Activities in the past

Supporting Civil Society and Transformation in Caucasus Through Sharing Experience of Visegrad NGOs II.

This project includes cooperation of NESEHNUTI with following:

The project focuses on the development of democracy, civil society and cooperation while reinforcing the protection of human rights in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan through sharing experiences from transformation processes in Visegrad countries. Chosen initiatives (mainly aimed at performing advocacy campaigns) will be empowered by strategic plannings, small grants, continuous coaching, internships in the Visegrad countries, sharing experience on a “bar camp” conference and on-line networking. The project is implemented in 2014-2015.

The project was supported by International Visegrad Fund as a Flagship Project.

2012

South Caucasus

In 2012, educational trainings took place in the cities of Kutaisi and Sukhumi, which provided the local initiatives and independent media with new knowledge and experience in the areas of citizen participation, leading civic campaigns, using new media, other than grant funding of NGOs, as well as social entrepreneurship and security in electronic communication. When carrying out these seminars we shared our experience from the development of the civic sector in the Czech Republic.

The seminars were followed by evening film screenings open to public and accompanied by discussions. The film documents and debates referred to the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and the related journalistic work, the engagement of women in the freedom movement and the issue of intensive farming and its impact on the environment.

The representatives of the participating organisations could register their projects for an open competition and apply for funding. The six best projects received small grants of 1.200 EUR. The Georgian projects covered establishing a phone helpline for teenagers in Kutaisi, supporting small enterprise of women in rural areas of the Imereti region and promoting the topic of animal protection and vegetarianism; in Abkhazia there was a project of a group of journalists campaigning for the abolition of libel as a legal offence in Abkhazia, another one concerning the integration of children with disabilities into the society and a public campaign dealing with road accidents.

The coordinators of the projects mentioned came to the Czech Republic in September to take part in a study visit. They visited several NGOs, media and other institutions. At the same time, debates with the representatives of the civil initiatives from Abkhazia and Georgia took place in Prague, Olomouc and Brno.

Furthermore, in October we helped an Abkhaz journalist association to strategically plan a new campaign for free access to information.

At the end of the year we started to publish regular news coverage from the South Caucasus in Czech. You can subscribe and receive the latest news by e-mail – simply use the form shown on the right side of this page or take a look at the archive of the monthly digest.

Transnistria

We helped to plan a campaign for free access to information in cooperation with an active team. More about the campaign here.

Belarus

In February 2012 a happening took place in front of the Belarusian embassy to protest against evicting the Belarusian human rights organisation Viasna from its office.

Supporting Pussy Riot

The case of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot is well known already. In June the imprisoned musicians gained support from Nesehnutí  as well as from the statues of the city of Brno which took part in a demonstration.  In August Pussy Riot was supported by the music festival Trutnov Open Air.

 

Supporting Civil Society and Transformation in Caucasus Through Sharing Experience of Visegrad NGOs

This project includes cooperation of NESEHNUTI with following:

The project focuses on the development of democracy, civil society and cooperation while reinforcing human rights protection in Georgia and Armenia through sharing experiences from transformation processes in Visegrad countries. Workshops, small grants, couching and advisory, strategic planning, internships in Visegrad countries and networking by progressive on-line tools are activities for Georgian and Armenian civic initiatives and small NGOs (partly watchdog) being performed in 2013.

The project was supported by International Visegrad Fund as a Flagship Project.

 

 

2011

South Caucasus

Two three-day workshops of transformational cooperation were held in Tbilisi and Sukhum. Czech experts shared their experiences in civic participation, democratic principles, human rights, fundraising, leading civic campaigns, media work and using social networks and new media in campaigns with 50 local representatives of NGOs and independent media.

Sukhum (7 – 9 May 2011): Invitation (PDF), Program of the workshop (PDF), Application form (DOC)

Tbilisi (13 – 15 May 2011): Invitation (PDF), Program of the workshop (PDF), Application form (DOC)

To increase public knowledge about possibilities of getting involved in public matters, evening screenings of documentary films with human-rights topic were performed and followed by discussions. The topics were concerning international conflicts and possibilities of its perception and solution, campaign related to influence of traffic in the cities to health and environment of the citizens, and possibilities of informing the world about events in the region by using up-to-date informational technologies.

Tbilisi (13 – 15 May 2011): Poster – in Georgian language (PDF)

Afterwards, participants of the workshops applied for support of their micro-projects.

Micro-grants, Sukhum: Call announcement (PDF), Description of a project and application to the internship in Czech Republic (DOC)

Micro-grants, Tbilisi: Call announcement (PDF), Description of a project and application to the internship in Czech Republic (DOC)

3 projects in Georgia and 3 projects in Abkhazia were chosen to be supported by 1200 EUR. Projects in Georgia concerned civic participation in decision making processes about vast construction intentions in the center of Batumi, support of public participation of IDPs and improvement of their awareness in Kutaisi and education about human rights and children’s rights in Tbilisi. In Abkhazia, projects concerned education in a field of traffic safety, protecting the nature and environment in Abkhazian mountainous national park and informing public about this issue. Last project supported conscious volunteering of students in Abkhazian state university.

Project teams’ representatives 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 civic activists. They also took part in a press conference where they could introduce their projects, visited center of environmental education and also had a cultural program. At the end of the internship, they participated in three day weekend school together with Czech students at Masaryk university. Lectures and workshops with renowned experts concerned 8 topics in four blocks (media, economy, civic society, science and society).

The information about aforementioned activities are published at this website http://cestainiciativy.cz, publicity was also present at NESEHNUTI’s web blog, there were several references in media thanks to the press conference (as the most important, a TV report with direct presence of two Caucasian visitors) and there was the publicity in magazine PRES (covering topics of migration and human rights), whose one issue was aimed specifically to Caucasus. In December as a part of Week of Human Rights in Brno, there was a public screening of documentary film On the Border of the Empire about Georgian-Abkhazian conflict and a debate with its author Petruska Sustrova.

Transnistria

We have established cooperation with civic initiatives in Transnistria, organized three-day workshop with strategic planning and helped to start up a campaign for free access to information. Report from this action is at our blog (in Czech language).