|Consultation:||CDN General Assembly 2021|
|Proposer:||CDN (decided on: 03/24/2021)|
B1: Strategy Document 2022-24
Strategy Document 2022-24
This Strategy Document outlines CDN's core direction for the period 2022-24. It
is a consolidated outcome of Strategy Planning Meeting that gathered CDN Member
and Partner Organisations in Ratomka, Belarus in March 2020. 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 next three
years, describes the major areas of activities as well as proposes tools and
mechanisms allowing realization of the activities of CDN in the period of 2022-
1 Support MOs in the process of organisational management, enhancing democratic
structures and political maturity
Support to its Member Organisations remains the keystone of CDN’s mission. The
work of CDN is directed towards supporting MOs in their organisational
management, enhancement of democratic structures and political maturity.
CDN will support the further work towards increasing MOs’ capacities for
becoming youth advocacy organisations, capable of taking active role in the
political processes in their local/national context, being visible for the wider
masses and referred to by diverse stakeholders. This will be done through
political maturity raising at seminars, trainings, political conferences, and
statutory meetings such as General Assembly, as well as direct support.
In parallel, CDN will be working on encouraging MOs to question their democratic
structures, especially in relation to power dynamics, inclusion and ensuring the
factual safe space. This will be achieved with specific trainings, but also
through setting the example by continuous work on improving CDN’s internal
structures and mechanisms for cultivating safe spaces.
Big part of CDN’s work remains cooperation as we see mutual support and exchange
between MOs as a core catalyst for building strong EE Green youth movement. CDN
will continue to support exchange between MOs, not only through international
and regional activities, but also through supporting direct MO-MO cooperation.
This will be done through mediation, advisory and financial support when
possible. We believe this further supports building the international solidarity
and regional cooperation among members an partners. This being mentioned, CDN
will keep fostering solidarity actions, joint campaigns and other activities
directed towards MOs joint reaction and positioning in regards to regional
2 Topical diversity
CDN has always aimed for an inter-sectional approach towards the topics relevant
to our member organisations. Such approach enables us to meet the demands and
needs in the region while being flexible with the topics our Member and Partners
work on. Selection of topics and CDN's activities had always been a reflection
of regional dynamics, challenges and needs of our MOs, POs and youth in Eastern
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. Taking into consideration the needs and
topics of interest to our MOs and POs, we will strive to work on Sustainability,
Climate Change, Gender, Digital Rights and Social Justice.
We will be keeping track of any arising needs in EE and incorporate them in our
work, such as Peacebuilding and Democracy, as well as relevant topics deriving
from the main focus areas (Food and Agriculture, Labor rights, Health,
Education, Energy, etc.) while maintaining intersectional approach in our work.
CDN will actively collect feedback from MOs and POs, and analyse actual
political situations in order to asses interest in current topical framework and
define any new focus areas in the network. Trough our online engagement we will
strive to spark discussions which will help us identify additional needs,
challenges and topical necessities.
3 Methodological diversity
Diversity in approach to young people trough different methods, tools and
interactions is a tradition that we aim to maintain. CDN believes that Non
Formal Education (NFE) methodologies respond to the needs and interests of young
NFE is based on the values of inclusion and democracy while being interactive,
participatory and experimental methodology which enables people with different
skill-sets and knowledge levels to learn and cooperate, thus empowering one
another. We are upholding the principles of NFE and aiming to learn and
contribute to the new ways of conducting different methodologies within the
Green Values as well as share them in the network with young people. 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
By the same token, CDN will strive to strengthen its MOs' capacities by
providing expertise through adopting NFE methods in its educational or statutory
We will explore digital interactive and inclusive methods and implement them in
online events, as we have seen the importance and benefits of creating a
positive online group dynamic and safe online space. In this process, we still
aim towards using open source technologies and promoting their values in the
times of a digital transition of Network members.
In partnership with our project partners, CDN will keep on developing online
courses, podcasts, webinars, among others so that they can be disseminated, as
well as open discussions and networking events for the community.
4 Geographical scope of work
In order to strengthen position of MOs and their capacity to take active role in
local communities, we will continue to implement activities in local, regional
and international level.
International activities such as topical seminars, study sessions and summer
schools, are the space for gathering knowledge and information that go in line
with the development of new ideas, practices and mindsets. They are also a good
space for creating cooperation and interaction between MOs, POs, WGs and other
green minded EE youth. In this way CDN will keep maintaining its role in
enabling MOs to create visibility and wide network in international context. It
also positions CDN as relevant partner not only in Green circles but also within
organisations working on similar topics.
CDN operates in regions that share similar issues and at the same time provide
limited space for youth to cooperate due to current and past political tensions
between the countries. On regional level CDN will be an effective conjunction
between MOs. Through regional activities young people will continue having the
space and possibility to cooperate, exchange practices and work together in
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 events, trainings, round tables, webinars etc.
In addition to its regional work, CDN will explore cross-regional approach too.
This comes as a result of the assessment that some MOs share similarities and
needs due to the level of their organizational development or the external
pressures of the environments they operate in.
