Rethinking Europe: Solidarity, Civil Society and Political Governance, Sarajevo

Deadline: 24 March 2014
Open to: foundation staff being unable to cover the conference fees
Venue: 15-17 May 2014, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Situated at the crossroads of many civilisations, Sarajevo is the perfect place for foundations and their partners to discuss “Rethinking Europe: Solidarity, civil society and political governance”, the theme of the 25th European Foundation Centre (EFC) Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Conference. Despite a turbulent history, Sarajevo has emerged to become a beacon of hope for peace and tolerance through multi-cultural understanding.

Three landmark events shape the last century of Sarajevo’s history: the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, which triggered the onset of World War I; the 1984 Winter Olympic Games; and the longest siege of a capital city in modern history which lasted for 1,035 days. Sarajevo highlights the paramount importance of overcoming threats to European society and re-building a Europe based on key democratic values, human rights and trust in Europe’s strengths. The city’s past, but even more its present, reflects the precedence of solidarity, acceptance of diversity and celebration of reconciliation not only over a century of European history, but also in addressing today’s challenges and the future of the region. To revitalise these strengths a substantial and active civil society across Europe is required, which is a central challenge for all foundations.

Some 500 foundations, partners and local actors will convene to discuss issues such as social and economic renewal, reconciliation, health, gender, environment, peace education, the arts and media, which all play a part in building and sustaining unified, stable and peaceful societies in the Western Balkans, Europe and worldwide. This can be addressed in three main session areas:

  • Solidarity, with a special focus on youth unemployment, acceptance of diversity beyond differences, and opposing xenophobia and hate speech;
  • Transitional justice, reconciliation and conflict resolution;
  • Civil society, good governance and the role of foundations in debating the future of Europe.

Delegates will have the opportunity to network with their peers during informal social events and gain insight into the work of local organisations through guided excursions. Being in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the AGA offers a unique opportunity to take a critical look at achievements and future challenges in a region of Europe that features the highest grade of activities by foreign donors.


This scholarship fund has been generously funded by EFC members and is aimed at foundation staff worldwide, with special emphasis on participants whose attendance can be directly linked to the conference theme. The eligibility criteria required to apply for the scholarship are as follows:

  • The organisation should be unable to cover the costs of attending the conference;
  • The organisation‘s finances and activities have to be transparent;
  • The organisation qualifies for EFC membership;
  • Interested organisations cannot send more than 1 application;
  • Priority will be given to those aged 35 years and under;
  • Scholarship recipients must attend the whole AGA and Conference.


Fees include conference participation, meals, social event and site visits as indicated in the programme. Also included is the conference delegate bag with relevant materials distributed onsite. Fees do not include accommodation, travel or airport transfers and these must be booked by the delegate directly. Conference fees are: EFC member – 750 euros; additional EFC member: 720 euros, non-member – 1500 euros and partner – 50 euros. .

However, the scholarship programme, intended to cover one or more of the following:

  • Registration fee for the AGA and Conference (to be arranged by the EFC Secretariat): Registration covers conference participation, meals (where indicated in the programme), social events, site visits and a conference bag of materials (including the Delegates List) distributed when registering onsite
  • Accommodation expenses (two nights in a single room selected by the EFC Secretariat): Hotel incidentals such as phone calls, room service, pay-for-view TV etc. are exempt and are the responsibility of the individual upon checking out of the hotel.


The organizers ask applicants for EFC’s AGA and Conference scholarship to fill in the scholarship application form in type or block capitals and return it to the AGA Secretariat (e-mail: by 24 March 2014. Please complete all appropriate sections and use additional sheets if necessary. Documentation or a website link to this, showing the transparency and accountability of the organisation should also be included. Only successful applicants will be contacted after 31 March 2014. Successful applicants must submit a narrative report and complete the evaluation survey following the conference’s conclusion.

For further details about the scholarship fund, please contact the AGA Secretariat at or check HERE.  For the most up-to-date information about the AGA and Conference, please visit the official website.

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