The bilateral cooperation initiatives that have been approved under the Fund for Bilateral Relations are the following:

1. Bilateral initiative promoter: NGO Mental Health Perspectives (Lithuania)

Partner: Drug Free Treatment Unit, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, University Hospital of North Norway (Norway)

Summary:

The aim of this initiative is to develop a partnership between Lithuanian and Norwegian organisations working in the field of human rights and mental health. Lithuanian experts will visit Norway in order to share good practice examples and knowledge about modern human rights-based mental health services. Also a joint project proposal to Active Citizens‘ Fund will potentially be developed.

Implementation period: 21/02-03/03 2020

2. Bilateral initiative promoter: Association “In Corpore” (Lithuania)

Partner: Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival (Norway)

Summary:

This partnership building visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and contentful cooperation between Lithuanian and Norwegian NGOs – Association “In Corpore” and Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival. The results to be achieved:

• Widened cooperation possibilities and higher level of satisfaction with the partnership.

• Shared strategies, plans and ideas which could be applied in representation and empowerment of LGBT+ community individually and in partnership, improved conditions for further cooperation.

• Developed and submitted concept of a project aimed at better representation and empowerment of socially vulnerable groups and involving cooperation of the organisations to ACF.

Implementation period: 27/02-03/03 2020

3. Bilateral initiative promoter: Association “Žemųjų Šančių community” (Lithuania)

Partner: Norwegian Neighbourhood Organisation (Norway)

Bodø Commune

Summary:

Genius loci – local urban planning

Genius Loci is a project that aims to create an urban neighborhood plan for the Šančiai community. The aim of bilateral co-operation visit is to establish partnerships among the Lower Šančiai community in Kaunas and Norwegian organizations in order to get to know their activities and discuss possible co-operation when applying for the Active Citizens' Fund. The community of Lower Šančiai is experiencing aggressive urbanization, resulting in conflicts between the community and the authorities, and threatening to lose cultural heritage and district identity. New solutions are needed to strengthen fundamental democratic values such as solidarity, dignity, equality and social justice. During the meetings, we will seek to identify the values shared by partner organizations, will share good and bad experiences, and find common ground in addressing the challenges of gentrification.

Implementation period: 05/02-05/03 2020

4. Bilateral initiative promoter: Association Lithuanian multiple sclerosis union (Lithuania)

Partner: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Iceland (Iceland)

Summary:

The aim of the bilateral cooperation initiative is to establish and foster partnership between Lithuanian and Icelandic multiple sclerosis organisations. The initiative includes a visit of representatives of Lithuanian multiple sclerosis union to Icelandic counterparts. During the visit, meetings with MS society of Iceland will be held to discuss Lithuanian and Icelandic experiences in social integration of MS patients (who due to the specifics of the disease face higher social exclusion risks than the rest of population). Additionally, opportunities for bilateral cooperation will be discussed to identify possible cooperation directions for the future. The initiative is expected to bring new knowledge and lessons from Icelandic experience, ideas for further cooperation between Lithuanian and Icelandic MS organisations and agreed project concept for enabling MS patients.

Implementation period: 07/02-07/03 2020