Abrec is a group of filmmakers in Sukhum/i who began to capture snapshot impressions of Abkhazia and its people in 2009. These short films are available online and some are published on Go Group’s Eyewitness site.
AYS was registered as a non-governmental organisation in 2009, after the war in August 2008. It is based in the Akhalgori/Leningor district of South Ossetia and runs extracurricular languages and computer classes for local children from Georgian, Ossetian and mixed families.
The school also functions as a community centre for the local population as a whole, hosting cultural and social events, and organising regular excursions to engage with Georgian and Ossetian interlocutors, thus promoting peaceful multi-ethnic co-habitation and co-operation across the Georgian–South Ossetian conflict divide.
The independent film production studio Asarkya (which translates as ‘Mirror’ or ‘Reflection’), based in Sukhum/i, was established in 2009 and produces short documentaries and features about aspects of life in Abkhazia, including multiculturalism, civil society and culture.
It also co-operates with correspondents in other parts of Abkhazia, including Gal/i, to build a broader network of amateur filmmakers who cover issues of their choice.
AZhA has worked to increase women’s involvement in Abkhazia’s social and political life since 1999. Its resource centre in Sukhum/i provides women with reference materials and consultations on themes such as political participation, leadership, small business development, women’s rights and NGO sector support.
AZhA publishes a monthly newsletter People and Times in close collaboration with correspondents in the regions of eastern Abkhazia, including Gal/i.
Based in Zugdidi in western Georgia where many people displaced by the 1992–93 war now live, Atinati runs projects on education, civil society development and support for socially vulnerable groups. Atinati’s regional radio station broadcasts news, documentaries, debates and entertainment programmes to a wide audience. A key partner in our radio diary series, and a member of the Synergy network, Atinati has worked with Conciliation Resources to produce interactive radio programmes that involve exchange across the conflict divide.
Caucasus House is a cultural and educational organisation based in Tbilisi, which aims to build links and promote tolerance and understanding between Georgia’s broad range of national minority communities. It hosts regular debates where young Georgians discuss issues related to conflict transformation and civic participation.
CIPDD is a Tbilisi-based public policy think tank founded in 1992. It advocates for the development of a vibrant and diverse civil society, effective and accountable public institutions based on the rule of law and an integrated political community that respects and preserves ethnic and religious identities in Georgia.
Its main activities include public policy research that forms the basis for debate – professional, political or public – as well as advocacy, lobbying and training.
CHP is one of our longest standing partners in the Caucasus. When it began in 1994 the Centre focused on physical and psychological rehabilitation for war victims. It soon recognised the need to eliminate the root causes of war and prevent renewed violence, and became actively involved in promoting Georgian–Abkhaz dialogue processes. It also focuses on promoting democratic development and political pluralism, and runs civic education training for young people in Abkhazia.
Go Group, established as an NGO in 2009, promotes wider public debate and awareness of social, economic, cultural and conflict issues in the South Caucasus. Its aims include promoting civic journalism, challenging myths and stereotypes, supporting societies affected by violence to engage with peacebuilding and promoting good governance through better access to information. Go Group's Eyewitness Studio project gives a voice to ordinary people in Georgia by training them to make short documentaries on issues of their choice.
Based in Tbilisi, ISNC engages in conflict transformation on Georgia’s conflicts. Through its research into the inter-relationship of nationalism and conflict, the ISNC develops recommendations for government and for discussion within Georgian society.
The ISNC is an independent NGO and long-time partner of Conciliation Resources. It leads and coordinates the Synergy network, and is involved in Georgian–Abkhaz and Georgian–Ossetian civil society dialogue processes, including youth dialogue.
Internews Azerbaijan has developed comparative learning about conflict through the medium of film for many years, partnering with Internews Armenia to make films about Cyprus, Kosovo and other conflicts. As Conciliation Resources' long-term partner in Azerbaijan, Internews Azerbaijan has put key issues into the public domain in different formats, such as a radio series highlighting the problems of displaced people, and the Dialogue Through Film project.
