7 days of back-to-back events, which only adds to our excitement about holding the GA live and we will be very happy to receive applications from all MOs and POs that believe they have the capacity to host this event.

As this will be a multi-day event including the General Assembly, the preparation will be challenging but at the same time very fulfilling and a valuable experience for any MO or PO of CDN. Moreover, hosting CDN’s General Assembly has several benefits including:

  • gaining experience in hosting an international political event
  • having a space to organise a session during the topical part of the GA
  • visibility via CDN’s social media

Before applying, please have in mind CDN’s document on the Rights and Responsibilities of the host organisation which can be found HERE.

To apply, fill in this APPLICATION FORM (CLOSED) by the 20th of December 2021.

 

Of course, we will follow the COVID-19 situation and organise the GA accordingly, to ensure a safe and inclusive event for all participants.

The Executive Committee will evaluate the applications and make a decision by the end of December 2021.

 

For any further questions, don’t hesitate to write to us at office@cdnee.org.

Open call for Participants: Study Session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are announcing a call for participants for the Study Session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”.

The event will take place during 15-20 November in the European Youth Center Budapest (EYCB), Hungary. Travel dates to and from Budapest are 14 and 21 November.

With this activity, we aim to empower 35 young Europeans in accessing their social rights – the right to decent work – in order for them to become agents of change in their local communities through human rights education in the pandemic world. The aims of the study session are:

  • To explore the legal, structural and societal history, context, challenges and barriers young people face while accessing their right to decent work in different European countries;
  • To deepen participants’ understanding of youth unemployment and youth precarity, their social (political, economic) and individual (physical and mental health) consequences;
  • To explore the existing opportunities and initiatives for young people in accessing work related rights, as well as to develop participants’ understanding and solidarity about the social and economic conditions their peers are facing;
  • To equip the participants and their organisations with the tools for countering the challenges and consequences of  inaccessible Social rights.

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Work Plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”

Project background

At the Strategic Planning Meeting of CDN in March 2020 the topical areas of interest of the MOs and POs of CDN were identified as follows: climate, gender, cities, digitisation, migration, food, health and labour rights, but the work on these and other topics is pretty limited in the Eastern Europe due to the ever-shrinking space for the civil sector.

We saw that even before the COVID-19 pandemics, the civil and political rights of majority of the Eastern Europeans were not guaranteed. Protests against number of governments or against particular decisions are being confronted with unbalanced police force in Georgia, Serbia and Greece. In Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey the space for the civil society is non-existent and the oligarchic governments of other countries from the region are following the bad example of the governments of the above mentioned countries and misusing the pandemic related measures to restrict the rights to protest and at the same time ignoring the outcries for help from the civil sector, as well as the general public. Meanwhile, the levels of trust towards the states and understanding the procedures behind the speeches of the decision-makers is decreasing, as the Eastern Europeans have to think about the economic and health related issues. According to National Democracy Institute (NDI.org), less than one third of young people express satisfaction and trust some political option to represent their needs. We believe, that the pandemic brought out on a daylight the symptoms of deep political crisis that the Eastern Europe (EE) is suffering from for decades and one of the solutions to improve the situation is a massive education of the young people on the importance of their participation in the life of their country. Only by practicing true, informed democracy we will be able to build resilient and just Eastern Europe, where the human rights are respected and youth life flourishing.

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RUMB Regional Meeting 2021

Our rights and freedoms are in our hands!

The regional meeting of representatives of Member Organisations and associates from the RUMB region (Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus), organized by CDN and hosted by the Republican Center Gutta-Club, was held in Chisinau (Moldova) on 20-24 July. The participants worked together on common problems and common solutions concerning the civil and political rights of youth in these countries.

Despite the fact that the group consisted of people from different fields of activity with different backgrounds, the desire to participate in Green activism and the desire for change are what united the participants of the meeting. The event helped young people expand their knowledge of civic and political rights and meet like-minded people from neighbouring countries who want to take the first step towards a better, fair reality for all.

The program of the first day included interactive lectures, where the participants learned about a brief history of civil and political rights in the region, discussed the work of institutions that should protect these rights, compared the situation in the region and worked in groups to identify regional organizations and institutions ensuring the observance of these rights in each country. Moreover, young activists had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Doctor of Science, expert-analyst Alexander Makukhin “Ensuring civil and political rights in the RUMB countries: pre-election / post-election perspective” and have a discussion with the lecturer and each other. In addition, thanks to the activities of the organizers and the facilitators, the participants got to know each other better during the team building activities, city quest and group reflection sessions. The first day ended with the “Fair of Organizations”, where participants presented their organisations and exchanged experiences of volunteering in them.

