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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.

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Previously-banned websites are unblocked, but experts still urge caution.
Azerbaijani journalist and IWPR contributor Afgan Mukhtarli was kidnapped in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi on May 29, 2017.
Giorgi Gogia
5 Jun 19
Azerbaijan and Georgia need to answer urgent questions about reporter’s kidnapping and imprisonment.
Family Purity Day marchers on Rustaveli Avenue holding up a banner proclaiming "Happy Family Purity Day!" (Photo: Tako Svanidze)
Tako Svanidze
4 Jun 19
Five-day event set to go ahead despite security fears.
A session of the High Council of Justice. (Photo: Rusudan Machaidze)
Rusudan Machaidze
3 Jun 19
Questions remain over new legislation on how the country’s most senior judges will be selected.
A view of the area for the UEFA Europa League Final 2019 fan festival, Baku. (Photo: Thomas Eisenhuth/Getty Images)
Arzu Geybulla
26 May 19
The costs of Azerbaijan putting its name on the map are high, but the benefits are not clear.
Prison № 3/2 in Vakhdat city of Tajikistan. (Photo: RFE/RL's Tajik service)
IWPR Central Asia
23 May 19
Questions asked over second outbreak of serious violence in six months.
IWPR’s second School of Analytics event held in Almaty, 15-21 April 2019. (Photo: IWPR/CABAR)
IWPR
3 May 19
Next exercise in regional cooperation rolled out in Almaty training.
Mihail Sirkeli, editor in chief of online publication Nokta, based in Gagauzia, Moldova. (Photo courtesy of Mihail Sirkeli)
Mihail Sircheli
25 Apr 19
Better representation could have far-reaching effects for the whole country.
A child is vaccinated for measles. The virus can lead to numerous serious complications. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Nino Topuridze
24 Apr 19
Measles outbreak may be linked to wider disinformation campaign.
IWPR Ukraine project manager Katya Laba. (Photo: IWPR)
IWPR
18 Apr 19
Public anger over corruption and a wave of populism may herald big political changes.

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