The youth organisation Pirvelebi was established in 2008 in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. Most of its founders are active participants in our Georgian–Abkhaz youth dialogue process.
Pirvelebi runs debates and other outreach activities throughout Georgia to share experiences and perspectives on dialogue processes and conflict transformation with a broad range of active youth, students and young politicians.
This Tbilisi-based journalists’ association, staffed by IDPs, is actively involved in the Synergy network, and coordinates its advocacy working group. Postfactum was a key partner in our South Caucasus Radio Diaries project.
Since October 2010 it has produced a monthly supplement ‘Synergy’ in Rezonansi, a leading national newspaper. This supplement encourages debate and gives advice on issues of concern to displaced people (such as housing, employment and conflict resolution) and brings these issues to the attention of mainstream Georgian audiences.
Since 1997 the Society for Humanitarian Research has promoted human rights issues with a special focus on internal displacement. The SHR is closely linked with displaced communities, providing a wide variety of trainings, legal advice and support for displaced persons. It's also the Azerbaijani national coordinator of the South Caucasus Documentary Film festival Nationality: Human.
Conciliation Resources has supported the SHR to implement an outreach programme of the Dialogue Through Film series across Azerbaijan.
SPC has for many years been a centre for media freedom in the unrecognised republic of Nagorny Karabakh. It published the popular independent newspaper Demo between 2004–08, and now publishes the analytical journal Analyticon in Armenian, Russian and English. A key partner in the Dialogue Through Film project, SPC also implements outreach work across Nagorny Karabakh through film screenings and public debates.
Studio Re is a creative television production studio based in Tbilisi. Since 1992 it has produced TV programmes, documentary films and televised discussions on a wide variety of issues important to Georgian society, many of which challenge audiences to reconsider their views about conflicts in the South Caucasus.
Its work is broadcast in Tbilisi and by Georgian regional television stations and has been screened in Sukhum/i, as well as elsewhere in the South Caucasus, Europe and the US.
SYH is at the forefront of educational development in Abkhazia, offering courses to young people including computer studies, music, drama, languages and journalism. It also provides therapy and counseling services to children affected by war.
Our partnership has focused on region-wide play therapy, youth worker training, multiculturalism and community theatre projects since 2000. Members of the youth association DYUNA, which operates under the umbrella of the Youth House, have been actively involved in our youth dialogue project.
The Synergy network consists of over 15 NGOs based in Kutaisi, Potskho-Eteri, Tbilisi, Tskhaltubo and Zugdidi, and working throughout Georgia. It encourages the participation of internally displaced persons in Georgia’s public and political life and aims to promote the peaceful resolution of conflict.
Activities include providing direct assistance to and capacity building for IDPs, as well as advocacy on IDP issues with local and national government. You can read more about Synergy in this feature about the partnership.
Organisations involved in Synergy:
Association of Women Entrepreneurs (Kutaisi)
IDP Women's Association Consent (Tbilisi)
Ex-combatants Club (Tbilisi)
Face to Face Georgian-Abkhaz Union (Tbilisi)
Association Help Yourself (Tbilisi)
Institute for the Study of Nationalism and Conflict (Tbilisi)
Association of Journalists Postfactum (Tbilisi)
Refugee Women’s Union of Tsqaltubo (Tsqaltubo)
Association Samegrelo-Medea (Zugdidi)
Cultural-Humanitarian Foundation Sukhumi (Kutaisi)
Teachers’ Union Education and Universe (Kutaisi)
Women IDPs for Their Rights (Zugdidi)
Youth Club Our Vision (Kutaisi)
Youth for Civil Interests (Zugdidi)
WWV, part of the Zurab Achba Cultural Charitable Centre, encourages youth activism by giving students, teachers and young professionals the opportunity to debate and act on topical social and political issues.
With our support it runs regular discussion clubs and training in Sukhum/i and in the Gal/i region on issues related to conflict transformation and civic activism. The centre is one of our key partners in coordinating our youth dialogue project and related outreach activities.