IWPR Project Reviews

Overview of important programme outcomes and activities.

June - July 2011

An IWPR probe into the state of children’s homes in Armenia has stirred an internet debate, with most users appalled at the neglect outlined in the report. But officials have been unresponsive on the issue.

Armenian and Azeri journalists meet the governor of the Kvemo Kartli region. (Photo: Giorgi Kupatadze)

IWPR brought together ten young journalists from Azerbaijan and Armenia in July to report on the problems of national minorities in Georgia. Their reporting was fruitful, but they most of all enjoyed meeting each other.

April - May 2011

A new video feature by the Caucasus reporting team, Women For Peace, draws attention to womens’ limited involvement in regional peace building processes and points to the important role they can play.

IWPR technician Mirian Koridze editing a video report. (Photo: IWPR)

The IWPR team in the Caucasus is helping journalists and civil society activists to report and campaign more effectively by developing their multimedia reporting skills.

February - March 2011

Taskforce disscussion on legal issues surrounding IDPs. (Photo: IWPR)

A taskforce campaigning for natural disaster victims, which was set up following an IWPR-hosted gathering on the subject, has been drawing local and international attention to the problems faced by so-called eco-migrants.

IDP's compact settlement Tserovani. (Photo: Giorgi Kupatadze)

IWPR’s Refugees’ News radio programme is to be broadcast by five more radio stations in Georgia, enabling the country’s legions of internally displaced people, IDPs, to communicate their needs and problems to a much wider audience.

December 2010 - January 2011

Leaders of evangelical churches felt that the round table helped them to bring to the fore concerns over intolerance and discrimination. (Photo: IWPR)

Leaders of minority faiths in Armenia have urged IWPR to stage more round tables on the problems they face following a wide-ranging discussion on the subject.

Seminar participants watching footage from natural disaster zones. (Photo: Mirian Koridze/IWPR)

The IWPR Georgia office in December organised a training seminar for regional television journalists on the problems of people displaced or otherwise affected by natural disasters.

October - November 2010

	Georgian activists discuss issuing an appeal to the state minister for reintegration. (Photo: IWPR)</p>

The Georgian authorities have said they will consider an IWPR round table’s critique of new rules aimed at controlling the work of NGOs working in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

	IWPR Armenia event held on 24 November 2010. (Photo: IWPR)</p>

The unprecedented rise in non-combat deaths in the Armenian army was the subject of a round-table discussion on November 24 2010, which generated a flurry of reports in the local media.

August - September 2010

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An IWPR reporting mission took Georgian television journalists to the border with Abkhazia to enable them to gain a more nuanced view of the situation in areas located close to the breakaway republic.

Officials and activists have said that a series of IWPR reports and round tables on the problems associated with mining industry waste pits have improved their understanding of a serious environmental issue.

Jun - July 2010

IWPR organised workshop on Citizen Journalism for Representatives of National Minorities. 23-25 July, 2010. (Photo: IWPR)

A workshop on citizen journalism organised by IWPR’s Armenia branch provided an opportunity for representatives of national minorities to share information about their respective communities with a much wider audience.

April - May 2010


Local media across Georgia republished hundreds of items from a blog launched by IWPR to report on the May 30 local elections in Georgia, which won plaudits for its speedy, comprehensive coverage.

February - March 2010

A field in the village of Jinvali covered with leaking sewage. (Photo: IWPR)

Georgian villagers have thanked IWPR for an investigation that triggered moves to resolve a serious local environmental and health problem. (See: Georgians Kick Up a Stink Over Sewage)

December 2009 - January 2010

Trainer Levan Gogolidze from the Georgian defence ministry gives training on weapon classifications. (Photo: IWPR)

A course to help television crews reduce the dangers of working in a war zone has been widely reported on TV in Georgia and has even been the subject of a documentary.

October - November 2009

IWPR Seminar held in Stepanakert, Nagorny Karabakh. 23-25 Oct 2009. &amp;amp;amp;copy; IWPR (Photo: IWPR)

A group of NGOs are to set up a regional network which will work with officials to address refugee concerns, following a series of IWPR-organised meetings on the problems facing Georgia's refugee population.

September 2009

Journalists at their first meeting with soldiers at Vaziani military base.

A dramatic conflict reporting exercise based on the plot of the American movie Black Hawk Down was run for journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

July - August 2009

Participants meeting refugees. (Photo: IWPR)

IWPR’s Tbilisi office took 64 journalists from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan to see areas damaged by the August 2008 Russia-Georgian war, resulting in more than 80 reports.

Caucasus: March - August 2008

Russian troops in port of Poti. (Photo: IWPR)

IWPR was the only media organisation in Georgia, which did not suspend operations at any time during the war and continued to produce balanced and objective reports for thousands of readers.

House in Gori. (Photo: IWPR)

Readers of a newsblog set up by IWPR to provide balanced coverage of the Georgian war say it played a vital role in countering an information blockade during the fighting.

Region Media Network journalists in Gori refugee camp. (Photo: IWPR)

Once it ended, IWPR journalists strove to document the aftermath of the short yet devastating conflict. They spoke to refugees to gather first-hand accounts of their suffering.

IWPR workshop on conflict reporting held in Tbilisi. (Photo: IWPR)

Before the war broke out, the project had prepared dozens of journalists for covering ethnic conflicts and war-time situations.

Accent radio programme reporter. (Photo: IWPR)

 At the end of August, IWPR considered the problems faced by those refugees who fled the fighting on its radio programme Accent.