EU has gradually become proactive actor in democracy promotion in the Eastern neighborhood, while several external events (Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, Rose revolution in Georgia) played a role in this transformation.
In the lecture we discuss this EU “external democracy-promotion” via various funding programs (EU Neighborhood policy instrument, others), creation of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum ; but also related problems such as possible loss of independence of NGOs as their priorities become externally driven.
I will also bring some practical examples of my own experience, working with development cooperation projects with NGOs in EaP Countries.
Margit Säre is a short term Cross-Border Research fellow, investigating transboundary civic environmentalism in the Salish Sea -Cascadia border region. For last fifteen years she has been involved in Estonian environmental NGO and working with transboundary water management, cross border environmental networks etc. in Estonian-Russian border area as well in various Eastern European countries.