Civitates- A Philanthropic Initiative for Democracy and Solidarity in Europe
To achieve this vision, Civitates strengthens the capacity of civil society to play its indispensable role in shaping vibrant and open European democracies that work for all.
Civitates works on two sub funds, focussing on EU member states and EFTA countries:
- The first aims at strengthening civil society by empowering its actors to respond to challenges related to the shrinking space for civil society, collectively and more effectively.
- The second focuses on helping to build a free public discourse based on facts, independent analysis and a plurality of views. To this end, Civitates will coordinate expertise from civil society actors and share it as widely as possible so that citizens are made aware of the impact of digitalization on public discourse and adequate action can be taken to address any identified challenge.
FIKRA- Tunisia Joint Fund
Thanks to an integrated approach to support (subsidies and skills strengthening), FIKRA has supported the elaboration and implementation of about sixty projects that have proven relevant and useful for the community. These projects are of various types: from the installation or renewal of a key infrastructure for the everyday quality of life (water source, rainwater collection systems, community recreation centres, etc.) to the development of resources locally available (natural resources such as aromatic and medicinal plants – the wild cardoon – but also individual “talents” specifically in the fields of agriculture or arts).
A final evaluation report has been released and the learnings of the programme are currently disseminated.
European Fund for the Balkans
FutureLab, a programme chaired by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in conjunction with seven foundations aiming at encouraging active citizenship in Europe, was officially closed in October 2018.
The objective of FutureLab Europe was to allow its members to enhance their credentials as European citizens and to take action in support of the European idea. In particular, FutureLab Europe focused its action on three focus topics: democratic values in Europe, equal opportunities for young people, and European identity. In order to foster a Europe-wide debate on these three issues, the members of the network implemented activities at the local-level, structured around several group projects.