Training on EU Grants Procedures and Management in Yerevan (Armenia), 15-18 January 2018

On 15-18 January 2018, on the request of the Delegation of the European Union in Armenia, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility organized a training “EU Grants Procedures and Management, including Financial and Budgetary Questions” for 30 representatives of recently launched EU-funded projects in Armenia.

The projects’ representatives were introduced to the EU policies on civil society and participated in an intensive training on specific issues related to the implementation of EU-funded projects, including:

  • Approaches and tools for project design;
  • Problems and causes for unsuccessful projects;
  • Financial and contractual issues, including rules and procedures of sub-granting;
  • Practical work on logical frameworks and achievement indicators;
  • Monitoring, evaluation and project reporting.

In addition, the projects’ partners got a chance to get individual coaching from the key trainer, Mrs. Tanja Hafner Ademi, on issues relevant for their specific projects.

Shushan Doydoyan, Freedom of Information Center NGO, Armenia: 

“We have 17 years of experience working with the international donors, but it’s the first time when our organisation is the lead applicant in one of the EU-funded winning projects. So, I really found this training extremely useful because the trainer could combine both theoretical and practical part, making concrete examples and going through concrete projects, which is very useful for CSOs.”   

 

EU supports innovative civic ideas through digital solutions in the Eastern Partner countries

On 25-27 November 2017, the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility and the Prague Civil Society Centre held the CitizenLab 2017 Hackathon in Kyiv, Ukraine.

33 young civil society activists, designers and IT experts from 11 countries (6 EaP countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – plus Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) gathered in Kyiv for a three-day immersive exercise to develop their ideas of civic projects and create prototype tools and applications to empower digital participation of citizens in the decision-making process.

Three days of intensive international collaboration on research, data collection and design culminated in development of 11 prototypes of web interfaces, portals, interactive maps, bots and mobile applications on a wide range of topics including segregated waste collection and disposal, air pollution monitoring, development of public spaces, police monitoring, territorial planning and mapping, participatory budgets, sex education for teenagers etc.

At the end of the event, a jury voted to select four projects from the EaP countries to apply for the EU Digitisation of Civil Society scale-up funding scheme. One of the four will have the opportunity to win additional funding from the EU’s Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility for its further development. Projects from Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine were shortlisted.

The objective of the CitizenLab 2017 Hackathon was to empower digital participation of civil society in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, to improve transparency of public institutions and to enable broader citizen involvement in decision making processes. The Hackathon also contributed to sharing good local e-Democracy practices between civil society activists and provided an opportunity to build professional networks between civil society activists and IT experts and promote cross-border cooperation. The event was organised by the Prague Civil Society Centre with the financial support of the European Union through its Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility.

CitizenLab 2017 Hackathon to Support Innovative Civic Ideas through Digital Solutions

On 25-27 November 2017, the Prague Civil Society Centre and the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility will hold the CitizenLab Hackathon to support and develop innovative civic ideas in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Over 30 civil society activists, designers and IT experts from Eastern Europe and Central Asia will gather in Kyiv for three days to create prototype tools and applications to empower digital participation of citizens in the decision-making process, on topics such as smart cities, participatory budgets, environmental monitoring, urban development and public sector transparency. Expert speakers from activism, technology, data journalism and marketing will provide intense masterclasses for all participants and offer guidance on how to design their products.

The intensive three days of project research, design and creation will culminate in a presentation of projects on Monday, 27 November 2017, where the 11 teams will pitch their prototype product, application or tool, and compete to secure mini-grants to develop their idea.

The objective of the CitizenLab Hackathon is to empower digital participation of civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, to improve transparency of public institutions and to enable broader citizen involvement in decision making processes. The Hackathon will also contribute to sharing good local e-Democracy practices between civil society activists, will help building professional relations between civil society activists and IT experts, and will promote and strengthen cross-border cooperation. The event is organised by the Prague Civil Society Centre with the financial support of the European Union through its Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility.

For more information about the Hackathon, please contact:

Ms. Iryna Velska, Key Expert of the Project and Coordinator of the CitizenLab Hackathon | [email protected]

Mr. Jake Cordell, Head of Outreach & Partnerships, Prague Civil Society Centre |  [email protected]

EaP Civil Society Fellows: Mari Chakryan’s Project “Safe playground for your kids and mine”, ARMENIA

News from EaP Civil Society Fellows – Mari Chakryan, ARMENIA:

One of the EaP Civil Society Fellows, Mari Chakryan, is implementing the project “Safe playground for your kids and mine” in Yerevan, Armenia.

The project started with the monitoring of conditions of the existing playgrounds for kids in Yerevan. In cooperation with the Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of National Academy of Sciences, land and sand samplings have been taken from the playgrounds of 5 administrative districts to make laboratory tests of soil composition and sanitary conditions of the playgrounds’ environment. Parents are actively involved in the project’s activities!

Within the next 6 months Mari, together with her colleagues and community members, will monitor the efficiency of budget money spent for reconstruction and maintenance of children’s playgrounds in the city of Yerevan through examining sanitary conditions and architectural norms and standards, organizing awareness raising campaigns and trainings for citizens on their rights to have safe public spaces and playgrounds. The objective of her project is to contribute to formation of informed and demanding civil society, through promotion of public, particularly young women’s participation in decision-making concerning children’s outdoor playgrounds, to improve cooperation between the local administration, service providers and the community, promote equitable management and civic participation.

If you are an Armenian-speaker interested in the topic – join the Project’s group: www.facebook.com/groups/705769886284360/

This project is funded by the EU within its Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility. Learn more: Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowship Programme