|Consultation:||CDN General Assembly 2021|
|Proposer:||CDN (decided on: 03/07/2020)|
A4: Strategy Document 2019-21
Strategy Document 2019-2021
This Strategy Document puts forward CDN's core direction over the period 2019-
2021. The document is based on the consultations with member and partner
organisations and is a consolidated outcome of Strategy Planning Meeting 2018.
The document is complementary to CDN's political platform and aims at capturing
main objectives of the Network, bringing sharp focus to the work of CDN, and
assisting the Executive Committee and Secretariat in developing and executing
the work plans that are in line with the overall objectives; the document
informs our Partners about the organisation's strategic goals and priorities for
the nextthree years; the Strategy also describes the major areas of activities
as well as proposes tools and mechanisms allowing realization of the activities
of CDN in the period of 2019-2021.
➔Support MOs in the process of Organisational Management, Enhancing democratic
structures and Political Maturity
Being established as a Network with a main aim of building capacities of youth
we consider it of utmost importance to keep the main focus on supporting MOs in
their 1) political 2) structural and 3) organisational development.
Faced our membershipfrequently fluctuating on the ladder of the
political/organisational maturity due to internal or external factors, we will
pursue upholding the work that CDN has been carrying out in this regard. Namely:
i. CDN will continue its work on supporting MOs in reaching political maturity
and assist transformation of its MOs into youth advocacy organizations capable
of policy making and negotiating. We will strive to facilitate exchange of the
practices and experience between the CDN's Partner Organizations and Member
Organizations with regard to advocacy, campaigning, policy-making and public
communications. This will be reached through statutory activities and
educational activities such as advocacy trainings and Green politics trainings.
We see Green education initiative as a structure within CDN that can, supported
by the EC, work on mapping the needs of MOs in this area and developing the
suitable support for them.
ii. CDN envisions its MOs as inclusive and safe spaces for everyone with well-
developed democratic structures that provide space for equal participation of
all and ensure transparency in all the organisational work. Therefore, CDN will
continue to work on assisting MOs with developing their democratic structures
and creating safe and inclusive working environment for different
underrepresented groups. Through its activities on gender and the work of the
Gender WG, CDN will keep working on supporting women, trans and non-binary
people to fight for equal representation within MOs structures. Moreover, we
believe that work in the direction of structural development of MOs is done
through exchange of experiences between MOs and especially Boards and
Secretariats and we will strive to provide space for MOs to exchange experiences
in this regard. Furthermore, we beliave that learning comes from attending
activities and MOs' having their members represented within CDN structures such
as EC, WGs, prep-teams etc.
iii. CDN encourages and supports MOs in advancing their organizational
management skills as we see it crucial in order for MOs to work on fulfilling
their aims. Having this in mind, CDN will strive to
provide organisational learning opportunities for MOs such as space for exchange
of experiences between MOs Boards and Secretariats, MOs visits to MOs as well as
establish platforms for MO- MO communication. CDN will following up on MOs'
needs and accordingly organising trainings on project writing and management,
fundraising, membership managemenet etc.
Last but not least, in order to perform its role in Eastern Europe, CDNshould
also be strong institutionally and mature into the network with well- developed
sense of internal solidarity among its members and partners. CDN should strive
to work towards reviving internal coherence among its membership through prompt
reaction to the regional dynamics, policy positioning, solidarity actions,
proactive communication andadvocacy.In this regard, we will keep fostering the
solidarity activities between our MOs.
➔Geographical scope of work
In order to support MOs in positioning themselves as relevant actors in
political discussions on local, regional and international level, CDN will
continue to organize activities on all threelevels.
Through international activities, such as topical seminars, studysessionsand
summer schools, CDN strives to enhance international cooperation and learning
between MOs, POs and other young Green-minded activists. Wesee international
activities as important space for topical development and accumulation space for
ideas and good practices as well as positioning CDN as relevant partner not only
in Green circles but also within networks working on similar topics as CDN.
Moreover, international activities stay an important opportunity for MOs to
network and increase visibility of their work in international context.
