• Christoph Kniel

Stiftung Mercator's partner organizations

Achieving systemic impact through new institutions

We select the project type that we believe will be best suited to achieving the project objective in question. In some cases it may make sense to set up partner organizations in order to achieve the greatest possible systemic impact. We use different partners, structures and framework conditions to establish this particular form of long-term commitment to a project.

The key question is whether a partner organization will be able to fill a gap, and whether the requisite institutional expertise would not otherwise be available. Furthermore, partner organizations have the advantage of being able to focus on specific content and to work independently and flexibly. At the same time, they can make use of the experience of Stiftung Mercator and, if applicable, of other partners. We believe in cooperation in this context too, recruiting other partners wherever possible to found and support partner organizations.

At present, 13 partner organizations are working with us to achieve our objectives in our thematic clusters of Europe, Integration, Climate Change and Cultural Education.



Making the energy transition a success

Politicians in Germany have set themselves the ambitious goal of restructuring the energy sector and moving from coal-based and nuclear power to wind and solar energy. The Agora Energiewende illustrates possible ways of achieving this.

In February 2016, Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation launched the “Agora Verkehrswende” (i.e. Agora Transport Transition). Based on the Agora Energiewende model, the initiative aims to promote the switch to a climate-friendly and sustainable transport system in Germany. The restructuring of the transport sector that this will necessitate poses a challenge for the whole of society. Pursuing discourse with central political, business, scientific and civil society stakeholders, the initiative’s goal is therefore to establish the scientific foundation for a comprehensive climate change strategy in the transport sector in Germany and to support its implementation.

Facts about the energy transition

Journalists often have to work to tight deadlines. To make sure that the quality of reporting on the complex subject of the energy transition does not suffer as a result, Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) supports media representatives by supplying them with reliable information.

Bringing young people together, promoting friendship

The German-Turkish Youth Bridge aims to intensify exchange between young people from Germany and Turkey with a view to strengthening relations between the two countries in the long term.

The path to a European perspective on China

The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) paints a realistic picture of China in Germany as a way of providing key information to politics, business and society.

Consolidating strengths in science

The Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) promotes ambitious research projects and individuals aimed at driving forward cooperation between the universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen.

New prospects for the planet

The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) is searching for practicable ways of using global resources sustainably – with a view to limiting climate change and controlling its consequences.

Language, the key to education

The Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education plans to bring about lasting improvements in language training in schools.

The non-profit organization MUTIK develops, plans and implements projects in the areas of cultural education and diversity. Projects such as “Culture Agents for Creative Schools”, “Creative Potentials in Dialogue” and “Art Labs” help to give all schoolchildren in Germany better opportunities to access high quality cultural education. The project “Young Islam Conference” offers young people, be they of migrant origin or not, a platform for knowledge acquisition, exchange and participation in social debates aimed at shaping the way people live together in a diverse society. As a Stiftung Mercator partner organization, MUTIK pursues its goals with other public- and private-sector institutions.

Cultural education for all

The Council for Cultural Education wishes to raise the quality and status of art, music, literature, dance and theatre in everyday life and make them accessible to as many people as possible.

RuhrFutur – a changing education landscape

RuhrFutur aims to combine and consolidate the strengths of many different educational partners in the Ruhr region – with a view to achieving equal opportunities in education.

The voice of science on the subject of immigration

Through its Annual Report, the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR) makes sure that politicians are provided with a sound basis for taking decisions on the subject of migration – and that the issue is debated more objectively in society.

Öffnen, Begleiten, Stärken – Vielfalt in Kultur.

Die Gesellschaft wandelt sich – und mit ihr die Anforderungen an kulturelle Einrichtungen. Die ZAK NRW beschäftigt sich gemeinsam mit den Kultureinrichtungen damit, wie sie erfolgreich neue Zielgruppen ansprechen können und gleichzeitig ihr eigenes Angebot zukunftsfähig machen können.