Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance

The Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance is a professional development program that annually hosts 20 young leaders from the Eastern Partnership countries, Russia, and Turkey who champion social responsibility, the rule of law, and democratic governance. Through both international seminars and individual projects, the fellows become equipped to initiate and shape effective social change in line with democratic principles.

The Kolleg focuses on providing scientifically sound and hands-on training in good governance and public innovation. With the support of experienced project managers, each fellow implements a good governance project in their home organization, thereby strengthening transparency, participation, and due process in their societies. DGAP continues to support the social commitment of fellows who have completed the program with various offers for alumni.

The Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance is a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung conducted in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Prof. Günter Verheugen, former Vice-President of the European Commission, serves as its director.

After supporting the program for 20 years, the Robert Bosch Stiftung will end its funding of the Goerdeler-Kolleg at the end of 2020. Consequently, the 2019/2020 academic year will focus not only on the implementation of the program’s final year, but also on strengthening the self-organization of its alumni network, developing a strategy for the future of the program, and knowledge management. A final conference is planned for August 2020.


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