The NGO Programme for the Baltic Sea region exists since 2006, NGOs are invited every year to apply for funding for international co-operation projects. These projects focus on social services, healthcare, children, young people, education, culture, gender equality, the environment, civil society, democracy or human rights. The aim of the programme is to strengthen the network of NGOs from different countries and the cross-border co-operation within the Baltic Sea region. In 2020 22 projects received a funding 1,3 million EUR in total from this programme.
The first Latvian project is called "Empowering youth and teacher networks of the Eco-Schools programme for a sustainable Baltic Sea region", it promotes the exchange of experiences and cooperation among NGOs from the Baltic Sea region that work with education in relation to sustainable development. Another project is "Strengthening the NGO network - a tool for social security", the project aims to deepen the understanding of the role of civil society and strengthen the NGO network of the Baltic Sea region to contribute to the social and health sectors promotion of social security. The third project "Open data for civic participation" project will ensure the exchange of experience between different NGOs and the fourth "A Media Literacy Campaign in the Baltics and Belarus" will work on Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian and Belarusian version of a Swedish exhibition called "The Travelling Democracy Lab / Facts vs. Fakes" which travels to schools and other educational institutions.
All four projects aim to strengthen the social security by reinforcing the social rights, expand the usage of open data from NGOs to make civic activism more informed and effective, enlighten the youth about democracy and empowering the youth by exploring environmental topics.
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