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Supporting Civic Participation and Independent Journalism in Georgia by Sharing Czech Transformation Experience II, 2012

 

NESEHNUTÍ

Within the project, two three-day workshops of transformational cooperation were held in Kutaisi and Suchumi. Czech experts shared their experiences in civic participation, leading civic campaigns, working with new media, non-grant funding of NGOs, social entrepreneurship and safety in electronic communication with 53 local representatives of NGOs and independent media.

To increase public knowledge about possibilities of getting involved in public matters, evening screenings of documentary films with human-rights topic were performed. Documentaries and discussions concerned Georgian-Abkhazian conflict and related methods of journalist work, engagement of women in peace movement and issues of intensive farming and its impact on the environment.

From micro-project proposals submitted by the participants of the workshops, 3 projects in Georgia and 3 projects in Abkhazia were chosen to be supported by 1200 EUR. Projects in Georgia involved establishing a help-line for youngsters in Kutaisi, support of rural women’s small businesses in region of Imereti and propagation of protecting animals and vegetarianism. In Abkhazia, there was a project of journalists’ association to abolish libel as a legal offence, project opening an important topic of integration of disabled children to society and public campaign concerning road safety. The projects were continuously monitored and supported, e. g. by arranging contacts and information.

Implementers of the small projects were chosen to take part in ten days long internship in Czech Republic, where they could meet various NGOs (environmental, social, human-rights), media and meet various civic activists. They also took part in three discussions where they informed about their activities, events in South Caucasus and its civil society, and they participated in all-day field trip and had a cultural program.

Two organizations were chosen to receive mezzo-grants in 2013 in amount of 3.000 EUR. Project of Abkhazian journalists to improve free access to information was supported, as well as project concerning regulation of casinos, gambling clubs and betting offices in Kutaisi. In Abkhazia, strategic planning of the campaign was performed in October. Nine persons from the project team with assistance of external facilitator created a strategic plan of activities.

We analyzed conditions of non-profit sector in South Ossetia and possibilities of transformational cooperation, established contacts and communication with the most important civic initiatives there and according to it, we prepared a pilot project that will be implemented in 2013.

Independent internet communication platform for supported initiatives was established. There are 32 participants registered, the platform will be further developed.

Information about the project and its activities were published on the website www.cestainiciativy.cz (in English at www.initiativeway.org), publicity was also present at NESEHNUTI’s web blog, social networks Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, and there was a publicity in magazine PRES (covering topics of migration and human rights). Project activities were presented on Summer School od Development Cooperation in Olomouc, School of Civic Initiative in Lucky Vrch, at the University of Palacky for students of Department of Development Studies and on a discussion for Center for Security and Strategic Studies and Faculty of Social Studies in Brno.

Amount of financial support of the MFA of the Czech Republic: 2.000.000 CZK.

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