Resilient Civil Society and Media respond to the Ukraine War

Project Description
A consortium of People in Need (PIN), Prague Civil Society Centre (PCSC) and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) aim to build the resilience of civil society and independent media in the Eastern Partnership (EaP +) region with the skills and financial resources to effectively respond to the needs of the conflict-affected population. The war in Ukraine affected actors in Ukraine and in countries in EaP+ region, such as Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, as well as actors from Russia and Belarus. With the aim of reflecting the new situation, providing adequate support, empowering internal resources, addressing the needs of the affected population, and building resilience, the project provides Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) to a wide range of formal and informal civil society actors, independent media, journalists and media actors. The project activities also focus on the capacity building, mental health, and psychosocial support of beneficiaries.
Specific Objective
The project´s objective is to contribute to a resilient civil society and independent media in and from Ukraine and EaP+ region empowered to respond to the evolving needs of those affected by the Ukraine war.

The overall aim of Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) is to build the resilience of the selected third parties to provide services to conflict-affected people and promote integration with host communities. The FSTP scheme also aims to support civil society organisations that were forced to relocate from Belarus and Russia.

The project aims to support more resilient independent media landscape in Ukraine that is able to survive wartime disruption, catastrophic loss of advertising revenue and combat disinformation and misinformation. Independent media actors and CSOs in selected countries will be, besides others, strengthened and more resilient through tailored trainings and Mental Health and Psychosocial support (MHPSS).
Expected Results
- Civil society and independent media have the skills, operational capacities and financial resources to safely respond to the needs of affected population
- CSOs and independent media receive capacity development, FSTP and mental health and psychosocial support
- CSOs, independent media and media actors counter disinformation, ensure quality journalism and contribute to societal resilience
- Exiled human rights defenders and independent journalists are able to continue their work in safety
- Support to efforts to ensure accountability, including individual criminal responsibility and access to justice for victims of the Russia’s aggression against Ukraine
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PROJECT DETAILS
Regional
Priority Area:
Partnership that empowers, Partnership that empowers, Partnership that protects
Subsector:
Civil society, Communication & support to media, Rule of law & human rights
Topic:
Civil society, Human rights, Media
EaP Countries:
Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine , Armenia, Azerbaijan
Project Status:
Ongoing
Start Date:
01.06.2022
End Date:
31.05.2024
Implementing Organisation:
Člověk v tísni, o.p.s., People in Need, Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Prague Civil Society Centre
Funding by the EU:
€9 600 000
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