Eurasia International Digital Exchange and Advocacy Network

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

01 - 03 December 2009, Geneva, Switzerland


CIVICUS, World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Project details

CIVICUS is the World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners which constitute an influential network of organizations at the local, national, regional and international levels, and span the spectrum of civil society including: civil society networks and organizations; trade unions; faith-based networks; professional associations; NGO capacity development organizations; philanthropic foundations and other funding bodies; businesses; and social responsibility programmes.

CIVICUS has worked for over a decade to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened.


CIVICUS is coordinating the Eurasia International Digital Exchange and Advocacy (IDEA) Network project, as a response to increasing evidence that the Eurasia region is one of the regions of the world where human rights and fundamental freedoms are at gravest risk.

CIVICUS is working with the Institute for Development Cooperation in Kazakhstan and Lawyers for Civil Society (LCS) in Russia to jointly facilitate the development of the network. The overarching objectives of the project are to promote a safer environment for local civil society, and; to widen the channels of communication between local activists in the Eurasia region and the global community, so that local civil society issues are better understood and local groups are more widely supported. The vision is to provide the space and resources for regional civil society to strengthen their collective voice and activities on the regional level, and in such a way gain sustainability and ownership of the Network.

Network Structure

The Eurasia IDEA Network is a voluntary association of international and national NGOs and other civic groups from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. The Network is the principal platform of the project where civil society actors can share information, collaborate on advocacy strategies, and form a regional voice towards international dialogues and platforms. Knowledge and ideas are shared regularly within the network through email communication, advocacy campaigns, and during workshops and network meetings. In July 2009, the Network will gain a web-portal in which information on threats to civil society in the region will be distributed, and where members can collaborate and share resources in a secure manner. As a response to identified regional threats to civil society, network members have set up Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) to collaborate on issues that affect the development of civil society and human rights in Eurasia.

Volunteering Opportunities

For this event we are seeking for volunteer interpreters with the following language combination: English into Russian. Per diem will be provided.

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