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Emergency Support Fund for Key Populations in the EECA region is closing!

Dear colleagues and partners!

After 3 years of fruitful work Emergency Support Fund for Key Populations in the EECA region (ESF) is closing.

Since its start in 2018, ESF has received about 600 applications from 10 countries in EECA: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, of which over 230 were funded. For many organisations this support mechanism helped to overcome funding gaps and ensure continuity in the emergency situations, especially in the countries where space for civil society initiatives continues to shrink due to local legislation changes. In the past year many of the applications received and approved by the Fund committee were closely related to the needs emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.

20 July 2021 was the last day for accepting applications, and we got a record amount of them from different countries of the region.

Our work is finished, but it doesn’t mean that the needs of people are also over. AFEW International with partners will continue working for all people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia who face barriers in access to health, justice, and social participation.

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