EU supports professionalisation of social workers in Eastern Partner countries

EU supports professionalisation of social workers in Eastern Partner countries

EU supports professionalisation of social workers in Eastern Partner countries

The FINANCIAL -- A recent regional conference in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi looked at how social workers can effectively support vulnerable groups in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova.

The event, which concluded on 28 March, marked the closing of the EU-funded project “Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change”, which was implemented in the four countries.

Thanks to the project, social workers' associations improved their capacities to strengthen their 10,500 members and 160 local organisations. Besides discussing current questions of social reforms and the professionalisation of social work in the region, the conference served as a platform to present the main results and achievements of the regional project, according to the EU Neighbours portal.

15 small grants were awarded to 24 local civil society organisations (CSOs) in Armenia, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, with a total grant sum of €540,000 and an average grant amount of €36,000. The small grants covered eight regions of Georgia, five regions of Armenia and nine regions of Moldova.

The small grants programme reached approximately 3,500 direct beneficiaries and stakeholders, including social workers, representatives of CSOs, authorities and media. More information about the results of the project can be found here.

The EU-supported “Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change” project was implemented between 2015 and 2018 in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, with a total budget of €1,079,413. The main aim of the project has been to contribute to the social well-being of vulnerable groups, to greater social justice and social change by developing and strengthening the concept of and access to social work in the four project countries.