TogetheR Unite efforts for regional StabiliTy (TRUST)

The project aims to promote a culture of peace in the Ferghana Valley and foster cooperation and partnership between regions and organizations.

The project receives financing from the European Union and co-financing from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Project Details

  • Project Budget: €925,551.00
  • Duration: 24 months, February 01, 2024 – January 31, 2026
  • Lead Applicant: Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (DVV International)
  • Co-Applicants: NGO Center for Social and Legal Support of Women and Children "Mekhrjon", Uzbekistan; Public Association "Youth of Osh", Kyrgyzstan; Public Organization "Saodat", Tajikistan.

Target Area: Fergana Valley (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan)

Project Objectives:

  1. Enhance sustainable peace in border areas of Fergana Valley through promoting a peace culture.
  2. Enhance operational and institutional capacity of civil society actors for effective conflict and violence prevention.
  3. Empower border communities for peaceful coexistence and cross-border confidence building.
  4. Strengthen resilience to violent and radical rhetoric through awareness and public outreach.

Target Groups:

  • Direct: Civil Society Actors, influencers, opinion makers, youth, and adults.
  • Indirect: Participants in project events.

Project Activities:

Component 1: Capacity Building

This component focuses on enhancing the capabilities of local stakeholders. Workshops will be conducted to train project staff, ensuring they possess the necessary skills for effective project management. Local advisory groups will be established to ensure community involvement and support. Additionally, workshops will be organized to improve neighborly relations and foster communication among border communities. Local organizations will be selected to receive grants and provided with capacity building support to strengthen their ability to address conflict effectively. Comprehensive assessments will also be conducted to identify the root causes of conflict and guide intervention strategies.

Component 2: Community-led Projects.

This component aims to empower communities to take the lead in promoting peace and cooperation. Assistance will be provided to help communities develop their own initiatives tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. Workshops will be held to refine project proposals and ensure they are well-designed and impactful. Ongoing support will be offered to communities throughout the implementation of their projects, helping to ensure their success and sustainability.

Component 3: Peaceful Dialogue

Promoting peaceful dialogue and understanding across borders is the focus of this component. Activities will include facilitating exchanges of best practices and networking opportunities among stakeholders from different border communities. Contests will be organized to encourage creative expressions of peace and diversity, with the works of participants published to amplify their impact. Mobile exhibitions will showcase the outcomes of these initiatives, engaging participants and raising awareness of the importance of peacebuilding efforts. Finally, a regional forum will provide a platform for presenting project results, sharing experiences, and planning for the long-term sustainability of peacebuilding efforts in the region.

Expected Outputs:

  1. Enhanced Knowledge and Skills: Co-applicants will demonstrate increased proficiency in managing large-scale cross-border projects, facilitating effective conflict resolution, and promoting peacebuilding initiatives.

  2. Active Participation of Local Advisory Groups: Local advisory groups will actively engage in project activities, demonstrating a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. Their feedback and advice will contribute significantly to the project's success.

  3. Strengthened Capacities of Selected CSOs and IIGs: Eighteen selected civil society organizations (CSOs) and Interest Initiative Groups (IIGs) will exhibit enhanced skills and knowledge in project cycle management, conflict analysis, and peacebuilding techniques. They will be equipped to address local conflicts and contribute to the promotion of sustainable peace in their communities.

  4. Identification of Conflict Drivers: Through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Risk Assessment (RA), the project will reveal the underlying reasons and nature of cross-border conflict and violence. Priority actions for prevention will be identified and ranked, providing a roadmap for targeted intervention strategies.

  5. Development of Community-led Projects: Nine CSOs and nine IIGs will elaborate drafts of community-led cross-border projects and initiatives. These projects will address specific needs within the target communities and contribute to building trust and cooperation across borders.

  6. Enhanced Implementation Capacities: CSOs and IIGs will demonstrate improved capacities in implementing conflict and violence prevention projects, including cross-border measures. They will establish local and cross-border cooperation networks, ensuring the sustainability of project outcomes beyond the project duration.

  7. Promotion of Peaceful Coexistence: Residents of border communities will challenge stereotypes and prejudices through active participation in project activities. They will embrace a culture of communication, fostering peaceful coexistence, respecting diversity, and upholding tolerance within their communities.

  8. Presentation and Evaluation of Initiatives: CSOs and IIGs will present their implemented initiatives and receive evaluation and feedback from peers and experts. This process will facilitate learning and continuous improvement, contributing to the sustainability of peacebuilding efforts in the region.

  9. Broadened Engagement in Conflict Prevention: The spectrum of actors engaged in developing products and materials on conflict and violence prevention will expand, including CSOs, youth, and local journalists. This broadened engagement will foster a comprehensive approach to addressing the root causes of conflict.

  10. Recognition of Threats to Peace: Participants of mobile exhibitions will be introduced to collections of products and works showcasing the project's outcomes. Through exchange and discussion, they will recognize the gravity of the threat of conflicts and violence in their countries and the region, reaffirming their commitment to peacebuilding efforts.

  11. Presentation of Project Results: The project closing regional forum will serve as a platform for presenting project results, exchanging experiences, and drafting plans for ensuring the sustainability of project outputs. This will foster ongoing dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders, laying the groundwork for continued peacebuilding efforts in the Fergana Valley.


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