In 2021, a new round of the EaP Civil Society Fellowship Programme brought 26 new #CivilSocietyFellows to our community – activists and civil society leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The competition in the 2021 call for applications was intense – we received over 220 applications from all Eastern Partnership countries.
For the next 6-8 months selected Fellows will implement their Fellowship projects which will help them develop their own leadership skills, as well as enhance their contribution to civil society development in their communities.
The new members of our Fellowship community will work on a variety of topics:
- Some of them will research areas of youth policies’ reforms, youth participation in local decision-making and youth employability; protection of the rights of child victims and youth migration issues; e-services, e-governance and e-elections.
- Other Fellows will develop training materials for mentoring on leadership skills and implementation of international student exchange programmes.
- Many of the projects will include awareness-raising campaigns and advocacy actions to promote women empowerment and participation of young people in decision-making processes, facilitate employability of youth with disabilities and more inclusive access to public services, and support the involvement of grassroot initiatives in addressing local level issues and coalition-building.
- Fellows will also develop new digital tools for fundraising for civil society organisations, improved access to public buildings, and participatory local development planning.
- Some of the Fellows will work on facilitating more effective local participatory planning through supporting community cultural life and environment-preservation activities.
You can find out more about our new Fellows and their Fellowship projects below. Stay with us for more news from the EaP Civil Society Fellows!
And if you want to join our Fellowship Programme, here is your chance: the 2022 Call for Application is open now! This Call is built around the #StandWithUkraine theme, so if you want to assist Ukrainian refugees in your country or support Ukrainian civil society in one way or another – apply for our 2022 Solidarity Fellowships!
The EU-funded EaP Civil Society Facility Project has administered the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowship programme since 2017. To-date, with a new cohort of Fellows selected, the Fellowship alumni has a total of 105 Fellows from across the six countries of the EaP. Details about the Fellows 2017-2020 and their activities.
EaP Civil Society Fellows-2021 & their Fellowship projects:
City Dream Platform
Fellowship Summary: Development and launch of a ‘City Dream’ digital platform that facilitates more participatory local planning in the Cherkasy region.
Enhancing the Capacities of Local CSOs in the Youth and Women Needs Assessment Process
Fellowship Summary: Increase the capacity of local NGOs to successfully identify, understand, and better tailor
activities to address youth and women’s challenges, including mentoring on leadership skills.
Community Protection of Horbachykha Nature Reserve
Fellowship Summary: Developing a community group to protect and promote the environmental benefits of the Horbachykha Nature Reserve (Kyiv Oblast).
Fellowship Summary: Strengthening community-building processes and mobilization of LGBTI+s and the feminist movement in Azerbaijan through capacity building of a pool of mobilizers.
Skills Gaps of Ukrainian Youth in the Digital Era: Through the Lens of the War in Ukraine
Fellowship Summary: Research and draft a report assessing skill gaps of young people in Ukraine in terms of their employability in post-war, and facilitate debate and awareness among CSOs/student groups to the findings.
Developing Grassroots Initiatives in Azerbaijan
Fellowship Summary: Developing grassroots initiatives in Azerbaijan: Increasing the skills and expansion of the influence of youth initiative groups.
Protection of Child Victims Rights in Georgia
Fellowship Summary: Researching, drafting, and promoting a policy document and roadmap for stakeholders engaged in protection of the rights of child victims in Georgia.
Report on the Youth Internal Mobility in Georgia
Fellowship Summary: Analysis of youth migration issues in regions of Georgia and facilitating fora for CSOs and local government to debate youth policies and mobility.
Accelerating KekaMaps.com in Azerbaijan
Fellowship Summary: Strengthen capacities to ensure the self-sustainability and enlargement of ‘kekamaps’, a tool for monitoring and advocating for improved accessibility of public buildings in Azerbaijan.
New Fundraising Instruments for Local Charities and NGO’s
Fellowship Summary: Provide Belarusian charities with a new digital instrument for fundraising and donation analytics, including website/fundraising pages launch tool, and check-out charity extension for woo-commerce powered websites.
Association of Culture
Fellowship Summary: To strengthen the networking of CSOs and activists in the cultural sector in Vinnytsia through coordinated responses to the needs of IDPs, including displaced artists. Cultural activists will contribute to distributing emergency relief and address stress issues through cultural events and art therapy.
Youth Voice – Fostering Sustainable Development by Youth Empowerment
Fellowship Summary: To strengthen organized youth in Gori municipality of Georgia and assist youth refugees from Ukraine with adaptation, foster their participation in decision making process, and support their lobbying on local issues.
Open Dialogues: How to Build Peace during Wartime
Fellowship Summary: Identifying good practices in open dialogue for peace-building and social cohesion, piloting a training, then scaling up with good practice from Finland/Sweden and youth in Ukraine.
Fellowship Summary: Promotion of democratic culture and citizenship to students through a series of dialogue activities, competitions and social media campaign.
Mentorship/Buddy System “MEntor”
Fellowship Summary: Based on international good practices, develop and deliver a Handbook and training course for mentors of Erasmus and other international student exchange beneficiaries.
Risks and Opportunities: Towards a Better Understanding of Internet Voting in Moldova
Fellowship Summary: Facilitation of participatory analysis of risks and opportunities related to internet
voting in the electoral, social and security context of Moldova, and sharing of international good practices.
Mentoring for Teachers in Rural Communities
Fellowship Summary: Develop and pilot a methodology and mechanism for mentoring school teachers in Boratyn (Volyn region) and then support association to adopt and promote, with adaptations for the war context.
Women Bike Camp in Vanadzor
Fellowship Summary: Design and deliver a campaign and ‘bike camp’ which uses the promotion of healthy lifestyles as a tool for the empowerment of women.
IT Quality Assurance for Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Georgia
Fellowship Summary: Research and develop a set of guidelines on latest EU policies on public data and e-services and promote and debate these with key CSO and govt stakeholders in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine.
Stronger Network of CSOs Responding to Needs of IDPs in Western Regions of Ukraine
Fellowship Summary: Strengthening a pool of activists, in the Lviv region, through a ToT and coaching, who will support provision of assistance to IDPs and enhanced coordination among CSOs and other stakeholders.
AskGov.ge: On the Road to Opening up the Governmental Data
Fellowship Summary: Strengthening the ‘AskGov.ge’ platform, with adaptations from international good practice, to increase access to information held by public bodies.
Interim Monitoring of the Three-year Reform of the Youth Agency
Fellowship Summary: Evidence-based research to implement an interim monitoring of the 3-year reform of the
Youth Agency, and advocacy for more inclusive access to public services.
“enWAR_mental”: Information Campaign of the War Impact on the Ecosystems in Ukraine
Fellowship Summary: Enhance the awareness of the war impact on the environment among Ukrainian students
by implementing the information campaign “enWAR_mental”.
Victory Gardens of Radomyshl hromada
Fellowship Summary: Mobilising community and local authorities to make a collective response to the war through environmental activism – public flower garden and vegetable growing.
Evidence-based Youth Policy Development in Armenia
Fellowship Summary: Preparing and promoting a participatory policy analysis as evidence for reforming youth policies in Armenia, with support from a youth CSO social media campaign.
Promoting Employability of Youth with Disabilities
Fellowship Summary: Contributing to the social-economic inclusion of young people with disabilities through advocacy of a policy paper and supporting dialogue among stakeholders on the issues of employability of youth with disabilities.