Minority Rights Group Europe is the lead operator of a new project titled Eastern Partnership Minorities Network. The three year project is co-funded by the European Commission and partnered by European Centre for Minority Issues Caucasus.
ECMI Caucasus and the Analytical Center for Interethnic Cooperation and Consultations (ACICC) are responsible for activities to be implemented in Georgia, and ECMI Caucasus will be managing the Belarus component of programme.
Analytical Center for Interethnic Cooperation and Consultations (ACICC) Georgia, the Analytical Centre on Global and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), Armenia, and the Social Action Center “Without Borders” (SACWB), Ukraine are also partners of the project, and partners of Moldova and Azerbaijan will soon be invited.
A minority organizations network in the making
The project, Eastern Partnership Minorities Network, aims at creating a minority organizations network across the ‘Eastern Partnership region’ to share the knowledge of best practices of minority governance.
The goals will be
- to strengthen the cooperation between minority organizations;
- to increase the capacity of civil society organizations in ‘Eastern Partnership countries’;
- to advocate their needs;
- to empower minority communities;
- to effectively participate in public and political life, reforms and democratic changes;
The main project activities are
- trainings for minority organisations on Eastern Partnership processes and minority rights;
- online training courses on minority rights for local authority representatives;
- establishment of the Eastern Partnership Minorities Network and best practice seminars;
- establishment of a web portal and a resource centre for the Network;
- local and national level public information campaigns by civil society organizations on Eastern Partnership and Minority Rights;
- editing of a policy paper on the impact of the Eastern Partnership on minority rights implementation;
- editing of an advocacy guide for civil society organizations on the Eastern Partnership;
- editing of shadow reports on minority rights to international monitoring bodies;
- editing of national monitoring reports on the impact of Eastern Partnership programmes on minority rights;
- participation in Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and other regional development fora by minority organisations;
- advocacy visits in Brussels with EU and Eastern Partnership decision makers
Gudauri, 18 April. The partners of the project, Eastern Partnership Minorities Network, including the Budapest based Minority Rights Group project unit. The picture was taken by a hotel staff employee at the launch of the project. Photo: ECMI Caucasus.