Call for Feminists in the Environmental Movement: Local Reporters

CDN is opening the call for the Local Reporters for one year long project “Feminists in the Environmental Movement”. You can find more information about the project here.

This is a paid, part-time, home office based research position, starting from the late-mid February 2022. We are accepting applications by the 23rd of January 23:59 CET.

Working time: average of 2 hours/week, Spring-Summer 2022, flexible working hours (some activities might take place during weekends)
Remuneration and per diem: from EUR 350 to EUR 500, depending on the country the reporter lives in and does the interview in.

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Feminists in the Environmental Movement (FEM)

How climate change affects the women in the rural areas of Eastern Europe

The struggles women in rural areas of the Eastern Europe face are usually overlooked when discussing climate change. Even though women are responsible for 60% of world’s food supply by working in harsh conditions in fields, they are often silenced by figures of authority and the wider society alike. In rural communities, it is notable that climate change significantly affects economic yield of agriculture, and first ones to feel that impact are women. Young people, on the other hand, are migrating from the rural to urban areas. In deeply rural communities, people often depend on natural resources for everyday life. With the arrival of industries, polluters and investors who strive for profit, lifes of people in rural communities are labeled as less important than profit. The investors not only pollute, but destroy the ecosystems that have grown around them. As we can see from examples of brave women all around Eastern Europe, they are ready to fight to protect local natural resources, even if at times they face violence. Their stories deserve to be heard by wider audience, to break the stigma of traditionally labeled “powerless woman”, promote eco-activism in all communities and release women from the shackles of their oppressors. This is why CDN, with its Gender WG decided to join the GEF project “Feminists in the Environmental Movement” with the following activity.

The aim of the activity is to raise voices of young women in rural areas that are being affected by climate change and its causes, as well as share positive stories and bring attention to importance of addressing climate change in an intersectional way.

In this project, we will conduct a 1 day training on journalism for 7 young people from Eastern and Central Europe (CDN MO and PO members, WG members). The training will happen on the 7th of March in Tbilisi, Georgia and will be attached to CDN’s WG meeting, conference and GA. After the training the participants will visit rural areas in their countries that are impacted most by climate change and environmental problems, research and document how they affect young women and make interviews with them. The reporters would be trained to facilitate open and honest conversations and empowering the young women by giving them space to share their experiences with the wider public.

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Call for Presidency of CDN General Assembly 2022

We are looking for Presidency Candidates for the upcoming CDN General Assembly (GA), which will take place 12-13th March 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Presidency is a body that presides over the General Assembly. It consists of two people, who are responsible for managing the program, voting sessions and ensuring the smooth running of the GA. Presidency members must not be candidates to any positions at the GA nor participate in the discussions during the GA, but moderate them. Presidency is proposed by the Executive Committee and confirmed by the General Assembly at the beginning of its proceeding.

Responsibilities of the Presidency:

  • Chairing the plenary and amendment sessions;
  • Managing the election and the voting processes efficiently;
  • Tracking the quorum and absences;
  • Other minor logistical tasks.

Candidates must have:

  • Solid experience in political processes and chairing meetings;
  • Experience with CDN or one of its Member/Partner Organisations and/or experience of attending CDN or FYEG GA before;
  • Enough time to dedicate to the GA and preparing for the presidency role.

As a member of the presidency, you will need to get acquainted with rules and procedures around CDN GA, described in CDN Statutes and IRPs. You will also need to attend at least 2 online meetings before the GA in order to divide the tasks. Members of the presidency are expected to be present in Georgia for the duration of the GA together with CDN Secretariat and Executive Committee. They are expected to arrive one day before the GA (11th of March) to Tbilisi in order to make the final arrangements and to attend the evaluation of the GA in the prenoon on the 14th of March.

All costs of travel, visa, accommodation and meals will be covered by CDN. Presidency members are welcome to arrive earlier and attend the political conference that will take place on 10-11th March.

To apply, please fill in THIS (CLOSED) application form by 23:59 CET, 10th of January.

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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MO Direct Support – School of Political Activism Report


Young people from various cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina have attended the event to strengthen their knowledge and skills about political participation.

Furthermore, the professors who have taught classes are academic citizens from Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Belgrade:

• Darko Brkan, the president of CA „Why not“
• Dino Sakanović, historian
• Merisa Okanović, President of Youth Movement Revolt
• Predrag Momcilovic, green activist
• Miroslav Zivanovic, professor
• Admir Čavalić, economic analyst
• Faruk Hadžić, economic analyst
• Sunčica Kovačević, an activist
• Asim Šahinpašić, OSCE press team member
• Kemil Bekteši, an artist

The themes that have been covered:

• The role of the media in democracy
• Social movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina and historical revisionism
• The basics of political economy
• Political economy, common goods and degrowth
• Political compass and values
• Local government
• Civil obey
• Public appearance
• Local initiatives
• Simulation of City Council work


The event took place on 26.07.2021.-02.08.2021. and has lasted for seven days. During that time many themes were presented and practised.


The purpose of the School was to do research most relevant to activism in the context of social movements. Participants were given mechanisms to discover the social structures that influence their origins and survival, resources that movement can use, political opportunities that they can take up, and systems of meaning that enable them to get their message across. Far more relevant to activists are manuals that advise on community organizing, analyzing power structures, group dynamics, decision making, fundraising, and conflict resolution. All of these groups were involved in the School of political activism.

For the School, the City of Tuzla financially supported the School of political activism especially in the part called Simulation of City Council Work. The city of Tuzla hosted participants and Revolt members in the City Hall to independently organize the Simulation of City Council Work.

The School was financially supported by the City of Tuzla, CDNEE and NED. (National Endowment).

This School of political activism resulted in:

  • the contribution of 20 young people from all over the country,
  • increased communication with academics and students,
  • Cooperation with engaged academics and organizations
  • Artistic photos of participants that tackled problems from the local community through public space
  • Publication of the photos (in the progress of making)
  • Photo exhibition from participants photos at Youth Festival Tuzla 2021
  • Written local initiatives from participants


Media coverage:
TV show-School of political activism by CAT BiH
TV news interview at RTV7