This EU-funded technical assistance project acts as integrator and capitalisation centre, creating synergies between the various bilateral and regional initiatives for civil society, and contributing to the replication and sustainability of their results. It is accompanying the EU financial support to activities carried out by civil society organisations, in their acknowledgement as actors crucial to pushing forward reforms in the Eastern Partnership countries and advancing the achievement of the Eastern Partnership Deliverables.

Project Aim

Overall objective

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen and promote civil society’s role in reforms and democratic changes that are taking place in the Eastern Partnership countries


Project Components and Expected Results

Component 1

Mapping studies for a better understanding of civil society organisations in the partner countries and their problems.

Expected results:

  • The European Commission has a better understanding of civil society organisations in the Eastern partnership countries and the problems they face and consequently better targets its future EU-funded programmes
  • The European Commission has a better understanding of the impact of its funding at regional level and in each of the countries, including of best practices in the use of its support
  • Other donor organisations make use of the analysis provided
  • Civil society organisations use the results of the mappings in their policy and advocacy work

Component 2

E-learning courses and webinars for more technical knowledge to strengthen civil society capacity and local impact

Expected results:

  • The capacities of civil society organisations are strengthened and their effectiveness is improved, in particular their ability to monitor government actions and track budgetary spending

Component 3

Hackathons to develop new ICT tools to empower digital participation of civil society to collect and analyse data, improve transparency and communication of governmental decisions and spending, to enable broader participation in decision making processes

Expected results:

  • At least four ICT tools for transparency and participation are developed, helping citizens monitor governments actions and leading to the improvement of public services

Component 4

Better communication for high-impact civil society work to improve the image of civil society work and learn how to communicate it better

Expected results:

  • Cooperation and networking among targeted civil society organisations and between civil society organisations and other stakeholders is strengthened
  • Representation of civil society from partner countries to relevant regional events is facilitated, on a case-by-case basis
  • Civil society consultations are organised as part of critical decision making processes related to either implementation of EU policies and support, and/ or those of partner governments
  • Exchange of information and experience between civil society organisations is further strengthened
  • Public awareness of the activities of civil society organisations is raised
  • The public image of civil society organisations has improved

Component 5

Civil Society Fellowships for future leaders in key sectors, to enable them to drive change

Expected results:

  • Civil society fellowships are granted to 80 highly-skilled civil society experts in specific key sectors, allowing them to constructively engage with different partners and contribute to reforms in the partner countries
  • The capacities of involved civil society organisations to promote reform and increase public accountability are increased
  • The role of civil society organisations as watchdog players is strengthened
  • Civil society organisations have increased capacity to contribute to sector/country analyses and to meaningfully participate in the definition of performance criteria and related monitoring systems

Contractual information

Geographical scope

The project is implemented in six countries of the Eastern Partnership: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine


The project commenced in December, 2016 and will last for 48 months until December, 2020


EUR 3,981,000


GDSI Limited (Ireland) in consortium with Altair Asesores S.L. (Spain), CCC Creative Center (Ukraine), International Center for Human Development (Armenia), Office for European Expertise and Communications (Belarus) and Transparency International Georgia