BRI in Civil Society Dialogue


This project invites civil society organisations from China, Southeast Asia and Europe to enter a dialogue on the environmental and social implications of the Belt and Road Initiative. It is aimed at enabling spaces of exchange and learning for civil society organisations and at improving the sustainability of Belt and Road Initiative investments together with stakeholders involved.

Civil society dialogue across cultural and political borders improves organisational capacities, cooperation potentials and action-oriented research towards the common goal of sustainability. The project offers a threefold exchange experience with a workshop in China, a fieldwork period in Southeast Asia and a conference in Europe. Moreover, it gives civil society organisations the opportunity to develop their global strategy for a rising China and to strengthen their voices on a global governance level.


BRI Dialogue LogoThe logo depicts a gordian knot. It represents the difficulty of promoting civil society dialogue across political systems. Through the methodology proposed in this project, we seek to create a framework that enables spaces for civil society dialogue in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative. The logo comprises three loops. They stand for Europe, China and Southeast Asia.


The China Programme of Stiftung Asienhaus seeks to contribute to the promotion of Chinese, European and local civil society participation in BRI projects in Southeast Asia.

The project goals are as follows: 1) The capacities of Chinese, European and Southeast Asian civil society organisations concerning their internationalisation and cooperative abilities are improved. 2) International cooperation, exchange and changes in perspective between civil society organisations from China, Europe and Southeast Asia about BRI projects take place. Civil society perspectives are visible in the development policy discourse on the BRI.

In this sense, the China Programme would like to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 'Partnerships for the Goals'. From a cross-sectional perspective, the project also touches upon SDGs 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 16.


  • 1 May 2020: Project launch

Advisory board

Information on the Advisory Board of the project coming soon.




The project is funded under the title "Förderung des zivilgesellschaftlichen Dialogs im Umfeld der chinesischen Seidenstraßeninitiative", engl. "Promoting civil society dialogue in the context of the Belt and road Initiative", reference number N-ASL-2020-5123, by Bread for the World.


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