Europe/Eurasia

IWPR works across the Western Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia to strengthen local voices of reporters, civil society activists and expert analysts and policy makers. Our focus is on strengthening the nexus among media, civil society and, where possible, officials, to help drive informed change. Efforts focus on human rights reporting, peace building and reconciliation, anti-corruption and transparency, and expert policy research and analysis. IWPR’s enjoys deep networks in these regions, where we have worked since our founding and earliest years.

IWPR discussion on Karabakh, 29 March 2017. © IWPR

Armenia

IWPR improves the capacity of media outlets and independent journalists through training, fellowships and small grants to provide critical, in-depth coverage of a broad range of issues, including governance, human rights, conflicts, women’s rights, etc.

IWPR is strengthening public and expert engagement on key human rights and governance-related issues and supports young and mid-career leaders through targeted regional leadership programmes. 

Years active: 1999-present

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Reporter Eana Korbezashvili on an assignment in May 2015. © IWPR

Azerbaijan

IWPR works in this strategically-placed country to promote freedom of expression through supporting independent journalists and activists.

IWPR works to increase their capacity through online and physical training, and facilitate critical media coverage of key issues by providing an independent platform for reporting.

Years active: 1999-present

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IWPR reporter interviewing a resident of Ledici, a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. © Sanja Vrzic

Bosnia & Herzegovina

IWPR’s longest continuing area of work is about creating a broader understanding of war crime trials taking place at the Hague tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and transitional justice in general.

For over twenty years (1996-2017), we reported from the trials in The Hague and worked in the Balkans, where we have trained hundreds of journalists, editors, broadcasters and producers in objective reporting on human rights, rule of law and transitional justice.

Radio and TV documentaries on issues such as reconciliation and justice reached millions of people in the region. A series of films about individual Bosnians who were able to come to terms with the past were broadcast on state TV and Al Jazeera and sparked an intense debate among audiences, particularly young people.

In 2018, IWPR and its local partners in Bosnia launched a campaign aimed at reducing online hate speech and educating communities on the dangers of such divisive content in public discourse in this deeply divided post-conflict country. The campaign was completed in January 2020.

In recent years, Bosnian capital Sarajevo has served as a training hub for journalists from the countries where freedom of speech is limited. 

Years active: 1996-present

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Croatia

IWPR’s longest continuing area of work is about creating a broader understanding of war crime trials taking place at the Hague tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and transitional justice in general.

For over twenty years (1996-2017), we reported from the trials in The Hague and worked in the Balkans, where we have trained hundreds of journalists, editors, broadcasters and producers in objective reporting on human rights, rule of law and transitional justice.

Radio and TV documentaries on issues such as reconciliation and justice reached millions of people in the region. A series of films about individual Bosnians who were able to come to terms with the past were broadcast on state TV and Al Jazeera and sparked an intense debate among audiences in the whole region, particularly young people.

Years active: 1996-2017

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A three day hackathon organised by IWPR and the Tbilisi Startup Bureau, October 2018. © IWPR

Georgia

With a presence in the country since 1999, IWPR works to increase the capacity of journalists and activists in Georgia, and enhance their participation in decision-making processes.

IWPR offers training and mentorship to journalists and activists in key areas, such as digital media, physical and digital security and leadership. IWPR supports independent media outlets to deliver robust reporting, and attempts to maximise the impact of the reporting through public discussions. We support engagement of women in peacebuilding processes through Women Connecting for Peace platform.

Years active: 1999-present

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School of Analytics session, 2019, Kazakstan. © IWPR/CABAR

Kazakstan

IWPR brings the international expertise and its own experience to provide a timely assessment of the political, social and economic developments in the country.

IWPR organises expert discussions, brings together the policy-makers and analysts for joint search for evidence-based solutions, trains a new generation of experts and influencers, provides timely coverage of the key trends in the biggest country in Central Asia.

Years active: 1999-present

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Kyrgyzstan

Programming ensures coverage of the key political trends, economic challenges and social problems, and invites activists, journalists, human rights defenders, analysts, and experts to seek solutions and offer recommendations.

With timely coverage and advocacy, IWPR aims to secure achieved progress, speed up democratisation and prevent backsliding in human rights protection. With its investigations, IWPR contributes to upholding accountability. IWPR supports new media content production in Kyrgyz language.

Years active: 1999-present

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IWPR organised roundtable discussion on hybrid threats in Moldova and Ukraine held in Chisinau, May 2019. © IWPR

Moldova

IWPR has been active in Moldova since 2018, working to support independent journalists, activists and media outlets through training and funding.

