Civil Society Brings New Ideas to Confidence BuildingJul 4, 2013
TBILISI. 4 July 2013 – Sixteen Abkhaz, Georgian and South Ossetian civil society organizations received funding from the joint EU/UNDP programme – Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM), under the first call for project ideas announced in December 2012.
The winning projects tackle a range of issues related to building confidence within and across communities divided by conflict. This includes the increased contacts between the youth, farmers, teachers, doctors and scholars; better healthcare and education in the areas affected by crisis; peace journalism and professional reporting; people’s diplomacy and women’s role in the transformation of conflict.
The total amount of funding exceeds Euro 1 million. Euro 200 thousand was contributed by the Government of the Netherlands through the Dutch Stability Fund.
Three civil society organizations funded from the contribution of the Government of the Netherlands – Go Group Media, Studio RE and the Association “Peaceful and Business Caucasus”, were invited to the UN House in Tbilisi today to meet with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Georgia – Pieter Jan Langenberg, Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia – Ambassador Philip Dimitrov, and Deputy Head of the United Nations Development Programme in Georgia – Inita Paulovica.
The second call for project ideas under the Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM) was announced in May 2013. COBERM will run till May 2015 with Euro 5 million in EU funding.