25 Feb. 2020

Important Allies - Why Does the EU Need to Do More for Civil Society?

At times of democratic backsliding and the rise of populism, civil society organisations are important allies of the European institutions, as they play a vital role in the promotion and application of universal and European values.

24 Feb. 2020

Seven out of ten Hungarians would support CSOs - finds new study on Hungarian civil society

A new study, commissioned by Civilisation coalition and Political Capital broughts more detailed, and in some way unexpected results. Although there are unclarities as to what civil society comprises of, more than one tenth of the respondents (or someone they directly know) has already received help from a civil society organisation (CSO). Conversely, many people are ready to help CSOs:...

28 Nov. 2019

Regional Workshops in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

In the framework of the joint regional project of Ökotárs and its sister foundations, we organised trainings on civil advocacy, communication and civic activism for CSOs of 6 Central European countries during the spring, then summarized the experience in regional workshops, where we also discussed the ...

20 Nov. 2019

Leadership of Budapest is Open to the Proposals of Civilization

CSOs of the Civilisation coalition welcomed the words of Mayor Gergely Karácsony and Deputy Mayor Gábor Kerpel-Fronius at the reception held in the City Hall, offering partnership on behalf of the Metropolitan Municipality to those active in the civil sector in Budapest.

15 Nov. 2019

Civil Map - Second Call

Ökotárs and its partners have again launched a small grant call to support the development of regional mini-networks of civil society, this time accessible and open to all. By the deadline, 13 new project plans were received from 6 counties.

8 Nov. 2019

Second Phase of the Civil Map Program - Local Trainings

In addition to the ongoing dialogue with the organisations we contacted in the framework of the Civil Map program aimed at expanding national civil cooperation and networks, we also continued to monitor and mentor the projects of the beneficiaries of our small grant program.

30 Oct. 2019

„You Choose We Help” Call for Applications

In 2019, Tesco launched its "You Choose We Help" program to support local communities for the seventh time.

25 Oct. 2019

22nd Edition of the Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI) for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia released

The 2018 edition of the CSO Sustainability Index of Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia was published by the United States International Development Office, USAID. The report is prepared in cooperation with local experts and organizations each year. In compiling the chapter on Hungary the Ökotárs Foundation was the partner of USAID again.

21 Oct. 2019

Sustaining Civil Society: Lessons from Five Pooled Funds in Eastern Europe

After 1990, US and European foundations and government agencies invested in a series of Partnerships and Trusts to support civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, the Balkans and the Black Sea regions. Analyzing the long-term impact of these investments is crucial, especially as many politicians across these regions increase their anti-civil...