Joint Civic Education was established in 2010, beginning its activities in the South Caucasus region. Since then, it has constantly enlarged its portfolio and geographical outreach.
Joint Civic Education is currently active in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia (Northern Caucasus) and Turkey (Eastern Anatolia).
Joint Civic Education is an umbrella initiative for six individual programs. Its activities operate in cooperation with over a dozen partners.
The country programs aim at motivating and empowering young people for civic involvement. The curriculum for each country focuses on a specific thematic issue relevant for the particular society or target group.
The cross-border program's objective is to create a sustainable network of regional civil society actors, foster professional exchanges, strengthen the missions of social leaders and enhance their scope of action.
Joint Civic Education qualifies facilitators through its international training course and mentors through a regional training course. The participants chosen for these courses are primarily recruited from among the alumni fellows of Joint Civic Education and previous projects.
From 2010 to 2012 Joint Civic Education qualified 140 fellows, supported 70 projects and arranged 30 professional internships. More than 25 seminars and training events were organized, around 50 mentors accompanied fellows on their projects and internships, and over 75 trainers facilitated seminar events.
In 2013 and 2014 Joint Civic Education will receive its core funding from the German Federal Foreign Office under the framework of conflict prevention and peace building. Seed funding is provided by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The activities are mainly co-funded by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation of the German Marshall Fund and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Additional funding comes from other foundations and international, corporate and private donors. The total budget in 2013 amounts to approximately 800,000 EUR.