Regional level of work stays especially important as CDN operates in regions
that share similar issues but provide limited space for youth to cooperate due
to current and past political tensions between neighbouring countries. We see
the importance of providing the space for young people to work together in order
to understand current political and economic situations in the regions and
discuss and cooperate n topics of regional interest. CDN will continue its work
in three regions - Balkans, RUMB (Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus) and
South Caucasus and Turkey - by organising regional meetings, trainings and round
Apart from organising international and regional events, CDN will keep
supporting MOs locally by organising study visits, trainings and directly
supporting MOs in their work by having representatives on MOs' events when
possible, or through online consultancy. Another way of local support to MOs
is by co-organising side events with MOs hosting CDN activities and by this
helping them rise their visibility on local level.
Throughout the years that CDN has been operating, the organisation addressed and
exchange of expertise on variety of topics under the Green framework. Selection
of topics and CDN's activities had always been a reflection of regional
dynamics, challenges and needs of our MOs, POs and youth. Such an approach gives
CDN flexibility to meet the demands of the existing underpinnings and
development in it.
In order to keep the network up to date with rapid political developments and
challenges in Eastern Europe, and assess their implications on green youth
organisations and their agendas, CDN aims at maintaining the principle of
topical diversity of its activities.
Cooperating under Green framework allows us to be needs-oriented.
Therefore, through taking into consideration the Member and Partner
Organisations' needs, CDN will
strive to encompass the topics of Sustainability, Climate Change, Gender,
Digital Rights and Social Justice with the intersectional approach based on
principles of inclusion and democracy*.
Moreover, offering Green idea as overarching framework for the variety of
topics, CDN will spark the debate and continue its work on deconstruction of the
concept of politics and work on its meaning as means for implementation of the
Diversity in the activities, methods, approaches, tools and priorities is a key
for CDN in its work of empowering youth in their communities.
CDN believes that Non- Formal Education (NFE) methodology -- being interactive,
participatory and experiential -- responds to the needs and interests of young
people, is based on the values of inclusion and democracy, and offers more
meaningful empowerment for youth.
We want CDN to become a reference centre for non-formal education on youth
participation based on Green values. Therefore, CDN will keep track of and
attempt to further upgrade its NFE competency, and invest time and resources in
educating and training members of the EC and Secretariat. By the same token, CDN
will strive to strengthen its MOs' capacities by providing expertise through
adopting NFE methods in its educational or statutory activities.
In the era of digital revolution, navigating through the plethora of information
deems to be a challenging task to the individuals. On the other hand,
organisations attempting to deliver the message across their targeted
communities seem to face multiple difficulties and require
additional financial capacities. CDN and its Member Organisations are no
exception in this case.
In the period of 2019-2021, CDN will strive to enhance its position in online
domains through stretching its capacities. In partnership with our project
partners, CDN will keep on developing online
courses, podcasts, webinars, among others so that they can be disseminated.
➔ Internal Development
Institutional sustainability is one of the big priorities for CDN as an
organisation stepping up on the maturity ladder, with challenges of constant
fluctuation of membership in its member organisations.
We believe the institutionalised memory that the network has accumulated should
not be stagnated, rather - enriched and matured.
Therefore, in the next few years CDN stresses organisational knowledge
accumulation, preservation, and transfer as one if its priorities and will
devote energy and resources to upholding the smooth
generational transfers within CDN structures - such as Secretariat-Secretariat,
EC-EC, Secretariat-EC exchange and so forth. CDN already has created and is
constantly updating the Office transfer document. In order to ensure the
expertise within the Executive Committee, CDN will strive to create the EC-EC
transfer document as well.
In order to successfully transfer the knowledge and capacities onto the member
organisations, CDN sees the Executive Committees' high engagement in the
membership management process utterly necessary. In 2019-2021 CDN should further
strengthen leadership role of its Executive Committee enhancing motivation,
responsibility and decision-making of the members of its Executive Committee.
