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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.

Pro-Russian activists watch a Russian news report about activities in Lugansk. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Liliya Topuzova
10 Sep 19
New broadcaster will aim to combat propaganda while winning hearts and minds.
A young mother holds her child in Tbilisi. (Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
Nino Topuridze
6 Sep 19
Sociologists and mothers believe that the time has come to break their silence over debilitiating condition.
June 2018, Chisinau, Moldova, demonstrators protest the unfair annulment of the results of the mayoral elections in front of the Supreme Court of Justice. (Photo: IWPR Moldova)
Mariana Rata
28 Aug 19
Coalition government struggles to prove it is depoliticising appointments.
Nikoloz Datunashvili spends hours every day walking to collect water. (Photo: IWPR)
Tako Svanidze
20 Aug 19
Despite millions spent by the state and international donors, there is still poor access to proper sanitation.
Former US diplomat Matthew Bryza. (Photo: Alex Wong/GettyImages)
Vazha Tavberidze
20 Aug 19
Infrastructure project will have enormous political, economic and security impact.
Women walk through Azerbaijan's capital Baku. (Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)
Arzu Geybulla
16 Aug 19
Female reporters routinely intimidated by blackmail, sexual assault and harassment.
Animal identification carried out by the National Food Agency. (Photo: Zviad Asanishvili)
Nino Topuridze
14 Aug 19
Regulation remains a challenge in a country of small producers.
May 30, 2019, Chisinau, Moldova: Beka Bajelidze, IWPR Caucasus and Moldova Programme Director and Victoria Bucataru, Executive Director of Foreign Policy Association (APE) opening high profile discussion in Chisinau on hybrid threats in Moldova and Ukraine. (Photo: IWPR)
IWPR
12 Aug 19
Experts identify key areas of vulnerability, including Russian disinformation.
IWPR Central Asia
12 Aug 19
Although official figures show that the private sector is thriving, business owners tell a different story.
(Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
IWPR Central Asia
12 Aug 19
Activists say that public awareness of humane treatment is growing.

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