EaP Civil Society Hackathon 2018

Mikalai Kvantaliani

EaP Civil Society Forum, National Platform Facilitator for Belarus

Hackathons allow organizations working locally to get feedback from people who are not involved in their activities. One of the difficulties is that organizations believe that everyone knows about the problem they’re dealing with. So, an opportunity to cooperate with a web designer or an IT expert who help you to find a solution is also a good chance to answer the question: to what extent the problem you’re dealing with is relevant to the community you’re going to impact with your activities.

Karina Litvinova

Ukraine

It was a unique experience with exciting challenges. We had to create the MVP in 3 days, having nothing but an idea. We’ve developed our ToR by day 2 and… started working non-stop! We had the job done 10 minutes before the final presentation.  Hope we'll launch it soon. {...} Many thanks to the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility’s team for such a large event! It was a wonderful, unforgettable, and warm atmosphere. Let there be more hackathons, understanding and cooperation in this world.

Oksana Boiarinova

Ukraine

After all, we’ve come back to Ukraine with flags flying! Our project Library for you has become one of the four winners at the 2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon. But this is not only our team’s victory, but of all Ukrainian libraries and their users! Ahead is an incredible piece of work that will require a large and strong team, lots of energy, support and inspiration... I’d like to say thank you to all participants, mentors and organizers! I felt your support all these three days! You helped us to realize the main value of our project and focus on the main things! This will really accelerate the process of launching the project! And, of course, I wish all your cities state-of-the-art and innovative libraries!

Andriy Gevyuk

Ukraine

Such events are very interesting, because it’s here where we find not only like-minded people, but also good mentors – those people who have already gone through all of those things and have a lot of experience to share. With such strong mentors, we have rethought and reworked a lot in our Help Invest project and can now make both technical and ideological changes in our project.

Nadejda Tsaranok

Belarus

The hackathon has really become a major breakthrough for me in the development of a new project – I had an idea, but lacked knowledge to develop an ICT tool. Now, thanks to the hackathon, I understand what to do and, thanks to our mentors, I’ve expanded the boundaries of my current knowledge.

Mikalai Kvantaliani

EaP Civil Society Forum, National Platform Facilitator for Belarus

Another unique feature of this hackathon is that it brings together teams from the EaP countries and gives you a good opportunity to see what solutions work in other countries. Here, it’s technically possible to take someone's idea and implement it in your country – an added value of such networking of people from the EaP countries.

SUPPORTING CIVIL SOCIETY FOR INNOVATION, PARTICIPATION AND CHANGE

The Project is working with the Eastern Partnership countries to promote the role of civil society actors by supporting innovative ideas based on e-learning approach, development of digital solutions to improve public sector’s transparency and accountability, strengthening cooperation and networking among the civil societies and governments throughout the region.

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Mapping studies

Better understanding of civil society organisations in the partner countries and the problems they face, to enable better planning and targeting of the future programmes for the European Commission and other donors

E-Learning Courses and Webinars

Strengthen operational and advocacy capacities of civil society, build knowledge and improve effectiveness, in particular ability to monitor governmental actions and to track budgetary spending

ICT Tools for Transparency

Contribute to the improvement of dialogue and partnership between civil society and governments by developing ICT solutions for eTransparency and eParticipation

Support to Communication Activities

Strengthen co-operation and networking among civil society actors in the EaP countries and with the EU through civil society consultations, attendance of events, exchange of information and experiences, improved public awareness about CSOs’ activities and their public image

Civil Society Fellowships

Support civil society activists from the EaP region and build their capacity to implement initiatives at grassroots, national, regional and international levels

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Civil Society News

EC Call for Proposals for CSOs in Ukraine: Support to Civil Society, Local Authorities and Human Rights in Ukraine

EC Call for Proposals for CSOs in Ukraine: Support to Civil Society, Local Authorities and Human Rights in Ukraine

European Commission launches a new Call for Proposals Support to Civil Society, Local Authorities and Human Rights in Ukraine. Deadline for submission of concept notes: 25/01/2019 The global objective of this call for proposals is to enable Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to engage as actors of governance and development at country level. It corresponds to the objectives

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Eastern Partnership: EU and neighbouring countries review progress of the 20 Deliverables for 2020 to bring concrete benefits for citizens

