In 2019 we began a project which aimed at using creative tools that would make the advocacy campaigns of NGOs and initiative groups in 6 countries in the Black Sea region more efficient. Participants from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, representatives of non-governmental organizations and groups, as well as various professionals from creative industries worked together to improve the organisations’ capacity of using creative tools in their campaigns.

The common background of the six countries participating in the project is given by the public authorities’ measures, which limit the civic space and intimidate civil society and vocal human rights activists. At the same time, the financial difficulties faced by organizations and initiative groups when externalizing creative services that would benefit their advocacy campaigns have led to their common need of improving their creativity within their own teams and with limited resources.

At the end of the project, CeRe: Centre of Resources for Public Participation has gathered in a guidebook the innovative solutions used throughout their campaigns by the organisations within this project, called “Innovative and creative approached in advocacy campaigns”.

Guide (EN version) can be found here

Topics of campaigns within the project

Armenia: Transgender people in Armenia live in a difficult, hostile and dangerous environment

Bulgaria: shrinkage of the civic space due to recent negative trends of populist and anti-human rights movements; Increasing the sensitivity around problems faced by LGBT youth; Supporting the Roma community in Bulgaria and its efforts against forced evacuations

Georgia: Numerous violations of human rights along the borders in conflict zones

Republica of Moldova: Developing civic groups in rural areas; Ending sexual harassment in universities

Romania: creating a new Zonal Urban Plan in Bucharest’s District 2; Come Out – LGBTI issues on the #2019EUElections agenda; Budget transparency for the residents of Săcele.

Ukraine: Increasing the public interest for elections and adopting a new Electoral Code; Involving citizens in a park’s restoration and protection

The project Innovative approaches in advocacy campaigns ”– “Abordări inovative în campaniile de advocacy” spanned 14 months and was funded by Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of German Marshal Fund.