This is RARE II

RARE’s next cycle runs from October 2022 to June 2024.

It is an exceptional opportunity for human rights defenders and civic space advocates from across the EU to meet, learn and strategise together.



What is RARE?

Recharging Advocacy for Rights in Europe (RARE) brings 25 leading European human rights defenders together in a two-years capacity- and alliance-building programme. As a solidarity alliance, RARE is co-organised by partners from academia and civil society: the Hertie School, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and Oxfam Novib.

Our plan

From Fall 2022 till Summer 2024, 25 leading staff members of civic organisations from all over the EU will take part in a total of 10 high-quality skills and knowledge building events (camps) as well as collaborate on developing and implementing a joint project related to civic space in the EU. Participants will forge connections with and join RARE’s first group. Resource persons and expert contributors at the camps will be drawn from Hertie School faculty, leading civil society and multilateral organisations as well as think tanks. Our vision is that after 20 months, participants will become better equipped to build stronger organisations and cooperate in a stronger alliance, built on collaboration towards a common agenda on fundamental rights and rule of law in the EU. 

Reflecting on RARE 2020-2022

What our alumni value the most from their RARE experience.

RARE offers a very individualised learning and networking experinece for every participant. Learn more here!


We all care about

Participants' profiles

We are recruiting 25 senior representatives of leading locally-rooted/national civic organisations from any EU member state.

Applicants should:

  • be staff members in a senior/(potential) leadership position who could be future multipliers for their organisation and the civic sector;  

  • be representing a civil society organisation with an existing track record of high-quality work on fundamental rights and rule of law issues within EU member States, or an organisation that has taken the decision to start engaging in this area; 

  • bring perspectives from gender, digital and privacy advocates, from religious/faith-based, migrants’ and refugee rights and humanitarian actors as well as from trade unions and from organisations. We are also looking for representatives of social movements, focused on the green agenda, climate change and sustainability; 

  • have proven ability/capacity and willingness to advocate for pan-European civic space protection / expansion beyond and be commited to developing and cooperating long-term with fellow European civic organisations; 

  • represent civic organisations with potential for growth in and impact on their national settings; 

  • have the support of their employer organisation to participate as part of their job duties in the full program; 

  • be fluent in English (written and oral). 

Our expectations

RARE participants commit to joining all virtual and in-person camps, to actively participating in the joint advocacy project, to engaging their organisation and existing networks in contributing to and realising RARE’s goals and to establishing new partnerships along the way.  

As part of RARE, participants will be invited to engage in a variety of occasions to highlight the project's aims and its underlying main themes, such as high-level panels, publication of op-eds, policy briefings and papers. All this is part of our mission to boost the visibility of RARE participants and the defence of civic space, fundamental rights and the rule of law in EU member states.

Our programme

The 10 camps will allow participants to gain essential skills and knowledge to grow as civil society leaders, strengthen and widen their networks to enhance the protection of civic space and the rule of law in the EU, and learn new skills and techniques to master political and digital challenges. 

The organisers will strive to cover participants' costs related to attending the camps.

This is our indicative journey:

(Locations and dates may be subject to change)





  • Should you have any questions regarding the RARE project or the application process, please don't hesitate to write to rare[at]helsinki[dot]hu.