East Central Europe/Eurasia Regional

Civic Initiative “Free Belarus”
To raise the awareness of Europeans about the political situation in Belarus and network European and Belarusian activists and organizations promoting democratic reform. The Initiative will upgrade and expand its website, www.forbelarus.eu , and help to organize a “Days of Belarusian Freedom” festival in Poland to advertise the website, educate Poles, foster activism among Belarusians in Poland, and support the democratic forces in Belarus on Belarusian Independence Day.

East European Democratic Center (EEDC)
To develop and strengthen youth NGOs in central and southern Russia. EEDC will train local youth leaders in fundraising and program management, organize a study visit on the third sector to Poland, and oversee a two-week internship program with similar NGOs in Poland. Additionally, the Center will conduct a small grants competition which will make grants averaging $1,500 for local youth programs to five Russian NGOs.

East European Democratic Center (EEDC)
To foster the development of the local independent press in Central Asia. The Warsaw-based EEDC will organize three three-day workshops in Osh, Talas, and Khujand to train editors and advertising managers from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on newspaper financing. Following the trainings, the Center will work with editors to restructure their editorial offices. EEDC will also award five small grants to newspapers to improve their financial viability.

East European Democratic Center (EEDC)
To foster the development of independent youth organizations at the local level in Ukraine. The Center will build the capacity of youth groups from central and eastern Ukraine by organizing six training seminars. The two-day events will focus on proposal writing; project monitoring; program evaluation; accounting; NGO management; leadership skills; team work; strategic planning; and working with volunteers, media and local governments.

East European Democratic Center (EEDC)
To foster the development of independent media and expand freedom of information in Belarus. The Warsaw-based EEDC will award 18 to 25 small grants to independent publications. Four publishing centers will be established in important regional cities. In addition, the Center will conduct a training workshop on samizdat publishing and security. Finally, the EEDC will print the follow-up publication to its highly successful The Belarus Third Sector guidebook.

Education Society for Malopolska (MTO)
To promote civic activism among pupils, parents, teachers, and school directors in eastern and southern Ukraine through it’s Public Achievement (PA) program. MTO will monitor 35 schools carrying out this unique civic education program, conduct trainings for 60 PA mentors, convene a fair for 100 persons implementing the PA program in Ukraine, and produce 1,000 copies of a Ukrainian-language brochure about the PA program.

Foundation for Education for Democracy (FED)
To assist activists and local educators in Eurasia in acquiring, adapting, utilizing, and teaching western-style civic education, NGO development, and leadership skills. The Warsaw-based FED will conduct 50 workshops in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Mongolia. The workshops will provide training for more than 1,110 activists and are designed to develop and expand core groups of indigenous trainers in these countries and regions.

Foundation for Education for Democracy – Central Asia
To assist civil society organizations in Central Asia. The Foundation will conduct an orientation in Poland about the situation of civil society in Central Asia; oversee a 14-day study visit of 15 Polish and Ukrainian NGO and media activists to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan; and organize a ten-day study visit of NGO activists from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to Poland.

Foundation for Enterprise Promotion “Pogezania”
To build cooperative relationships between NGOs, young people, and local government entities in Poland and Kaliningrad. Together with the Kaliningrad Regional Youth Organization “Tsunami,” the Foundation will conduct four workshops and two cross-border visits for representatives from both countries, establish a Polish-Russian Cooperation Center in northern Poland, and produce a guidebook for local government representatives in Kaliningrad.

Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies
To promote reform and activism that engages local government in Russia by introducing local Russian activists to Poland’s successful experience of decentralization. Two groups of 50 young activists from Russia will attend a seven-day training program in Poland where they will observe state and nongovernmental organizations focusing on central, regional, and local government.

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)
To sustain a fellowship program for six Russian think tank analysts. IPA will collaborate with the St. Petersburg Center for Humanities and Political Studies “Strategy.” The analysts will research such topics as the new borders of Europe, EU integration criteria, EU New Neighborhood Policy, decentralization and local government reform, and corruption. Participants will visit Warsaw to be trained in research skills, analysis, and writing.

Medium Orient Information Agency
To provide objective, timely and first-hand information on local attitudes to key issues in the North Caucasus. The Prague-based Agency will conduct twelve surveys on important social, political and economic issues in the North Caucasus. A major topic of the polls will be attitudes regarding the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Russia. Four booklets with the polling results will be distributed in Moscow and the North Caucasus.

