15/10/21: CfP Eastern Partnership Programme – Expanding cooperation with civil society in the EaP & Russia

The programme, Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia, enables civil-society organisations and the members of the public active in them to implement joint projects, thereby supporting the ongoing transformation processes in the region.

15/10/21: CfP Eastern Partnership Programme – Expanding cooperation with civil society in the EaP & Russia

The programme, Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia, enables civil-society organisations and the members of the public active in them to implement joint projects, thereby supporting the ongoing transformation processes in the region.

Through the programme, the German Government funds measures that provide comprehensive support to the transformation and internal integration processes via collaboration between German civil society and civil societies in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine) and Russia.

This includes the entire range of cultural and civic education projects – media, academia, education including vocational training, culture, language and work with young people. Project outlines (in English or German) for the year 2022 can be submitted from 10 September 2021 until 15 October 2021 via this website . Read more

12/09/21 CfP: EaP CSF Re-granting to members 2021

This Call for Proposals seeks to allocate grant funding to projects which monitor the implementation of EaP targets, deliverables and related reforms (Lot 1), and addressing the EaP CSF’s strategic and advocacy priorities (Lot 2).

12/09/21 CfP: EaP CSF Re-granting to members 2021 – Lot 1 & Lot 2

Following the success of its Re-granting to Working Groups scheme over the past six years, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat is launching a Call for Proposals under its new, re-worked Re-granting to Members programme. This scheme aims to support the work of EaP CSF members to develop and deliver on the strategic policy, advocacy and capacity building priorities of the Forum within the regional dimension. Read more

Report: Policies for human capital development: Eastern Partnership

Report: Policies for human capital development: Eastern Partnership: an ETF Torino Process assessment by Deij

The present regional report for the Eastern Partnership is the result of the fifth round of the Torino Process (2018-2020). The report coincides with the planning for the Eastern Partnership post-2020 policy framework and aims to provide a solid basis for regional policy dialogue between the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on human capital development issues. It is designed to support medium- to longer-term strategic thinking in VET, looks into the regional aspects of education outcomes, and discusses commonalities while respecting the differences between the countries of the region. The report provides a summary of key policy updates, data and information, including an overview of countries’ progress against key EU benchmarks and donor contributions to human capital in the region. Read more

31/03/21 Ukraine Calling: CfA

The programme offers seminars and workshops to provide orientational and applied knowledge on the topic of local development, as well as to assist its participants in developing cross-sectoral competences and to foster international networking.

31/03/21 Ukraine Calling: CfA – Project-oriented capacity building for civil society organisations

Project-oriented capacity building for civil society organisations and initiatives from Ukraine, Belarus, France, Poland, and Germany on local development.

Who can participate?

The programme offers seminars and workshops to provide orientational and applied knowledge on the topic of local development, as well as to assist its participants in developing cross-sectoral competences and to foster international networking. Actors from various fields (i.a. education, human rights, culture, media, academia) are invited to apply, introducing a project idea for cross-sectoral transnational cooperation, that they want to develop for subsequent implementation after the programme. A special focus of Ukraine Calling concerns the questions about the way societal chal-lenges can be tackled better by projects involving actors from different sectors (i.e. civil society, culture, city administrations). Read more

The situation of children with disabilities in Belarus

Stigma and discrimination, both structural and social, against children with disabilities are widespread. Communities at large fail to understand that most families with children with disabilities could enjoy fulfilling lives if given adequate support by social protection, education and healthcare sectors.

By Alexander Karankevich, independent consultant

Children with disabilities in Belarus continue to face multiple institutional, attitudinal and structural barriers to realizing their human rights despite the efforts of the country to protect and promote their rights. Stigma and discrimination, both structural and social, against children with disabilities are widespread. Communities at large fail to understand that most families with children with disabilities could enjoy fulfilling lives if given adequate support by social protection, education and healthcare sectors. The State policy is grounded on a medical model of disability that cannot address complex societal and other barriers that children with disabilities face.

Inclusive education is in its very beginning in Belarus. Health problems and disabilities prevent children from studying on an equal basis in regular general education school and such children are at greatest risk of being placed in residential institutions. A large share of the children living in residential care are children with disabilities (48.2%), and about 75% of these children have parents who have either abandoned them voluntarily (35%) or been deprived of parental rights (40%) according to data from the Belarus Statistical Committee. Once in institution, a child with disabilities usually spends most of his/her life in residential care and is transferred from one institution to another. There are several types of institutional care, mostly specialized on age and specific needs of the child: infant homes (healthcare system), orphanages and boarding schools (education system), boarding homes (social protection system).

