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COVID19: Civil Society Resilience and Sustainability

Project Description
The "COVID-19: Civil Society Resilience and Sustainability" project aims to foster the resilience and sustainability of civil society in countries of the Eastern Partnership, in order to mitigate the immediate and longer-term impact of COVID-19. It supports civil society and the broader independent activist community to continue providing access to protection and assistance, especially to the most vulnerable groups, as well as accurate information about the pandemic.
Specific Objective
The "COVID-19: Civil Society Resilience and Sustainability" project aims to achieve three major objectives:
- To provide emergency support to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) whose activities have been heavily damaged by the pandemic.
- To enhance the CSOs’ digitalisation, strategic and operational capacities to continue assisting their beneficiaries.
- To empower CSOs and independent media to fight disinformation.

- 26 CSOs will be provided with emergency grants, which is financial aid to sustain running costs (e.g., salaries, office rent).
- 200 CSOs’ representatives will receive psychosocial and legal support, as many reported of having felt more under-stress during the pandemic.
- 26 CSOs will be assigned with a digitalization grant to improve their online work (e.g. equipment, consultancy to use new technologies).
- 21 CSOs will learn how to conduct effective risk assessments, contingency plans, or how to effectively cope with a very different future working environment.
- 6 Ukrainian CSOs will be able to boost coordination and cooperation across different regions of the country.
- 5 Ukrainian policy experts and think tanks will receive support for analytical and policy-oriented projects to assess short and long-term consequences of the pandemic.
- 32 among independent media and CSOs will be supported to debunk false information.
- 25 among CSOs and Media will organize media campaigns, advocacy and awareness raising activities aiming at countering disinformation on health risks and government actions.
- In Ukraine, 6 CSOs will be funded to monitoring government’s actions, oversighting public procurement, investments in the health sector and economic aid.
Expected Results
- To build CSOs’ sustainability and resilience to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
- To equip CSOs with the necessary digital technology, structured organisational and strategic capacity to continue supporting their beneficiaries, protecting vulnerable communities and advocating for policies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
- To help CSOs and media to counter disinformation and fake news, and promote access to reliable information on the pandemic and its impact on communities through awareness raising and advocacy.

Project documents
Yezidi People in Armenia benefiting from Legal and Psychological Assistance during Covid-19 Crisis
Inspiring Hope: Psychological First-Aid and Support for People of the Kherson Region
Beacons of Critical Thinking: How Pandemic Experiences Helped Rapidly Develop Rules of Media Hygiene in Wartime
From Kharkiv NGO Cluster to humanitarian work in the field
Journalists' helping each other during the war
The Institute of Innovative Governance's Lobbying the Interests of Ukraine in Europe
How the development of a volunteer network in the Zakarpattia helps to win the war
How the neighbours help one another during the war
The story of Horenka, that survived the occupation due to the self-organisation of local residents
What people of art do during the war
CU SENS: Strengthening institutional accountability and investigative journalism in Moldova
Moldova AID: How youth with disabilities feed their dreams through rehabilitation programs in North Moldova
Transforming from within: how CSOs in Moldova strengthen their organizational efficiency
Improved psychological state in the Belozerska community of the Kherson region with the support of the European Union
Kapan Women’s Resource Center fosters women’s economic empowerment through garment manufacturing
Armenian Progressive Youth helped over 6500 Armenian families with humanitarian needs amidst the pandemic
"Aliq Media" tackles COVID-19 with the help of its readers
Est-Curier – a media survival story in the face of COVID-19
Needed Digital Technology Rapidly Provided by the European Union
European Union supports well-being of civil society activists’ during COVID-19 crisis
Y-PEER Moldova keeps its doors open thanks to the European Union support
“Lăstărel” continues its pioneering work in Criuleni
EcoVisio promotes no waste management solutions
Improved access to free legal aid for rural Roma communities in Ukraine
People with disabilities receive mentoring support and legal assistance on the topic of Entrepreneurship
NGO “Open Media Ukraine” - "Support to Ukrainian independent journalists and bloggers as a tool for the development of regional media “Open Media"
Providing "Instruments for the development of the local activity in crisis" with the support of the European Union
European Union support for "Online education as a tool for community development"
NGO Center for Research on Donbas Social Perspectives (CRDSP) - "The impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the Donbas conflict zone"
#TreatWithKindness: the European Union supports an awareness raising and anti-discrimination campaign for people infected with COVID 19
"Better informed elderly people during the COVID-19 pandemic" with the support of the European Union
“Pray because tomorrow will be the end of the world”: how an activist from Vinnytsia fights fake news on COVID-19
European Union supports Kharkiv Regional Charitable Fund “Social Assistance Serviсe” (KRCF) in improving its work with vulnerable groups through digital solutions
Strengthening NGO Donbas SOS’s COVID-19 response through digital solutions with the support of the European Union
Sustaining youth work during the coronavirus crisis with the support of European Union
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Photo gallery
Human Rights House Yerevan - Video about the "COVID-19: Civil Society Resilience and Sustainability" Project
Cinemart - Video about the results of media campaign
Keystone Moldova: creates opportunities for social inclusion of people who are in need
DenGoods - personalized wooden gift studio
Flavorya - a local producer of nutritious and healthy dehydrated products
Tromigou - a local brand of eco souvenirs and wooden gifts
“People with other diseases didn’t have access to treatment.” The story of Pavel Stoianov
Are COVID-19 cases declining? 10 questions for the Nicolai Gaisan, epidemiologist, Cahul Public Health Center
“During the illness, there is a feeling of hopelessness.” The story of Aliona Birca, who recovered from COVID-19
The story of Vasili Kavlak, dismissed during the COVID-19 pandemic
Vaccines and vaccination against COVID-19. 14 questions for the head of the Taraclia Health Center
EduJoc - learning through playing
“COVID-19 helped me discover myself", Irina Onofrei's story
Eco-Village Moldova: a place for experimental learning and educational programs
"Mtavari Arkhi" - Vaccination Campaign
Priority Area:
Partnership that empowers, Partnership that greens
Civil society, Health
Civil society, Health, COVID-19
EaP Countries:
Armenia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine
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