good-practice Fund

The Fund works towards the diversification of uses and sales for recycled, used tyres in Belgium.

Established in 2017 at the impetus of Recytyre, the management organisation for used and waste tires in Belgium, and in partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation, the fund is looking to support local projects which contribute towards the eco-friendly and sustainable processing of used tyres while examining the potential uses and promotion of them.

The fund focuses upon both on the academic world and business world and supports innovative projects, linked to the rubber industry. Both existing businesses, as well as start-ups, and higher education institutions may be eligible for financial support from

Read more on the Fund.

The Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection is a museum and gallery in London dedicated to challenging the way that society thinks and feels about health.

Opened in 2007, the Collection encourages new ways of thinking about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art in innovative displays of both antiquities and hi-tech modern displays. The site features not only a modern museum, but also bars, cafes, galleries, live music venues, classrooms and The Hub, an interdisciplinary research centre that encourages multidisciplinary, and multicultural participation in research on health and the arts.

A part of the Wellcome Trust, the Collection is today an integral part of the London cultural scene, and is acknowledged as having pushed the boundaries of established practice amongst its peers.

Read more on the Wellcome Collection here.


Championing access to work for refugees

On World Refugee Day, IKEA Foundation has announced a new partnership with the Center for Global Development (CGD), working to mobilise businesses to expand refugees’ access to the labour market.

For many years, the IKEA Foundation has supported our partners to create a better everyday life for refugees and the communities they live in. These include programmes that provide both refugee and host communities with access to agricultural land, training, small loans and market opportunities, enabling them to grow thriving agricultural businesses and a vibrant community.

Read the full story on the IKEA Foundation website

The Körber History Forum

The Körber History Forum is an annual international meeting and discussion held in Berlin that focuses upon the historical background of contemporary conflicts and political challenges, with the aim of promoting international understanding through the political dimension of history.

An initiative of EFC member, Körber-Stiftung, the first Körber History Forum took place in September 2016, and has been an annual event since, with the fourth edition taking place in May 2019 focusing upon ”Europe: how reliable is history in times of uncertainty?”

Read more on the Körber History Forum.

The Amgen Biotech Experience

The Amgen Biotech Experience is an initiative by the Amgen Foundation to provide teachers with professional development, curriculum materials, and research-grade equipment and supplies to support STEM education.

The initiative has been running for nearly 30 years and has so far reached approximately 700,000 students across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, after beginning in California. The Biotech Experience features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum that aims to get children interested in the sciences, through interactive lesson materials and experiences.

To find out more on the Amgen Biotech Experience visit here.


Connected Cities

Connected Cities is a volunteer-led project incubated by the Transatlantic Core Group that is aiming to build upon the existing Hamburg-Chicago city partnership with the aim to ”make strangers friends.”

The projects aims to establish and expand civil society networks, with a special focus upon integrating new or underrepresented actors from both cities. Though the creation of a larger, transatlantic network for civil society actors they can invest both into societal issues of the two cities along with German-American relations.

The Transatlantic Core Group is composed of several EFC members; BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and Robert Bosch Stiftung, along with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Atlantic Council.

To find out more on the Connected Cities project visit their website here.

Cambio de Sentido

‘Cambio de Sentido’ is an initiative of Fundación ONCE which aims to promote and encourage the employment of artists with disabilities.

Cambio de Sentido is an art gallery located in Madrid and is conceived as a permanent space to exhibit the work of artists with disability, and contribute towards the integration of persons with disabilities, both on an employment and personal level within the art world.

The space provides a place where the artists can display their works and make art their vocation while normalising the creative activity of artists with disabilities. In addition to exhibitions, the space hosts other cultural activities.

To read more on Cambio de Sentido visit here.

Democracy Workshops – Montener

The concept of the ‘Democracy Workshops’ was established by the Parliament of Austria in October 2007 and provided a place for young Austrians, who are entitled to vote in elections once they turn 16, to learn about parliamentary democracy, parliamentary work, the adoption and enforcement of laws, as well as the role of media in a pluralistic society. More than 50,000 young Austrians successfully completed the workshops from 2007 to the end of 2012.

Given the project’s great success in Austria, ERSTE Stiftung decided to bring the Democracy Workshops to Central and South Eastern Europe, and Montenegro was chosen as the first country in this region to host the workshops.

Together with the educational agency “Müllers Freunde”, which was responsible for their implementation in Austria, the Parliament of Montenegro and ERSTE Stiftung selected the renowned Montenegrin NGO, Forum Youth and Non-formal Education (Forum MNE) following a call for proposals. The NGO, which has been working in youth education for several years, was put in charge of holding the workshops.

Since October 2012 the workshops on democracy and parliament have been held daily in Podgorica in the immediate vicinity of the parliamentary building. A second workshop on the European Union was launched in February 2013 to satisfy the high demand.

To read more about the Democracy Workshops visit here or here.

Food Sustainability Media Award

The Food Sustainability Media Award’s were created in 2017 to recognise the journalistic excellence in food reporting from across the world. and to turn the spotlight onto food sustainability.

The awards come from the BCFN Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, who recognise the role of the media in raising public awareness about the importance of issues concerning food sustainability.

The winners are decided by a jury of experts and all published projects are awarded a prize of € 10,000, while the authors of unpublished projects are provided the opportunity to participate for free in a training course on food sustainability organised by the Thompson Reuters Foundation.

For more on the Food Sustainability Media Award read here.

European Digital Charter of Fundamental Rights

ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius has drafted a Charter of digital fundamental rights of the European Union and creating momentum for social debate, but also for European legislative process. The Charter was born from its Bucerius Lab.

At the end of 2016, 27 well-known experts drafted a European Digital Charter of Fundamental Rights and introduced this Digital Charter into the public debate. In 23 articles they make suggestions on the autonomy and freedom of the individual, artificial intelligence, informational self-determination and data security and other aspects (such as elections, right to be forgotten, freedom of choice etc).

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