A new project ‘STRIVE for a better future: communities and civil society resilience in Armenia’ has launched.
On April 26 the project launch event took place in Yerevan with participation of the EU Delegation, embassies, ministries, international organizations, civil society, and partner organizations.
H. E. Ms. Andrea Wiktorin, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, welcomed participants to the launch event with an opening speech. Following the presentation about the project and its implementing organizations, attendees discussed the general needs and gaps of Armenian CSOs while emphasizing the importance of the collaboration among the organizations working in this sector.
The first competitive sub-grant of the project, an emergency fund for quick-impact community response projects led by CSOs, was announced during the event.
The STRIVE project aims to improve the resilience, sustainability, accountability, and capacity for innovation of Armenian civil society organisations (CSOs). It will engage CSOs across the country in activities to develop their capacities, improve mechanisms to engage citizens and promote volunteerism, and develop and expand partnership networks.
A fund of competitive sub-grants totaling over 700 000 EUR will be directed to over 100 different initiatives proposed by CSOs and non-formal groups targeting CSO sustainability and innovation, community needs, media literacy, and volunteerism.
STRIVE is co-funded by the European Union and implemented by NEF Belgium in partnership with ‘’Agate’’ Rights Defense Center for Women with Disabilities NGO, ‘’Blejan’’ Ecological, Social, Business Support NGO, Women’s Development ‘’Resource Center’’ Foundation, ‘’Youth Cooperation Center of Dilijan’’ NGO.
The total project budget is 2 312 000 EUR, including a 2 million EUR contribution from the EU, and it will be implemented in all regions of Armenia and in Yerevan.
"Youth Cooperation Center of Dilijan" NGO was founded in September 2008 in Dilijan. The mission of the organization is to contribute to the development of the community by developing the capacity of young women and men and providing employment.