Civil Match Forum
Funding: Federal Foreign Office of Germany / Auswärtiges Amt.
Partners: Goethe-Institut Ukraine, Wechange, EENCE – Eastern European Network for Citizenship Education, and Digitizing Space
Duration: September 22-26
Throughout 2020, everyone was trying to find an answer to the question, what is the “new normal” in the field of international cooperation during and after the pandemic, and how will the first global quarantine and closed borders affect our collaboration (or whether we cooperate at all) with foreign partners
Civil Match Forum was an attempt to find and answer these questions. It was a four-day event for a human-centered encounter of like-minded colleagues, deep discussions on international cooperation in (post)pandemic times and collaboration work on own project idea. Representatives of civil society organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, France, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine participated in the forum, generating project ideas and discussing international cooperation issues over the course of four days. At the end of the forum, a pitching of projects was conducted. At the end of the forum, we selected three winners in international project pitching.
Overall, we received 238 applications to participate in the forum. During the event, there were 4 online lectures and 20 sessions for exchanging experiences. Participants joined two online parties and one theatrical performance, while children participated in two accompanying online workshops.
In the final pitch, 3 winning projects received 3,000 euros as the first instalment in their budgets:
- “Simulation games for citizenship education”. An online and offline educational project empowering librarians to use new methods in youth work.
- “Digital Solidarity for Social Change” A series of online collaborative events and local “slow art” activities for more solidarity and hospitality.
Hybrid format of culture and education hub “MOCI: Mobile Open Culture and Innovation”