Those parents who choose to keep their children often limit their contact with the community because of fear of stigma and discrimination. Considerably a small number of substitute parents (guardians, foster, adoptive parents) dare to take the responsibility for the care of a child with special needs.

The services for children with disabilities in Belarus are provided by a range of actors, including education, social protection and healthcare systems. The lack of coordination hinders the effective provision of these services. Even if coordination mechanisms are technically in place, they often fail to address children with disabilities’ particular risks of social exclusion and isolation. Professionals generally lack the competence and knowledge to adequately address the needs of children with disabilities, underestimate the role of the family and the adverse impact of institutionalization on a child’s well-being.

The de-institutionalization process in the country led to the closure or reorganization of the residential care network. The process of the reorganization of the residential institutions under the health sector started in 2015 and only in 2018 in the social protection sector.

The boarding homes for children and young people with disabilities are the largest residential care institutions in Belarus. They function under the social protection system and provide accommodation, education and care to children and youth with severe disabilities. The boarding homes are closed type institutions, mostly located far from settlements and completely cut off from the society. These are settings where children are deprived of any family like environment. It happens that children live in the crowded wards, this is especially common for children with severe and multiple health disorders.

The light at the end of the tunnel is the commitment of the Belarus Ministries of Education, Health, Labour and Social Protection to reform the residential care institutions’ network and strengthen the community-based support services for families caring for children with disabilities as stated in their ‘Сross-sectoral Plan of inter-agency measures for integrated deinstitutionalisation of children and youth for the period 2020-2023’. Early intervention healthcare services system for young children and inclusive education national policy agenda have a great potential to keep the child with special needs close to their families.

30/12/20 CfP: Welfare state and social policies in the CEE region

The peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal Problemy Polityki Społecznej/Social Policy Issues invites original paper submissions for a special issue to bring together papers exploring a broad array of research questions related to welfare state and social policies in the CEE region.

30/12/20 CfP: Welfare state and social policies in the CEE region

Journal of Social Policy Issues: Cfp on Special Issue “Welfare state and social policies in the CEE region: past developments, present challenges and prospects for the future”

Deadline: 30 December 2020

University of Warsaw invites to submit original papers to the special issue of Problemy Polityki Społecznej. Social Policy Issues – a peer-reviewed, OPEN ACCESS journal, published by University of Warsaw.

The planned Special Issue “Welfare state and social policies in the CEE region: past developments, present challenges and prospects for the future” aims to bring together papers exploring a broad array of research questions related to welfare state and social policies in the CEE region, that may touch upon past developments, present challenges as well as future prospects. By CEE region we mean a large group of countries including Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine as well as sub-country regions, e.g. east of Germany.

The best paper submitted to this issue will receive an award of 400 euro. Read more

Journal Article: The European Union’s ‘Potential We’ between Acceptance and Contestation

Journal Article: The European Union’s ‘Potential We’ between Acceptance and Contestation: Assessing the Positioning of Six Eastern Partnership Countries by Vieira

In this journal article, Vieira analyses the European neighbourhood policy and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) from the perspective of social identity theory.  Drawing on the framing analysis of strategic documents and statements, which identifies eight distinct themes, the contribution ascertains three different patterns of EaP states’ interaction with the EU: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine accepting the ‘EU’s potential we’, Armenia holding to the potential we, and Azerbaijan, as well as Belarus, contesting the potential we. Read more

Survey: South-East European local Governments Inpost Covid19 Socio-Economic Recovery

Survey: South-East European local Governments Inpost Covid19 Socio-Economic Recovery by NALAS

Within the BACID programme NALAS and KDZ implemented a study on Covid19. 150 mayors and local government representatives havev been interviewed for this study and reveal the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cities and municipalities in South-East Europe. Also good practices and recommendations for the socio-economic recovery on local level are provided. Read more

25/09/20: Webinar: labour rights in EaP

You are cordially invited to the webinar presenting and discussing the findings of this study in 4 Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.

25/09/20: Webinar: Trade Unions, Professional Associations and NGOs in labour rights in EaP

In 2019, CELSI researchers and local experts collected and analyzed data on trade unions and other organizations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. You are cordially invited to the webinar presenting and discussing the findings of this study in 4 Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The study was funded by the European Union.

Please register here to receive the zoom link for joining the webinar.
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Report: OECD Policy Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19) COVID-19 crisis response in Eastern Partner countries

Report: OECD Policy Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19) COVID-19 crisis response in Eastern Partner countries by the OECD

This note considers the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine). It analyses the economic and social impacts, as well as policy responses to contain the spread of the virus and help households and businesses weather the crisis. Finally, a menu of policy options is considered for supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in the short and medium terms, with a particular focus on digitalisation. Read more