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    Empowering NGOs for Efficient Social Rights’ Advocacy

    August 2018 - October 2021

    Interakcia Foundation is the project partner.

    Partners: Association EAPN-Latvia, Women’s Rights Institute (Latvia), Union of Women of the Kaliningrad Region (Russia), Stowarzyszenie Vesuvio (Poland), Eesti People to People (Estonia), Lithuanian Multiple Sclerosis Union, Odense Aftenskole (Denmark), People to People (Norway).

    The project is financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

    Project budget:

    • 1st phase: DKK 444,550 (co-funding of the Nordic Council of Ministers – DKK 310,000).
    • 2nd phase: DKK 597,654 (co-funding of the Nordic Council of Ministers – DKK 411,000).

    The project focuses on capacity building and exchange of expertise in social rights’ advocacy among NGOs from Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Belarus, Poland, Russia, Estonia, and Norway.

    Second phase of the project under the title “Equal opportunities – a way to social welfare” was launched in October 2019, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, study visits as part of the project were postponed.

    Visit the website of EAPN-Latvia to find out more about the 1st phase and the 2nd phase of the project.

     

    Here are some questions that 8 partner NGOs tried to find answers to during their exchange visits to different countries:
    What is the European Pillar of Social Rights?
    How are its principles being applied in Belarus and other countries?
    What are some of European best practices of working with vulnerable population groups?
    What is the role of civil society organizations in protection of social rights?
    How can NGOs advocate and promote their agenda through collaboration with state and non-state actors?
    Project results:
    In September 2018, the project team held a training workshop in Kalinigrad (Russia) to discuss the main principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
    Over the next 12 months, partner NGOs took part in six study visits – to Riga (Latvia), Vilnius (Lithuania), Odense (Denmark), Bergen (Norway), Tallinn (Estonia), and Rzeszow (Poland). More than 50 NGO representatives from 8 countries had a chance to participate in the study visits! We visited NGOs that work with vulnerable groups (women, seniors, people with disabilities and others), state bodies (Lithuanian Parliament, various ministries) and city administrations, centers for informal and adult education, daily centers for seniors and houses for people with disabilities. In each study visit, we focused on the role of NGOs in the implementation of social policy.
    We finished the project in October 2019 with a large conference in Minsk where we discussed project results and plans for future cooperation.
    Proposals and conclusions prepared by the project partners (on lessons learned from their visits to partner countries and on the implementation of the basic principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights, as well as on the role and capacity of NGOs in ensuring social rights in partner countries) were compiled in a single document and shared with donors, partner organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders from participating countries.
    Interakcia Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with the project’s Lead Partner, EAPN-Latvia, which is a Latvian association of the European Anti-Poverty Network. By signing the document, we agreed to continue promoting cooperation between Belarusian and Latvian NGOs and other actors that work in the area of social services and social rights of vulnerable groups.
    In October 2019, a conference in Riga marked the beginning of the 2nd phase of the project, entitled "Equal opportunities - a way to social welfare"