Initiatives

Our work

Since inception, EED has supported over 600 initiatives aimed at promoting democracy in the EU neighbourhood and beyond. This database provides an insight into the work of EED partners over the years. However, due to the sensitive nature of certain initiatives and personal security risks facing some grantees in the restrictive environments where they operate, not all initiatives are listed in the database.

  • KirkukNow

    Country: Iraq

    Operational since 2011, KirkukNow is the only credible, independent news outlet working in the area at the border between the Kurdish region of Iraq and the southern region. KirkukNow provides fact-based information in Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish, and English and unbiased analysis of the events happening in the disputed areas. Thanks to EED support, KirkukNow is informing and engaging the targeted communities and using media as a tool for achieving social cohesion and to promote peace among the different groups in the region.

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  • 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

    Country: Israel, Palestine

    Operational since 2013, 7amleh -- The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media is the only Palestinian organization dedicated to Palestinian digital rights throughout Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. EED’s support is allowing them to build a monitoring database, accessible to relevant organisations, activists and the media, in order to facilitate advocacy against violations of digital rights. The project is involving 15 human rights organisations and around 100 volunteers, and a digital campaign will be launched to raise awareness of the issue.

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  • Sowt Podcasting

    Country: Jordan

    Sowt (Arabic for ‘Voice’), based in Jordan, is one of the most prominent podcasting platforms that work exclusively in the MENA region and in Arabic. With an experienced team in multimedia journalism, Sowt produces rich and boundary-pushing content that reaches thousands of Arabic speakers across the region. With EED support, Sowt is producing and publishing a new investigative series podcast examining human rights abuses and other crimes in the MENA region.

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  • Press House - Palestine (BAS)

    Country: Palestine

    Since its inception in 2013, Press House has built a reputation as an internationally-respected hub for journalists in Gaza and the West Bank, contributing to political and social dialogue and national unity. With increasing pressure and threats against journalists in Palestine, EED support allows Press House to provide free legal consultations for journalists and to have the capacity to document and monitor violations against media freedom and media professionals.

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  • Al-Marsad - Legal Services for the Syrian community of the Golan Heights

    Country: Israel, Syria

    The Arab Center for Human Rights Al-Marsad is the only human rights organization operating in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. It was founded in 2003 to protect the rights of the population affected by Israeli occupation. For this project, Al-Marsad will be providing legal assistance to this community. Tangibly, this would include pushing back against ID revocation, defending economic rights, protecting property rights, etc.

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  • Democracy Research Institute

    Country: Georgia

    Democracy Research Institute (DRI) is a Georgian policy think tank that aims at the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Thanks to its extensive network of local contacts, DRI monitors the human rights situation in the occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local population. They report their findings and develop policy recommendations for the Georgian government and the international community. EED funding helps the team to sustain their operations during the pandemic.

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  • Gola Association

    Country: Turkey

    Gola Association is a women-led organisation working for over 14 years in the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. The association has an interdisciplinary and holistic approach that includes research, arts and culture, and activism on various issues related to the region. They also work on raising awareness and advocating for urban issues and ecological rights locally. With EED support, Gola is taking a long-desired step of physically being based in the Black Sea region. This will allow them to deepen their work in the local region and create a new space for the local community and civil society.

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  • Civic Initiative in Galychyna

    Country: Ukraine

    Based in Ivano-Frankivsk in Western Ukraine, Civic Initiative in Galychyna aims to raise awareness about environmental protection tools among local communities, especially those that face environmental safety issues, in order to increase civic engagement and transparency. With EED support, they are conducting workshops and campaigns on civic engagement in environmental issues, engaging civic activists, citizens, businesses and local authorities.

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  • Aramram by Greyscale Films

    Country: Jordan

    Aramram is a Jordanian alternative, video-based media outlet, operated by Greyscale Films, that aims to present an independent youth voice and build youth capacity through informative programming. Its content ranges from reinterpreting and instigating debate about history and religion, to reporting on economic, political, and cultural happenings. Its archive consists of over 2500 original online videos of TV broadcast quality. It is considered the first Arabic WebTV in Jordan. Aramram targets young people to not only shape their views, but also to give them a platform to participate in public life.

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  • Cultural Symposium Club

    Country: Palestine

    The Cultural Symposium Club (CSC) is based in Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank. CSC in 2011 created a safe space that allows youth – both men and women, boys and girls – to meet, discuss sensitive topics, hear different speakers, and watch films and discuss them. Thanks to EED funding, the group is renting, renovating and furnishing a space that will host all of its activities and a small café that would eventually be profit-generating and ensure sustainability.

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