In 1991 George Soros described an idea to promote cooperation among societies in Central and Eastern Europe. “People should travel, meet each other, exchange opinions and experiences,” he said. “They should engage in the processes of transition. There is so much that people from Central and Eastern Europe can offer each other, so many ways in which they can be helpful to each other. This region should be alive.”
Seventeen years ago when the Program was created, the focus was collaboration addressed to transition and transformation in the post-socialist societies of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. While “East East” is an old name dating from the “East/West” division of Europe, “East East: Partnership Beyond Borders” remains relevant today in prioritizing international exchange among civil society organizations and societies in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia.
The East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program supports collaborative exchange of information, experience, expertise and knowledge through multi-national initiatives which seek to build international networks of informed, empowered people, who act to engage citizens to induce positive changes in the realization of ideas and practices of open society.
The Program is implemented by the foundations of the Open Society Institute (OSI) network in Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Central Asia and Mongolia and with partners from Slovenia, Russia, Croatia, Lithuania and Hungary. Initiatives are identified by the foundations and partners, i.e., not centrally, and are evaluated by peer review by the foundations and/or partners to be involved in the project. The Program awards financial support for expenses of international exchange, including in-country expenses and travel to enable participation in initiatives which receive Program support.
The East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program does not support world congresses and annual conferences; artistic productions; individual travel/conference participation grants, consultancies; higher education research; translation and/or publishing projects; hard science; or, business/commercial/for-profit activities.
The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union will not receive and review applications to the East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program. Please address all inquires/applications to Mary Frances Lindstrom, Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
East-East Program Coordinator
Társaság a Szabadságjogokért (TASZ)
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
Budapest, Víg utca 28. I.emelet 3.