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Resilient Civil Society and Media Respond to the Ukraine War

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee joined forces with People in Need (PIN) and Prague Civil Society Centre (PCSC)  to support the resilience of civil society and independent media in the European Union’s Eastern Partnership region with the skills and financial resources to respond to the needs of the war-affected population effectively. This project is made possible by the generous financial contribution from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).

Our Aim

The majority of human rights defenders and their organisations in Ukraine have stayed in the country since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022. Most of them continue their work in at least some capacity, focusing their efforts on providing services to the affected population and on documenting war crimes, but also continuing to monitor attacks against civil society activists. However, since the outbreak of the war, these organisations have been operating in constant crisis mode.

Within the framework of this project, the NHC organizes schemes for financial support to third parties (FSTP) in order to enable civil society organisations working on the protection of human rights, whose existence came under threat as a result of the war, to continue their important work in the new reality. These grants respond to their direct emergency needs and can be used to cover organisational costs as well as the strategy readjustment and current activities, in order to empower these organisations to respond to the evolving needs of those affected by the war in Ukraine.

Milestones in Strengthening CSOs

December 2022: Call for Proposals

May 2023: Call for Local Experts

May 2023: Call for Proposals

Project Implementation

Funder: European Commission

Partners: People in Need and Prague Civil Society Centre

Project period: 24 months, starting in 1 June 2022

Total Amount of FSTP (EUR): 5.900.000