Foreign Ministers from 28 EU Member States and the EU’s six Eastern partners – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – met with Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn in a meeting chaired by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on 15 October. The meeting, which took place

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Eastern Partnership Youth Conference 2018: “Youth for Entrepreneurship” –  deadline for applications from EU, Russia and Turkey is 1 September 2018

Eastern Partnership Youth Conference 2018: “Youth for Entrepreneurship” – deadline for applications from EU, Russia and Turkey is 1 September 2018

The Eastern Partnership Youth Conference 2018: “Youth for Entrepreneurship” will bring +130 participants – including 90 young entrepreneurs, in one place to develop new skills, ideas and solutions to shared challenges. The Conference is organised by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) on 8-9 November in Vienna, Austria – with the support of the Austrian Presidency

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E-Democracy Tools: Communities Deciding on Local Budgets

More often than not citizens are barely able to find out how their local budget is being spent, let alone influence decisions on spending it. But with participatory budgets, citizens have the opportunity to allocate resources, prioritise policies, and monitor public spending. To put it simply, they can decide where the money should go and

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Eastern Partnership Youth Conference 2018: “Youth for Entrepreneurship” – Apply before 17 August, 2018!

Eastern Partnership Youth Conference 2018: “Youth for Entrepreneurship” – Apply before 17 August, 2018!

The Eastern Partnership Youth Conference “Youth for Entrepreneurship” 2018 will gather around 130 participants, including 90 young people with entrepreneurial ideas in order to tackle the skills challenges. It will be organised by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) on 8-9 November in Vienna, Austria. The idea of the conference builds on the previous work and

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#CivicTech4Democracy: The EU’s Global Competition to Celebrate the  International Day of Democracy – apply before 31 July 2018!

#CivicTech4Democracy: The EU’s Global Competition to Celebrate the International Day of Democracy – apply before 31 July 2018!

CivicTech4Democracy competition for civil society organisations and grassroots activists who use digital tools to advance democracy and serve the public good! If you ever implemented projects that have successfully used digital tools to advance democracy, don’t miss a chance to apply – send the videos of your projects and vote! Submission deadline: 31 July 2018! CivicTech4Democracy

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Project News

Looking for Expert Storytellers!

Looking for Expert Storytellers!

Our project is currently developing an e-course on “Storytelling for Civil Society Organisations” and we are looking for a dedicated and pro-active storyteller to help us. We are looking for someone: Who is fully bilingual English – Russian. Has at least three years of experience on developing and broadcasting stories, preferably for civil society organisations.

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The Data Deluge: Blessing or Curse? – Ideas from DataFest Tbilisi, November 2018

The Data Deluge: Blessing or Curse? – Ideas from DataFest Tbilisi, November 2018

A lot of us seem to be vaguely aware that more and more data is flooding our lives every day. But how much data do we create? According to a Forbes article from earlier this year, the amount of data we produce every day is truly mind-boggling: “There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created each

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In Ukraine, the level of civic engagement is the lowest among citizens aged 18-24, despite a complex system in place for the development and support of youth. At least this is the conclusion of a recent survey conducted by GfK Ukraine. The reasons behind this disengagement remain unclear. Valeriia Ovcharova has been working on youth policy in

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EU launches consultations with Georgian civil society

On Thursday, 11 October, the Delegation of the European Union launched extensive consultations with civil society representatives in Georgia. Around 80 representatives of Georgian civil society organisations (CSOs) met in Tbilisi to discuss and jointly identify EU priorities and actions for engagement with civil society for 2018-2020. To further enhance this dialogue with the civil

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Parents Initiatives Social Accelerator: a new EaP Civil Society Fellow’s Initiative to support parents of children with chronic health conditions

For parents to hear the doctor about their child having a chronic disease or disabling condition is a living nightmare. The verdict often comes unexpected bringing inner devastation, shattering hopes and leaving the once happy family in tatters. As time goes by, many parents become overcome with the feeling of insecurity, fear of the future

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Consultations on the new Roadmap for Engagement with Civil Society in Armenia

On September 14, the second round of consultations on the new Roadmap for Engagement with Civil Society in Armenia took place in Yerevan. The event was opened by the EU Ambassador, Mr. Piotr Switalski. 60 civil society organisations and experts convened for a discussion of the key priorities of the Roadmap in 2018-2020. This discussion was

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