Over the past four years, the programme “Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia” has received over 2200 project submissions and implemented more than 650 projects with a total volume of some 46 million, thereby helping numerous civil-society organisations to play their role as key actors and important partners for government action. Project ideas can be submitted as part of a pre selection process up until 15 December.
The German Government is funding measures that provide comprehensive support to the necessary transformation and integration processes via collaboration between German civil society and civil societies in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine) and Russia. This spans the entire range of cultural and civic education projects, with a focus on media, academia, education including vocational training, culture, language and work with young people. As many dedicated actors as possible from a country’s rural regions and urban centres should be involved in order to enhance social cohesion and the establishment of civil-society structures in the region and to promote the principles of a fundamentally free, democratic and pluralist order.
Aims of cooperation with civil society
One of the programme’s main aims is to create and expand a pluralistic media landscape and in so doing to increase the recognition of and respect for diversity of opinion within society. There are various ways to do this, including providing basic and further training for journalists, bloggers and other media actors and by running projects to improve media skills, for instance at schools and universities.
Another important goal of the project is to promote a discussion of fundamental values, such as respect for human rights, the legitimacy of the administration, the independence of the judiciary, the right of the individual to life and self determination, as well as the principle of majority decision, by means of exchange and cultural projects and civil-society dialogue.
Also, the aim is to give young people from the region in particular prospects for their own economic, societal and social development. Training and further training projects are regarded as the foundations on which all people build their personal dreams and prospects for the future and so the programme focuses on these, too.
Another important goal is to restore the willingness to enter into dialogue and build understanding between societies whose states are parties to a territorial conflict. Unresolved tensions resulting from different historical narratives have also led to deep rifts among the civil societies. So the programme seeks to support people and organisations that work with the affected groups to encourage them to understand the other side’s point of view and develop a willingness to compromise from this understanding.
Submitting Project ideas
As there was huge interest in support within the scope of the programme in past years, civil-society actors in Germany and the region can now submit their project ideas for 2018 (in the form of a project outline) as part of the pre selection process.
Project outlines can be submitted via the website given below up until 15 December 2017. Please note that project outlines submitted by any other route cannot be accepted.
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Submit your Project idea online (only German)