From the outset, Germany’s chairmanship of the OSCE, in 2016, promised to be fraught with sizable challenges. One of these challenges came from the recent developments in the South Caucasus, which demonstrated with renewed force that national boundaries in the post-Soviet space, and thus the security situation, are still far from stable.
(ongoing project) The project Stories from the South Caucasus is implemented in cooperation with netgazeti.ge and its main goal is to produce news and articles regarding to the latest developments of the South Caucasus and accordingly, raise awareness and the level of interest of Georgian population on neighboring countries, as well as conflict regions of Georgia.
(closed project) The project CAUCADOC was implemented in cooperation with Czech organization People in Need. It was part of a wider program funded by EC to support documentary filmmaking and running in the whole South Caucasus in 2012-14. HBF SC cooperated with project during 2013 by co-funding part of the festival.
(closed project) The project "Voices of South Caucasus" was implemented in cooperation with Liberali magazine. Articles by journalists from Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia were published in the print and online publication of the magazine.
Media plays an enormous role in conflict transformation process and social media tools have proved to be rather efficient in cases when exchange of information and mutual awareness is extremely limited in societies across conflict lines. New media tools not only serve as fast and least costly means of sharing information but also act as online platforms for dialogue, cooperation and networking between civil societies across conflict divides
On October 10th a group of Georgian and international policy shapers and researchers went to a Field-trip to investigate best practices of regional cooperation between Georgia and Abkhazia. As an impressive example for regional cooperation the group visited the Enguri Dam near the Administrative Border Line.
The South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Europe House Georgia organized the photo exhibition entitled: “Nachklang – Georgia one year after the war” by the photographer Uwe Schober.
The 15th volume of Aspects consists of transcripts of presentations and discussions at the conference "Conflict and Migration: The Georgian-Abkhazian Case in a European Context" held in Istanbul, in June 2008.
(closed project) The HBF is conducting a new series of debates, dealing with the problems of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), due to the conflicts in the 1990s and the August war 2008, more than 247,000 people have fled from their hometowns and are now living in settlements or former sanatoriums and hospitals especially in the border regions to the occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.