HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Integration» in the South Caucasus
In the South Caucasus HEKS/EPER is active in Georgia and Armenia. It strives 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-credit and markets. Besides, 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 members with unbiased information about politics, society and the ongoing conflicts in the South Caucasus.
Thanks to HEKS/EPER support provided in South Caucasus, 53 per cent of the 5000 fruit and milk producers were able to increase their yields. About 66 per cent were even able to increase their incomes, in part by securing better market prices. A total of 700 young people participated in peace workshops.
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.