Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine
01.07.2020 – 31.12.2022
EU Commission
Target Group
Persons belonging to ‘key populations at risk for public health concerns like HIV, TB and viral hepatitis’ (people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender persons, sex workers and prisoners.)

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.

The project 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. 

Activities of the project

  • 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.

The Advocacy School in form of strategic workshops will enhance the capacity building of the subgrantee CSOs in the scope of the EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme For Eastern Partnership project by developing their advocacy skills and equipping them with tools to apply for subsequent advocacy grants.