Rethinking Neighbourhood in the South Caucasus Region: CCP Networking Forum in Georgia
From 3-5 November 2017, ifa’s CrossCulture Programme (CCP) together with Iris Group organised a forum on the questions of of neighbourhood and cooperation within the South Caucasus region.
18 participants, including former CCP scholarship holders as well as other representatives of civil society organisations from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, attended the forum in Tbilisi. They gathered around in order to exchange best practices and experiences on how to positively impact neighbourhood relations on different levels – including social problems, human rights principles, peace building aspects or consequences for urban planning or interstate relations.
In open-space sessions, the participants had the opportunity to network with each other and to think about joint initiatives. Thus, the attendees did not only intend to find a common ground in order to respond to diverse dynamics of neighbourhoods, but also to enhance cross-border collaboration.
Field visits to ImpactHub Tbilisi and Davtyan’s Puppet Theatre, as well as a city tour through one of Tbilisi’s diverse neighbourhoods, helped to get a different insight into the issues tackled within the forum. Furthermore, the visits contributed to the joint productive interaction of the participants.
"Throughout the conversations I found out that some of my Armenian and Azerbaijani colleagues and I have the same interests regarding developing peace education at the educational institutions. Along with similarities, the forum also showed the diversity of our approaches that makes our region most attractive."
Ketevani Murusidze (Generations for Peace, Georgien)
"Tbilisi forum was a central event for regional civil society active players. Now, as all participants and organizers who work in the context of peace-building, European integration and democratization have met, I am sure that it will be possible to conduct joint projects with regional and international partners."
Harutyun Voskanyan (Civil Consciousness NGO, Armenia)