EU COVID-19 SOLIDARITY PROGRAMME FOR THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES

Countries: ArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusGeorgiathe Republic of MoldovaUkraine || Duration: 2020-2021 || Donor: European Commission

As part of the EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme for Eastern Partnership, AFEW International, People in Need (PIN) and Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) with the financial support of the European Union joined forces to propose set of interventions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and contribute towards longer term socio-economic resilience of vulnerable groups.

In Eastern Europe, AFEW International is implementing the project activities in the following countries:

ArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusGeorgiathe Republic of MoldovaUkraine.

COVID-19 Solidarity Programme in the Eastern Partnership countries strives for a comprehensive response to emergencies threatening Key Populations as the aftermath of COVID-19. Through small grants to CBOs, working with Key Populations, with activities ranging from advocacy and prevention, to treatment and care in terms of COVID-19 implications, based in countries of the Eastern Partnership countries, AFEW International responds to arising and anticipated post-pandemic challenges. In order to reach the overall goal of the project, AFEW International has supported 9 organizations with small grants in the period of October 2020 – September 2021. The maximum amount per grant is € 5 000.

Which activities were supported?

  • Projects address the immediate COVID-19 related health and socio-economic needs of Key Populations, and enable them to continue supporting their usual constituents.
  • Activities respond to a situation that threatens the health, and/or the physical or juridical safety of one or more people from the above target groups or threatens the financial and/or legal situation of an NGO/CBO.
  • The activity will be used as a tool for local, national and/or international advocacy for preventing similar emergencies occurring in the future.
  • The activities to relieve an emergency will be immediately implemented and will last no longer than 12 months.

Now, in 2021, more than a year after the start of the pandemic, the world is enduring a challenging spring. COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths are rising in many countries as the continent grapples with a more infectious variant, a shortage of vaccines and public weariness and lockdowns. The latest pandemic surge triggered by the spread of various variants of the virus is often called a “third wave”. COVID-19 is still a moving target: it’s a new virus, much is still unknown about its epidemiology, spread, and risk factors.

It is necessary to support local CBOs adapting to the COVID work environment to both respond to the COVID-related socio-economic needs and continue their regular support to the Key Populations.

AFEW International seeks to provide small grants to CBOs working with Key Populations on immediate material needs arising from COVID-19 related measures, such as PPE and IT/communication equipment, including:

  • Purchase of equipment for meetings and office rooms to facilitate distance/remote work;
  • Purchase of IT equipment to be able to facilitate communication with the clients;
  • Purchase of COVID-19 personal protection materials (masks, gloves, sanitizers, soap) for organizational and clients use;
  • Purchase of other sanitary equipment and materials for use in the office and/or when meeting clients on outcalls.

The maximum amount per grant is € 3.500. The activities to relieve an emergency will be immediately implemented and will last no longer than 6 months.

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