Additionally, in the next three years CDN will work towards efficient
distribution of duties and rights among its structures in order to lead to
better understanding and ownership of CDN activities among its member and
In order to enhance institutional sustainability as well as internal
organisational development, it is of big importance to keep CDN alumni engaged
in the network in different ways: be it trainers, educational advisors or green
afficionados. Therefore, CDN will strive to initiate the process of
creating the Alumni Network that will compose of people who had been previously
engaged within the organisation's structures and maintain close links with the
➔Communication and Outreach
CDN is an organisation based on its membership and one of its primary priorities
is to strengthen the relationsheep between its Member Organisations. We have
been achieving this as a byproduct of our educational and statutory activities
through providing platform to maintain continuous communication among MOs.
We see the need of this relationship to be strengthened institutionally,
supported by our Executive Committee and mediated through our online and offline
work, supporting the ideas regarding strategic partnerships and mutual
activities among the MOs and POs.
Realising the importance of the external communications and online presence in
the era of social media and visual communications, we see the need to
strategically invest more in building EC's capacities on communications that
will be positively reflected on CDN's visibility and outreach.
Moreover, we strive to boost visibility of the Eatsern European Young Green
community and ensure youth perspectives are included within the wider green
movement and Green perspectives are mainstreamed within the wider youth
movement. Therefore, we see the importance of working on intensifying external
communication with and with other (potential) stakeholders. CDN is keen to
invest in becoming members of European Youth Forum and thus widen its youth
network, as well as have a representation at this youth lobby in order to
contribute to the increased youth autonomy and inclusion and stronger youth
organisations in Eastern Europe.
➔ Wider Green Family
At the moment, CDN holds a good deal of knowledge, resources and successful
green partnership to be a relevant actor within the wider Green Family. Yet,
these cooperations need to be further strengthened in order for CDN to become a
reference point as a capacity builder in Eastern European Green movement. We
strive to keep these partnerships effective and fruitful: partnerships with
green foundations, pan-european green and youth green networks will not only
enrich our organisational knowledge and ideological stance that we later
translate into educational activities, but also help us gain recognition in the
struggle for youth to assume significant roles in their societies.
In the process of gaining green partnerships from Eastern Europe, we will try to
balance between strengthening the existing network and its composing MOs and POs
on the one hand, and keep on searching for potential partnerships from the
societies where we do not have member/partner
organisations from at the moment (Kosovo, Russia, Greece, Baltic states), on the
Working Groups are part of CDNs organisational structure and represent mediating
bodies to ensure the bottom-up activities and engage youth that are not
affiliated to organisations in their activities. Therefore, Working Groups are
open to individual members and are not limited by CDN membership.
Working Groups contribute to exploring the topics, regional cooperations as well
as methodological diversities of CDN.
CDN envisions WGs as autonomous bodies with a consultative role when it comes to
and support their initiatives to plan and implement projects that resonate with
MO needs and expectations. For this, CDN will put efforts in enhancing the
topical cooperation between Member Organisations through Working Groups.
As the level of independence still varies between different working groups, CDN
will strive to secure funding for (bi-)annual WG meeting that will also serve as
a space for WGs to learn from each other's good practices. Moreover, CDN will
support development of WG annual startegies and work plans. This would
significantly help the formulation of WG identities and portfolio of activities.
Hereby we'd like to stress out importance of cooperation with different
stakeholders on international (European) level for entire Network. CDN is open
and responsive to all initiatives that correspond to its values, are within its
capacities, and to the interest and benefit for its member organizations and
➔Shrinking Space for Civil Society
Civil society makes critical contributions to the effective and democratic
policy-making, thus also impeding corruption and societal unrest. The freedom to
discuss government policies and demand
government accountability accelerates positive societal progress. However, over
the past years
concerns have mounted about shrinking civic space across Central and Eastern
Europe, including curtailing civil society organisations (CSOs) and independent
media, criminalizing solidarity, restricting freedom of assembly and creating an
increasingly difficult environment to pursue activism.
While new technologies and interconnectedness have helped to develop civil
society networks, they have also opened up new avenues for threats to civic
space and dissenting voices. To that end, CDN will be exploring alternative
methodologies of doing activism and affecting politics in these kind of