16 new projects will be launched in mid-April with EWMI ACCESS support. The majority of these were selected through open grants competitions such as COG and PPAG, while others are renewed successful projects carried out by EWMI ACCESS grantees.
5 new projects aim at building resilience in Georgian society against anti-western disinformation and Russian propaganda. These are:
1. Internet Monitoring for Democratic Civil Action (IMDCA) - detecting anti-western pages and engaging Facebook users to detect and identify fake accounts (bots, trolls) and misinformation platforms through page ‘Vin Vin Aris’ (Who is who?).
2. International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) - uncovering and reporting disinformation campaigns on Facebook during the 2020 parliamentary elections, as well as informing civil society and communicating with Facebook staff to safeguard elections from outside meddling.
3. On.ge in partnership with Atlantic Council Digital Forensics Research Lab (DFRLab) - producing investigative research into Russian disinformation campaigns targeting the public or policymakers ahead or during the 2020 Parliamentary elections.
4. UN Association of Georgia (UNAG) - encouraging democratic political participation and Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations through producing unifying narratives drawing on the heritage of Georgia’s first Democratic Republic.
5. Strategic Communications Center Georgia - countering anti-western disinformation through Infoarmy.ge FB platform through citizen engagement in detecting and countering disinformation in social media.
11 projects aim to increase civic activism and engagement in Georgian regions. These are:
1. Gavigudet - addressing air pollution in Rustavi through advocacy campaigns, citizen awareness and mobilization.
2. Human rights and Social Justice Research Center - addressing water and air pollution as well as recurring flooding in Poti through civic engagement and advocacy.
3. Special Conservation Center Nacres - promoting volunteerism and civic engagement in Borjomi through strengthening volunteer firefighter groups and raising awareness on fire prevention and safety.
4. New Thinking Institute - empowering rural Azeri women in Marneuli municipality through setting up a “mother’s school” and offering informal education opportunities.
5. Orbeliani Georgia – developing a sustainable funding mechanism for community-driven projects by using and promoting a crowdfunding platform.
6. Platform ‘Salam’ - empowering youth leaders from Azeri communities in Georgia via development of their skills in advocacy, public speaking and debates.
7. Tbilisi Pride - empowering families of LGBTQI persons as well as protecting their rights.
8. Club of Winner Women - supporting breast cancer patients and survivors in regions of Georgia; raising public awareness about the importance of breast and cervical cancer screening.
9. Civic Initiative ‘Knowledge Cafè’ - mobilizing resources to build and set up an independent civic space (i.e. community foundation building) in Tsnori through citizen engagement, outreach and crowdfunding campaigns.
10. Center for Civic Activities - representing and protecting rights and interests of people from high-mountainous regions of Kakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Racha-Lechkhumi, Lower and Upper Svaneti.
11. Women of Georgia – supporting popular FB page “Women of Georgia” to raise awareness on gender inequalities in Georgia, sharing experiences of women from various backgrounds to exemplify gender berries that women face all across the country.