Apart from organising international and regional events, local level of support
is also very important. CDN will continue to be present in MOs’ local life and
activities through trainings, study visits and direct support 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 thus helping them rise their visibility on local
5 Internal development
CDN is growing and changing, so are our Member, Partner and Observer
Organisations - they are changing and thus changes CDN. We are becoming more
political, more diverse and more experienced. We will reflect on all the changes
and adapt, with focus on internal development. Institutional sustainability and
transfer of knowledge have always been essential for CDN. We believe the
institutionalised memory that the network has accumulated should not be
stagnated, rather - enriched and matured.
Growth generates and causes some challenges as well. We have more events, more
projects, more ideas and ambitions - therefore we see the need to strengthen our
internal capacities. Consequently, CDN will focus on increasing secretariat’s
capacities, strive to have more people employed and improve Secretariat working
conditions. We will also focus on increasing capacities of the Executive
Committee through skill-based trainings and work on strenghtening the role of
treasurer in the EC. Additionally, we will strive to better define and implement
the role of office responsible EC member, a position that will be an objective
body to monitor secretariat well-being.
Moreover, CDN will concentrate on engaging in more political work, deepen the
understanding of political realities MOs operate in, help MOs in communication
with each other and other green networks, commenting on important political
news, support organisations vocally and through solidarity actions and
6 Working groups
Working groups are autonomous bodies of CDN which ensure bottom-up activities,
provide topical expertise and take on consultative role. Working groups are open
to all youth and engagement in the groups is not limited by CDN membership. CDN
will support their initiatives to plan and implement projects that resonate with
MO needs and expectations trough development of work plans, different activities
whether online or live. We are aiming for working groups to become recognized as
topical reference points by MOs and be a starting point for topical cooperation.
Working groups can be topical (Digital [x], Gender, AlterUrb) and regional
(RUMB). CDN will support new initiatives that come up, especially the regional
initiatives and regional working groups that members have shown potential and
need for (Balkans and South Caucasus).
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. As additional way of
engaging WGs, we will strive to hold annual strategic planning meetings and
support internally organized teambuilding meetings for all WGs in order to spark
discussions about future work and development, as well as provide space for
When it comes to the structure of the working groups, focus will be on making
them sustainable and self sufficient. This process will be done by leading the
members trough different strategic steps, creation of internal documents and
ultimately electing coordinators. CDN will continue providing support and
resources for working groups to become more independent.
7 Communication and outreach
We live in an age of communications, as some would say the age of “information
capitalism”, therefore in order to reach out, be visible and vocal, one should
invest in communications significantly. As, we also understand the importance of
communications in CDN, we will increase our knowledge and focus on it. We see
the need to strategically invest more in building EC and Office capacities on
communications that will be positively reflected on CDN's visibility and
There are a few concrete steps to be taken in order to enhance external
communications. CDN will continue improve social-media strategy, enhance visual
identity and improve our quality and presence in social media, in addition, we
will strive to hire a communications officer. We will also help our
organisations in the promotion of their events.
Last but not least, we strive to boost the visibility of the Eastern European
Young Green community and ensure youth perspectives are included within the
wider Green movement and Green perspectives are mainstreamed within the wider
8 Wider green family
CDN is a part of wider Green family and it is a relevant actor that holds a good
deal of knowledge, resources and successful green partnerships.
We have a very close relation with our sister organisation Federation of Young
European Greens and its mother party European Green Party. We plan to continue
the good cooperation and make it even more close.
The interaction with Green foundations, pan-European Green and youth Green
networks will enrich our organisational knowledge and ideological stance. This
can later be prospered and translated into educational activities. Partnerships
can also help us gain recognition in the struggle for youth to assume
significant roles in their societies.
The fruitful collaboration within Greens is a very important factor on the way
of CDN becoming a reference point as a capacity builder of the Eastern European
Green movement. CDN will continue further strengthening the cooperation with
other actors within the Green Family making it a wider environment of
In the process of forming green partnerships in Eastern Europe, we will try to
balance between strengthening the existing network and its composing MOs and
POs, but also keep on searching for potential partnerships from the societies
where we do not have member/partner organisations from at the moment (Kosovo,
Montenegro, Russia, Greece).
9 Cooperation perspectives
Besides being part of the European Green family, we strive to expand our
cooperation perspectives and find common grounds with other organisations.
Therefore, CDN is open and responsive to all initiatives that correspond to its
values, are within its capacities, and to the interest and benefit of its member
organizations and Eastern Europe.
10 Shrinking space for civil society
We acknowledge the influence that restrictive political environments and
shrinking spaces for civil society in the region have on the work of our MOs. As
we witnessed lack of capability of governments all around Eastern Europe to
respond to the emergency caused with the Covid-19 pandemic without severely
threatening democracy and freedoms of people, we expect the pressure only to
deepen in the post-pandemic period, especially for political actors, civil
society organisations and media with a critical discourse towards governments’
This being said, CDN will intensify its work on exploring alternative
strategies, methodologies and tools for doing activism in restrictive political
environments. The support to MOs in this sense will be provided through topical
and skill-based activities and financially when possible. Particular potential
is seen in Cross-Regional events organised for MOs on the basis of similarities
in regards to the external environment they operate in.