We attempt to facilitate cross-border reporting and flaw of information between Moldova and other countries of Eastern Partnership. In Moldova, IWPR has worked to support civil society organisations working on freedom of expression.

Years active: 2018-present

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IWPR roundtable in Skopje, December 2003. © IWPR

North Macedonia

IWPR’s longest continuing area of work is about creating a broader understanding of war crime trials taking place at the Hague tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and transitional justice in general.

For over twenty years (1996-2017), we reported from the trials in The Hague and worked in the Balkans, where we have trained hundreds of journalists, editors, broadcasters and producers in objective reporting on human rights, rule of law and transitional justice.

Radio and TV documentaries on issues such as reconciliation and justice reached millions of people in the region. A series of films about individual Bosnians who were able to come to terms with the past were broadcast on state TV and Al Jazeera and sparked an intense debate among audiences in the whole region, particularly young people.

Years active: 1996-2017

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Former president of Serbia Slobodan Milosevic appears at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, August 30, 2001 in The Hague, the Netherlands. © Michel Porro/Getty Images

Serbia

IWPR’s longest continuing area of work is about creating a broader understanding of war crime trials taking place at the Hague tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and transitional justice in general.

For over twenty years (1996-2017), we reported from the trials in The Hague and worked in the Balkans, where we have trained hundreds of journalists, editors, broadcasters and producers in objective reporting on human rights, rule of law and transitional justice.

Radio and TV documentaries on issues such as reconciliation and justice reached millions of people in the region. A series of films about individual Bosnians who were able to come to terms with the past were broadcast on state TV and Al Jazeera and sparked an intense debate among audiences in the whole region, particularly young people, including those in Serbia.

Years active: 1996-2017

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TV interview with Tajik ambassador Hadyatullo Azimzoda (L) and a CABAR's Mediaschool trainer, September 2020. © CABAR/IWPR

Tajikistan

IWPR supports free-thinking in the country by allowing the alternative voices to be heard. The program engages decision-makers in an open discussion of the troubling issues and ensures the recommendations are taken into account. IWPR raises the capacity of the analysts and experts to ensure the pluralism of viewpoints. Working with the content creators from the remote areas, IWPR sheds light on the underreported issues.

Turkmenistan

IWPR ensures that the exclusive content about life in one of the most closed-off nations is regularly published. IWPR contributors share unique viewpoints from inside the country on a variety of issues, and the content is published both on IWPR and CABAR websites. Programming seeks to train the local media in new media content production.

IWPR Ukraine conference held in Kyiv, October 6-7, 2017. © IWPR

Ukraine

IWPR and our local partners have been working in Ukraine since 2014, with programming designed to support and develop a strong cadre of independent media voices and to build local civil society capacity to address systemic corruption.

Our initial support in Ukraine responded to the urgent need for more balanced conflict reporting as well as developing journalists' safety and security skills, following the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and subsequent events.

Since 2016, within the Dutch and then Norwegian governments funding, we have expanded our programming to support a range of anti-corruption and civic oversight initiatives tackling transparency and accountability issues and foster CSOs collaboration with media. This included establishing regional CSO/media partnerships and cross-regional coalitions in fourteen Ukrainian regions, providing their joint projects with grants and technical support through training, mentoring and methodology toolkits. We have subsequently awarded almost 500,000 euro in competitive subgrant funding to the regional coalition projects as well as the national partners – over 50 organisations in total. National forums with peer learning and networking opportunities provided wider sectoral support beyond the grantees group.

We were the first to support the launch of the TYSNY Kyiv-based legal centre of Bihus.Info in 2017 and maintained a network of regional lawyers to follow-up findings of the regional accountability clusters. Currently we are providing support to communicating opportunities of ProZorro.Sale, a system for transparent public property management, to the regional activists and journalists.

Thanks to our efforts, the mixture of monitoring and advocacy projects have been able to pilot new accountability initiatives to address systemic problems and achieve successes of local relevance in a wide range of areas including public procurement, health care, education, environmental management, and the improved monitoring of local public spending and assets management. These results come in addition to our continued capacity strengthening of local investigative reporters and activists.

Years active: 2014-present

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Uzbekistan

IWPR program involves work with analytical, journalistic, and new media contributors in Uzbekistan, as well as their capacity building. Conducting research into the developments in the country, IWPR is able to tailor its country approach. IWPR established relations with the university tutors in Uzbekistan, reinforcing the sustainability of the capacity building.

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