Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe AISBL (CDN) is a network of 16 Green youth organisations in Eastern Europe, six of which are based in EUROMED countries. We also have six partner organisations, all of which are based in EUROMED countries.
Our geographical scope of work is South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, the South Caucasus, as well as other post-Soviet countries.
CDN has two half-time employees doing administrative work and project management. Our yearly budget is about 35 000 €, most of which comes from a foundation called Green Forum Sweden and from the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.
We mainly organise educational and networking projects, in close cooperation with the Federation of Young European Greens as well as with different civil society actors in Eastern Europe.
Our main aim is to gather young Greens, to provide them with a space for cooperation in an intercultural environment, and to support the development of their personal skills as well as their organisations. We work on a broad range of topics, such as human rights, democracy, gender equality, ecology, social issues, economy and non-violence. With our activities we aim at consolidating a network of Green youth organisations that have a strong impact on their communities as well as internationally. We believe that tomorrow's ecological, social and democratic challenges must be addressed by today's youth and that concrete and sustainable action must be taken.
We organise educational and networking activites like seminars, study sessions and summer camps on various topics that are close to Green youth organisations, such as gender, non-violence, Green economy, youth culture, ecology, etc.
We also organise trainings for our member organisations and their members, recently focusing on topics related to organisational management and intercultural learning but planning to also organise more political trainings, with topics such as campaigning and communcation. A third group of activities is planned for next fall – regional meetings.
The aim is to gather young Green activists from a given region (South-Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus) to discuss a political topic that is important in the region and develop an action plan for cooperation.