The Medium Orient Information Agency
To increase understanding of the situation in the North Caucasus both within and outside Russia. The Agency will expand its Caucasus Times website, www.caucasustimes.com, to include a series of in-depth articles, analysis, and interviews on developments in the North Caucasus. The site features original content by credible analysts and activists on topics of political and economic interest as well as public opinion polling and headlines.

National Democratic Institute
To train political and civic activists from Eurasia in Poland. In cooperation with the European Institute for Democracy, NDI will select participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine to receive training on organizational development, membership recruitment, communications, organization of congresses or events, policy research, and other topics. With NDI's guidance, the groups will develop workplans for projects to implement their newly acquired skills.

The People in Need Foundation (PINF)
To promote the development of civil society and independent media in Transnistria, Moldova. PINF will organize two seven-day visits for a total of 14 journalists and civic activists, which will bring participants to the Czech Republic for study, training, and networking. Czech experts from PINF will also conduct training seminars in Transnistria, Vadul lui Vade, and Odessa on NGO management and civic journalism.

Polish-Czech-Slovak Solidarity Foundation
To strengthen freedom of information and independent media in Eurasia and raise the professional qualifications of regional journalists and media practitioners. The Warsaw-based Foundation will invite media practitioners from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, and Azerbaijan for media-related internships in Poland. At least 30 journalists and editors will spend two weeks receiving practical training in accordance with their specialties and the work they are currently performing.

Polish-Czech-Slovak Solidarity Foundation
To enhance the capacity for independent publishing by prodemocratic NGOs and independent newspapers in Central Asia. The Foundation will continue its desktop publishing training and equipment support program for representatives of prodemocratic NGOs and independent newspapers in Central Asia. The Foundation will train at least 20 activists and to equip at least 10 organizations from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

The Polish Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI)
To promote transparency and effective local government in eastern Ukraine. PAUCI will award small grants averaging $7,000 to Polish and Ukrainian NGOs for anti-corruption and local government reform programs targeting local government, NGOs, and media in Ukraine’s Donbas region. The small grant programs will allow local NGOs to monitor local governments for transparency, accountability and corruption; and educate journalists about standards of good governance.

Prague Watchdog
To promote human rights, humanitarian assistance and freedom of information in the North Caucasus. Prague Watchdog will continue operating its website, www.watchdog.cz, a leading source of information on Chechnya, Ingushetia, and other North Caucasus republics. With the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations, an independent NGO based in Moscow, Prague Watchdog will continue to produce an independent magazine to promote civil society for Chechens.

Rebirth of Crimea Foundation (RCF)
To promote civic activism among 800 young people, parents, and teachers in Ukraine’s rural Crimea. In cooperation with the Poland-based Foundation for a Democratic East, the RCF will conduct 41 training workshops to establish multiethnic parent teacher associations, school newspapers, and student governments in 20 rural high schools in Crimea. Ten of the new organizations will be awarded computer equipment to assist in their work.

The TOGETHER Foundation - Regional Centre for the Psychosocial Well-being of Children
To promote civic activism among young people in Chechnya. Slovenian experts will organize one advanced training course for 20 mentors from last year’s program and two basic courses for 20 additional Chechen teachers and NGO activists. The mentors will train 600 pupils in voluntarism and oversee their public service. Each pupil will volunteer for a minimum of two hours per week in Chechen schools, hospitals, NGOs, and local communities.

Transitions Online (TOL)
To expand and improve internet reporting in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan. TOL will train nine Central Asian journalists for two-weeks in Prague. TOL will organize a three-day training in Bishkek for fifteen journalists and two distance learning programs on “new media” and reporting on environmental issues. Approximately 75 journalists are expected to participate in the program.

Transitions Online (TOL)
To strengthen the professionalism of independent journalists and web-based news outlets in Russia. TOL will bring 20 Russian media practitioners to Prague for a training internship on how to operate an online news service, continue its distance-learning program for 25 journalists from Russia’s regions, develop and publish articles on topics underreported in the Russian media, and assist representatives of Russia’s regional media outlets to attend a seminar on new media in the former Soviet Union.