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Increasing the capacities of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) to better respond to citizens’ needs is a critical question in Armenia. The BRIDGE for CSOs project is designed to address this gap by linking Armenian CSOs with Diaspora expertise. BRIDGE stands for Bringing Real Impact with Diaspora and Global Engagement. The project is funded by European Union and implemented by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) in collaboration with the Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF). A unique characteristic of this three-year programme is strengthening the non-profit sector by using Diaspora talent and expertise.
Actions in Brief: The project offers thematic trainings, pro bono Diaspora expertise, CSO management university Certificate, grants to improve financial sustainability of CSOs, Good Will Ambassadors to increase awareness about work of CSOs, a skill share platform to connect CSOs with Diaspora. 80 CSOs and 200 professionals working for those organizations will benefit through the project. The project is designed to have a positive impact on 16,000 Armenians, to engage up to 400 Diaspora individuals, provide grant funding (at least 1 million Euro) to small CSOs to start or expand social enterprises and improve their operational and service delivery capacity.
The project will also include a number of trainings and capacity-building events for CSOs andCS staff such as (1) Thematic trainings for Armenian CSOs, (2) Pro bono Diaspora experts, (3) CSO Management University Certificate Program, (4) Service capacity building grants, Social enterprise development grants, (5) Good will ambassadors for CSOs, (6) Skill share platform for Diaspora engagement
Duration: 15/12/2016 – 15/10/2019 (34 months)
Total project budget: EUR 2,255,285.69
EU contribution: EUR 2,000,000.00
Location: Yerevan and all regions of Armenia
Implementing Partner: Eurasia Partnership Foundation