Project report: Gender Equality: the key to empowering women and eradicating poverty

Grantee: International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), Armenia Project: project on gender equality as a key to the role of women and poverty reduction, focusing on family entrepreneurship in a single village, and to create a community-based NGO.  Our programme this year was carried out in exceptional conditions, both because of the coronavirus epidemic and the war in Nagorno …

Project report: a safe community for the women of Soghd region

Grant recipient: NGO “Sarchashma”, Tajikistan Project: Training Women’s Councils in southern jamoats, and raising awareness, working with men and boys as well as women and girls  We want to see women and the whole community learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones from violence, to be the guardians of a safe society in matters of gender equality, to show …

Small Grants Scheme 2021: Preliminary Results

The BEARR Trust’s 2021 Small Grants Scheme sought applications from across the region for projects to “reduce the social isolation of people living with disadvantage”. We did not specify the beneficiaries: instead, applicants were asked to describe the problems faced by the people they wished to help. Previous BEARR grantees were also invited to apply for some additional funding to …

Project report: women’s entrepreneurship

Promising potential for economic development Grantee: “Nurjolber”, KyrgyzstanProject: to raise awareness of domestic violence in Naryn province through support for entrepreneurship and small business development Global trends are showing a steady growth in women’s entrepreneurship. Despite having played a major role in creating jobs and improving social wellbeing, its development still faces great challenges in …

Project report: women for good governance

Grantee: NGO Center, Armenia Project: To promote gender-balanced, needs-responsive local government in targeted communities by establishing a participatory model.  The programme “Women for good governance”, supported by the BEARR Trust Small Grants Scheme, was implemented by the NGO Center in Armenia. The programme was launched in May 2020. It aimed to promote gender-balanced and needs-based local self-government in target communities through the development of a community-based participatory model.  It …

Project Report: Empowering women in rural Georgia

Grantee: Partnership for Education and Communication, Georgia Project: Strengthening the position of rural women through public and economic participation Despite positive legislative and policy frameworks concerning gender equality in Georgia, women still face significant challenges in terms of participation in local decision-making processes, especially those women living in rural areas. Partnership for Education and Communication (PEC) has responded this challenge in several ways, by providing training, networking, and mentoring opportunities to the most marginalised and under-served women in rural communities.  The project, supported by the BEARR TRUST, aimed to support rural women’s public participation and economic empowerment using the innovative …

The BEARR Trust: Small Grants Scheme 2021

Projects to reduce the social isolation of people living with disadvantage  People who live with disadvantages often face the additional difficulty of social isolation, and this problem has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the BEARR Trust invites applications for projects that propose ways of reducing social isolation.  The deadline for applications is midnight on 15th February (i.e. 23:59 GMT, 15 …

Visiting two recipients of BEARR Small Grants in Armenia

Sophie Vandyck, BEARR Information Officer In August 2019 I had the privilege of visiting and evaluating two organisations working to make a difference to vulnerable groups in the Kotayk and Yerevan regions of Armenia; the ISHR and Improve Our Village.  The International Society for Human Rights, Armenia, is connected with ISHR organisations in other countries, …

Small Grants Scheme 2020 – Situation report

The 2020 Small Grants Scheme was open to civil society organisations (CSOs) including non-government organisations (NGOs), voluntary associations and other non-profit organisations working in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The deadline for applications was 1 February. Projects must be aimed at strengthening the position of women in rural communities and mustaddress …

Small Grants Scheme 2019 – outcome

The BEARR Small Grants Scheme 2019 invited bids for grants for projects dealing with violence against women and girls. Grants were offered to organisations in any of the countries which BEARR covers:  Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The Trust received a large number of applications for grants …