EPNK is funding five civil society peacebuilding projects under the Regional Grants Initiative

The European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK) is pleased to announce that it will fund five civil society projects that aim to support the peacebuilding efforts concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. These projects were selected following an open call for proposals at the end of 2013 and are funded by the EPNK grant giving mechanism, the Regional Grants Initiative (RGI).

The RGI was established as part of the second phase of the EPNK with the aims to:  1) involve new partners, 2) respond to emerging needs and programmatic gaps and 3) provide a flexible mechanism for funding new activities in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The total budget of the RGI is 100,000 Euros, with each of the five projects receiving a maximum of 20,000 Euros. The RGI projects will be implemented between March and November 2014. The RGI is funded by the European Union and administered by EPNK.

Here are examples of the projects that are being implemented under the EPNK Regional Grant Initiative:


1.              Dialogue for Action:  Armenian-Azerbaijani Retreat and Dialogue

“On the Net” NGO and the “Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation” will conduct a 7-day dialogue course for 16 young people from the region of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The course will take place in Georgia and will promote reconciliation and understanding and include elements such as analytical dialogue, skill building, joint living, outdoor teambuilding, use of social media as a conflict-transformation tool and joint project planning.  Ahead of the dialogue course, preparatory workshops will also be held locally.  For more information, please visit:  http://imagineneutralzone.com or http://imaginedialogue.com.


2.              Regional youth discussion club

The NGO "Institute for People’s Diplomacy” will work together with “European Integration” NGO and “3rd View Think Tank” to establish a cross-conflict youth discussion club to discuss pressing issues related to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The first three discussions will take place online and will culminate in a face-to-face event in Tbilisi.


3.              Tekali Speech Competition

The NGO “Caucasus Centre of Peace-Making Initiatives” will work with Association “Teqali” to organise a speech competition and camp for Armenian and Azerbaijani youth to be held in Tekali, Georgia in July 2014.  In the speech competition, 24 young people from the conflict affected areas will deliver three minute speeches about their perspectives on conflict resolution.  Following the competition, the young people will spend two days learning and discussing prospects for conflict resolution at a summer camp.  For more information, please visit:  http://www.tekali.org.


4.               Fairy tales for peace

The NGO “European Movement in Artsakh[1]” will bring local theatrical groups and the Mihr Theatre from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh to put on performances of the tales of Hovhannes Tumanyan for school children.  These tales promote tolerance and aim to show school children that peace can be reached through economic cooperation and interpersonal relationships across the conflict divide.  The performances will be followed by discussions with the audience.  For more information, please visit:  http://eminartsakh.org.


[1] Place names in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are contested.  Place names listed in this document reflect organisational preferences and do not reflect the views of EPNK or the European Union.


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