Coalition Building


Liberal democratic values and social cohesion are increasingly under threat in many European countries. Antisemitism, antigypsyism and racism are much in evidence. The Foundation EVZ aims to support the establishment of coalitions for a society based on solidarity. We provide funding for organisations that do not look the other way, but which join together with others when hate against Jews, Roma, Sinti or other groups becomes visible. With their projects, these organisations demonstrate active commitment to diversity in society and are helping bring about conditions that enable people wherever they are to live together in security and mutual respect. 2019/ 2020 seven coalitions in the Czech Republic, in Lithuania, and Poland will be supported. 





Projects Funded in 2019/20

Nationality, Ethnicity, and Coalition Building

Coalition Building in Poland: Active participants from the Jewish, Roma and Ukrainian Community are trained together in workshops and plan local activities with a closing conference and publication.
Coalition partners are the Polish Organizations: Zydowskie stowarzyszenie Czulent / Jewish Association Czulent with JawDikh! Art Foundation and Research Center for Culture of Remembrance and ZUSTRICZ Foundation.


Empowering the Role of Cross-Cultural Assistants

Coalition Building to support the participation of children from marginalised groups (the Roma Community and others) and their parents in education at six locations in Poland, incl. creation of a web portal, a video film and a brochure.
Coalition Partners are the Polish Organizations: Fundacja na rzecz Roznorodnosci Spolecznej (see also on facebook) with Mikolaj Rej Foundation for Supporting Culture and the Polish Language, Association for the Earth, NOMADA / Association for Multicultural Society Integration, 9dwunastych Association, City of Warsaw Borough of Ochota, Foundation Towards Dialogue, Fundacja Kobiety Wedrowne/ Women on the Road Foundation and Polish Migration Forum Foundation.


"Don't hate. Inspire!" - Inter-ethnic Solidarity Campaign

Joint local photo and media campaign with accompanying program in Poland.
Coalition Partners are: Polish Roma Union with UNION OF UKRAINIANS IN POLAND/ Zwiazek Ukraincow w Polsce - Kolo w Bialym Borze and ASSOCIATION OF CABLE TELEVISION USERS


Collective Power to Incite Change

Coalition of different Groups and Individuals, against Antisemitism and to Empower Jewish Groups in Lodz with Mentoring: Collective Power to incite Change.
Coalition Partners are: NOMADA / Association for Multicultural Society Integration with HaKoach and Gmina Wyznaniowa Zydowskaw Lodzi/ The Jewish Community of Lodz/ Kehila Kedosza Lodz.


Prevent Net Brno

Coalition Building for Dialogue, Solidarity and Diversity - against discrimination and hate by ten organisations at local level in Brno with participation by the Roma Community.
Coalition Partners are the Czech organizations: Ratolest Brno z.s. with The Authority for Social and Legal Protection of Children and Youth, Brno-Sever district UMC Brno-sever, Low-threshold Children and Youth Club Pavlac, Muzeum romske kultury Museum of Romani culture, Tripitaka - Colours of Brno's Bronx Community Center, DROM: romske stredisko/ Romani centre, Cafe In The Ghetto, Ceská asociace streetwork, z.s - The Czech Streetwork Association, IQ Roma Servis, z.s., Children and Youth Center Teen Challenge/ Detske centrum Teen Challenge Brno and Children and youth center FARA - (provided by Detsky dum Zabrdovice, Sdruzeni Petrov).


Invisible Power

Coalition building and empowerment organized by Czech women with groups of Romani and migrant women including biographical work, opportunities to share personal stories, a photo ex-hibition, film events, and media Content. Coalition Partners are: Ceska zenska lobby/ (Czech Women's Lobby) with Association for Integration and Migration (SIMI)/ Sdruzeni pro integraci a migraci, o.p.s and Slovo 21/ Manushe.

  • In August 2020 a common picnic of migrant and Roma women and other representatives of the member organizations of the umbrella Czech Women´s Lobby took place. 


Strengthening Human Rights

Coalition between the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights, the Jewish and Romani communities, and various NGOs against discrimination and for advocacy: strengthening the human rights coalition in Lithuania.
Coalition Partners are: Lithuanian Jewish Community/ Asociacija Lietuvos zyd bendruomen together with Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights und Roma Community Centre Vilnius.

Project Workshops


28. – 30. august 2019: Kick-Off Workshop in Berlin

24 project leaders and activists from Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic came together in Berlin for the first Workshop of "Coalition Building" against antisemitism, antigypsyism and racism. Within seven teams, workshop participants are organizing projects against discrimination and hate on a regional level. 


24. – 27. august 2020: Second Workshop in Brno (planned)