Initiatives

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Since inception, EED has supported over 600 initiatives aimed at promoting democracy in the EU neighbourhood and beyond. This database provides an insight into the work of EED partners over the years. However, due to the sensitive nature of certain initiatives and personal security risks facing some grantees in the restrictive environments where they operate, not all initiatives are listed in the database.

  • Aras Publishing House

    Country: Turkey

    With a 25-year history, Aras is the world’s only bilingual Armenian-Turkish publishing house. Its main objective is introducing Armenian literature, history and culture to a Turkish audience, in order to promote peaceful dialogue between Armenians, Turks, Kurds and other groups. With EED funding, they launched Hippo, a series of children's books in both Armenian and Turkish editions to provide children of both communities with a common literary experience.

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  • Malumatfurus

    Country: Turkey

    Malumatfuruş, one of the few independent fact-checking initiatives in Turkey, aims to promote critical thinking in Turkish society on misinformation and fake news by fact-checking articles published on printed and online media. EED support is allowing Malumatfurus to increase its fact-checking capacities by hiring a team of contributors, and to produce more content for the website and social media.

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  • Izlemedeyiz Dernegi (On Watch Association)

    Country: Turkey

    On Watch Association have gained significant reach on social media channels for their political fact-checking work, with hundreds of thousands of followers. In a country where mainstream media is de facto monopolised by the government, and where public debate is infested by conspiracy theories, On Watch is verifying politicians’ statements and acts as a bipartisan watchdog over politicians and institutions. EED support covers operational costs such as staff salaries and technical expenses, allowing them to maintain their independence and to keep producing high-quality work.

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  • Center for Spatial Justice (Mekanda Adalet Derneği - MAD)

    Country: Turkey

    The Center for Spatial Justice is a Turkish NGO which has established itself as an open hub for all environmental and urban justice activists. They organise meetings, workshops and movie screenings with activists, researchers and journalists to raise awareness on urban and environmental issues. They are using their grassroot experience to influence policy-making and have been invited by different municipalities to collaborate and to present their reports on urban transformation. EED support is allowing them to conduct their activities and to strengthen their institutional capacity.

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  • SPoD (Sosyal Politika Cinsiyet Kimliği ve Cinsel Yönelim Çalışmaları Derneği)

    Country: Turkey

    SPoD is one of the main LGBT+ organisations in Turkey, a country where events like the Pride and the Women’s March continue to be banned by the governors and participants and activists are arrested. EED’s grant is allowing them to improve their internal management and to cover ongoing expenses, and to provide training to their staff in communications, crisis and conflict management and digital tools. This institutional development will help them to better meet the needs of the local LGBT+ community.

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  • Civic Space Studies Association

    Country: Turkey

    In Turkey, universities have become a central ideological battleground and a target of government oppression, affecting academics as well as students. The Civic Space Studies (CSS) has been established as an association aimed at supporting the expansion of civic space, monitoring and countering the crackdown on civic activism by the government. With EED’s support, the association’s objective is to bring the issue of persecution of student activists and young rights advocates to the fore and provide much needed support to campus activism.

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  • Karşı Sanat Culture Institute

    Country: Turkey

    This unique cultural initiative functions as ‘hub’ for artists, academics, students and civil society members to come together and engage in critical discussions on political and social issues in Turkey. The aim is to help young intellectuals and artists to gain experience in collective production processes and become active and socially engaged citizens.

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  • Accessible Film Festival

    Country: Turkey

    With EED’s support, the Puruli Culture and Art Association will organise the 7th annual Accessible Film Festival in Turkey. People living in Istanbul, Eskisehir and Ankara who have a visual, hearing or orthopaedic impairment will be offered enhanced access to film screenings so they are able to engage meaningfully in cultural experiences. The films are screened in accessible venues with audio description, sign language translation, detailed subtitling, autism friendly screenings etc. Ultimately, the festival’s film library and accessibility methods will be made available for other institutions to arrange screenings in various cities in Turkey.

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  • This is not Me

    Country: Turkey

    With EED’s support, journalists Jeyan kader Gulsen and Zekiye Bacak Bakirhan, two dismissed female journalists, will establish their own documentary film production company focused on human rights issues. Their upcoming project is a documentary depicting the struggles of gay men in Turkey by telling the story of three ordinary Turkish men from conservative backgrounds who have been forced to hide their sexuality. Through their intimate portrayal of these stories, the filmmakers aim to counter rampant homophobia in Turkey by opening up a space for discussion on homophobia and fostering reflection and change in attitudes toward LGBT rights.

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  • Altyazi

    Country: Turkey

    Launched in 2001, Turkish film magazine Altyazi has become a platform for independent film professionals to safeguard freedom of expression and develop strategies to fight against overt and tacit forms of censorship. With EED support, they are producing specialised content to highlight issues hindering a free film culture and holding documentary screenings followed by discussions with various stakeholders.

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