The Debate Exchange is organized by the Slovak Debate Association. SDA is the only organization that focuses on developing debating in Slovakia. Established in 1999 as a spin-off of the Open Society Foundation, it is currently one of 24 recipients of the government “ADAM1” subsidy to promote systematic long-term youth work. In 2012 SDA had almost 1000 members in 50 debate clubs. It currently has 2 employees and about 100 volunteers acting as debate coaches, judges and officers. SDA is a founding member of the International Debate Education Association and a member of the Slovak Youth Council. In 2012 SDA received the Slovak Youth Council Award and was among the recipients of the Orange Foundation Award for long-term contribution in education.
This event is made possible by the financial support of the Youth in Action Porgramme of the European Union. It aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future. It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU's borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background: Youth in Action is a Programme for all. Every year, thousands of projects are submitted by promoters in order to get financial support from the Programme; a selection process aims at granting the best projects.
The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) is a global network of organisations that value debate as a way to give young people a voice. It is the world’s leading provider of debate education, providing resources, training and events to thousands of educators and young people every month. IDEA works with schools and universities, debate organisations and community groups and we partner with foundations, NGOs, businesses, and governments. In this project IDEA is represented by its Amsterdam and London offices.
Czech Debate Association (Asociace debatních klubů, o.s.; ADK), established 1999, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit civic association. It has been established with the aim of promotion of spiritual values, humanitarian goals and advancement of education and culture in the Czech Republic. In its activities ADK is backed by Sir Popper's idea of building-up of the open society, that being mainly characterised by freedom and responsibility, democracy and peace. The aim of the ADK is to - through the medium of entertaining competitive debates - educate young people in the Czech Republic and to lead them is such a way that K. Popper's ideals would become their norm in building up both their own personalities and the whole society as well. Debate competitions are not a goal but rather a means in fulfilling this popularly desirable goal.
The Estonian Debating Society (EDS) is an educational non-profit, bringing together debate students, teachers, coaches, trainers and volunteers since 1994. Our mission is to promote a mindset in society where a stronger argument is the determining factor in any discussion as well as to teach the necessary skills. EDS was set up under Open Estonia Foundation debate program and later (1998) registered as a stand-alone non-profit. It has ca 700 members, who elect a 6-member board with a term of 2 years. The board then hires a managing director, who in turn assembles the management team. EDS is a public NGO, financed by grants from foundations, state and private institutions. It is a long-standing member of the International Debate Education Association and the Estonian Network of Non-profit Organisations.
Educational Debate Centre (EDC) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization founded by the Open Society Foundation, Lithuania. It was registered in Druskininkai on August 12th, 1999. EDC is a member of International Debate Educational Association (IDEA).
The Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA) is a public benefit non-for-profit organization rooted in the belief that democratic attitudes can be acquired through experiential learning opportunities, among them: volunteering, youth service, community involvement and formal debate. Therefore DIA provides a variety of youth service and debating opportunities for young people aged 14 to 25 all over Hungary through its national network, school-based youth service programs, the National Youth Service Day (NYSD) campaign which is part of the international Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) effort (NSYD in 2012 mobilized 13 000 young people throughout the country). Throughout its 13 years of existence, besides working with youth directly, DIA has been working with all kinds of professionals who have an impact on young people’s life such as teachers, educators, youth workers, social workers, decision makers and the media.
The Romanian Association for Debating, Oratory and Rhetoric (ARDOR) is a non-governmental association that has the purpose of sustaining education through debates, promoting argumentative dialogue and critical thinking. The association supports the activity of tens of debating unions in Romanian high-schools and universities, being involved in educational programs on topics such as active citizenship, anti-discrimination and anti-corruption discrimination. It was founded in 1998 as a follow-up of the institution of the Soros Foundation Educational Debate Programme and has a decentralized structure, being comprised of 5 regional member NGOs.
Za in Proti, zavod za kulturu dijaloga (ZIP) is a leading youth organisation in Slovenia in systematically training youth in communication and leadership skills in order to empower the active participation of young people in everyday life of their communities. Furthermore, ZIP is a leading youth organisation in promoting and organising public discussions about important contemporary controversia inviting eminent figures from public and political life, like members of the Slovenian and EP parliament, members of the government, businesses about important current issues, like human and children rights, youth participation, equal opportunities and anti- discrimination strategies, fight against climate change and protection of environment, migration, multicultural dialogue, different types of governments and democratic procedures, economic and business practices.