HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Integration» in Armenia
The HEKS/EPER Programme in Armenia is part of the South Caucasus Regional Programme. The idea is to foster peaceful coexistence and improve living conditions in rural areas through income-generating activities and by strengthening civil society. To boost their crop yields and incomes, smallholders broaden their knowledge of organic farming and improve their access to infrastructure, micro-credits and markets. And to strengthen social cohesion, HEKS/EPER supports its partner organizations in building a network which, in collaboration with opinion leaders, media and civil society organizations, provides its members with unbiased information about politics, society and the current conflicts in the South Caucasus.
HEKS/EPER support in South Caucasus in 2020 enabled 6650 fruit and milk producers to increase their earnings despite Covid restrictions. Launched in 2020, the Social Innovation Platform reached 1.2 million Facebook users, 80,000 became actively engaged in various projects and, of 183 submissions, five social projects will be funded in 2021.
Discrimination adversely affects not just those directly concerned – it harms the entire society. Social or economic exclusion affects minorities, people with disabilities, the elderly, rural communities, young people and often women as well. Discrimination causes poverty and conflicts. HEKS/EPER helps disadvantaged people claim their right to education, to having their voices heard and to an income. Here HEKS/EPER works not only with minorities but also with the majority population and encourages dialogue between the various stakeholders. Solutions that are supported by all parties make the community stronger.
Eastern Europe Regional Programme
Promoting inclusion for the Roma
Taking a holistic programme approach, HEKS/EPER fosters the social inclusion of the Roma population in Hungary, Kosovo, Romania and Serbia.
Projects in Georgia and Armenia
South Caucasus Regional Programme
HEKS/EPER improves living conditions for rural dwellers in Georgia and Armenia through income-generating activities and civil society empowerment.