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From the Borderland to the Steppes

IWPR Ukraine Conference held in Kiev, October 6-7, 2017.

The Giving Voice, Driving Change - from the Borderland to the Steppes project supports democratisation and governance, human rights and independent media across 10 countries in the Caucasus, Central Asia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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More specifically, the project is delivering three main pillars of work:

  1. CAPACITY. The key focus of the project is strengthening the capacity of local reporters, as well as citizen journalists and civil society groups. This includes training, mentoring, and effective institutional advisory support on management and sustainability for selected local media organisations. 
     
  2. VOICE. The second pillar supports a wide range of multi-format content production in local languages, Russian and English, from diverse voices of independent reporters, as well as citizen journalists, civic activists and bloggers. This includes independent digital, print and broadcast media, social media, regional websites (including CABAR.asia), investigative reporting and documentary production. Themes of focus are democracy and governance, human rights and rule of law, including freedom of the media. A strong emphasis is made on tackling corruption, and amplifying groundbreaking content across the region, including across language barriers.
     
  3. ENGAGEMENT. The third pillar engages civil society, media, public officials and the public directly in the issues raised through the project’s media outputs. This takes the form of public fora and private meetings, social media, outreach and advocacy campaigns, and through IWPR’s own structured networks.

Established in collaboration with and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the project directly supports Norwegian priorities and values, builds on long-standing Norwegian supported programming in the region, and expands on IWPR’s extensive local and regional networks of independent media and civic groups.

From the Borderland to the Steppes project runs from 2017 to 2020.

Group photo of CABAR School trainees. (Photo: CABAR)
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IWPR Ukraine
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Orthodox Church in Bokhtar. (Photo: IWPR Central Asia)
IWPR Central Asia
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Police detain an opposition activist during recent protests in Kazakstan. (Photo: Inga Imanbay)
Andrei Grishin
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Luka Pertaia
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What was behind the demonstrations that led to the brink of “civil war”?
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Sara Khojoyan
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IWPR event held in Bishkek. (Photo: IWPR)
Nargiza Muratalieva
11 May 18
Nepotism and ethnic bias are hampering innovation.
IWPR Central Asia
20 Apr 18
Young women turn to desperate measures to escape domestic abuse.
Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev. (Photo: Press Service of the Uzbek President)
Timur Toktonaliev, Turonbek Kozokov
4 Apr 18
Once-mighty intelligence agency weakened by a serious shake-up.
Svante Cornell, director of the Swedish Institute for Security and Development Policy. (Photo: ISDP)
Timur Toktonaliev
22 Mar 18
Region looks at boosting ties, despite Chinese and Russian attempts at dominance.

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