During the second day, participants analyzed the tools and methods for claiming their rights, analyzing their effectiveness, accessibility and security in each of the countries using the example of specific cases. Further, having studied the institutional barriers to upholding civil and political rights in the RUMB countries in the form of an interactive game, the participants divided into teams, systematized the information received in the form of a poster, in which they reflected their thoughts and ways to effectively achieve goals and effectively resist violations of rights. After discussing the posters, the participants gathered for a group reflection and ended the day by watching and discussing documentaries about the major political events in Ukraine (d \ f “Euromaidan. Rough editing”) and in Belarus (d \ f “Sisters of protest”).

The third, final, day began with the session: “The role of international solidarity in the fight for our rights.” During the session, the young people discussed ways of expressing solidarity and concrete actions that can be used to solve the problem. As in the past days, in small groups, some cases were reviewed and posters were created on the topic. The conclusion of the whole discussion of the last day and the two previous ones was the identification of fundamental human rights, which, according to the group, are most often violated, and the creation of projects that contribute to changing this situation. Participants presented their ideas, suggesting creative ways: creating demonstrative role-playing board games, comics, and even envisioning new professions.

The meeting of young Greens of the region showed that by having an active civic position, one can always come to a consensus by discussing a problem and unite common efforts to solve it.

Ekaterina Chulkova
Volunteer of RC Gutta-club

Call for the Local Actions: Cities for all – now!

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe is happy to announce the third step of the annual work plan “Cities for all – inclusive Urban planning and decision making in the Eastern European cities”. The call for local actions is an opportunity for the youth organisations or group of young people that participated in the previous stages of the project to submit the applications consisting of the Local Action Plans and Budget.

The 3rd part of the project, “Cities for all-now” aims to contribute to the improving of the Urban infrastructure for Women and LGBT+ people in the cities of Eastern Europe and raise awareness on inclusive urban planning, by providing the the youth with an opportunity to practice their gained experience in the home cities.

We would like to achieve this by meeting the following objectives:

  • To support the participants of the previous phases and their organisations in creating a space on the local level for young people wishing to tackle urbanization and gender;
  • To ensure the transfer of the gained knowledge and skills between the participants of the previous two phases and their organizations and communities;
  • Address the local authorities, organizations and other stakeholders working on Urban planning in order to affect the local decision making.
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Call for the PT of “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work” Study Session

Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are announcing an open call for members of preparatory team (prep-team) for the study session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”  which will take place from 16th to 21st of November 2021 in the European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The arrival date for the participants is 15th and departure date on 22nd. More information on the project you can find here.

With this activity we aim to empower 40 young Europeans in accessing their social rights – the right to decent work (the right to work, and the right to adequate social protection) and support them in becoming agents of change in their local communities through human rights education. This will be done by meeting the following objectives:

  • To explore the legal, structural and societal challenges and barriers young people face while accessing their right to decent work in different European countries;
  • To deepen participants’ understanding of youth unemployment and youth precarity, their social (political, economic) and individual (physical and mental health) consequences, and the intersection of these consequences;
  • To explore the existing opportunities and initiatives for young people in accessing meaningful work, adequate standard of living and social security, as well as to develop participants’ understanding and solidarity about the social and economic conditions their peers are facing;
  • To equip the participants and their organisations with the tools for countering the challenges and consequences of inaccessible Social rights.
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Study Session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”

Today, as the real and perceived inequality and precarity increase, young people struggle more and more to participate in the work of organisations, activism or decision-making processes due to the economic and social distress they are experiencing. In the context we are living in, the working conditions are shaped by the mere motivation of profit-seeking rather than by guaranteed social rights. Although this paradigm affects the working life of everyone, young people get affected much more. This is visible through unpaid internships, discrimination at work, longer working hours, insufficient wages and getting fired easily with no compensation.  

The rise of new technologies, globalisation, rapid changes in the world of work, economic crisises, automatisation, and now COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted labour markets across the world. The youth’s chances of decent, long term and meaningful employment is decreasing. Especially, Covid-19 crisis is reshaping working conditions and speeding the digital transformation.

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