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Christian Bobst
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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.

HEKS/EPER in the South Caucasus

Facts

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.