Project promoter: M. Ciuzelis Charity Foundation

Summary:

The project aims to mitigate the negative social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on society by providing on the free Silver Line 8 800 800 20 the emotional support and accurate, prompt and reliable information on pandemic issues (including physical assistance at home), with clear instructions on how to deal with a crisis, emotional support and comfort in the event of a crisis, organizing telephone befriending services with volunteers to maintain social relationships.

The project target group: people over the age of 60, especially those lonely and living alone, who face difficulties in exercising their rights and basic needs in the face of the crisis. Being the most vulnerable group to coronavirus, older people do experience higher levels of social exclusion during the quarantine due to the strict prevention measures as well as the information exclusion due to the transition of communication to the digital space. Increased anxiety and panic over COVID-19, pose at a greater risk the psychological health of older population. “Sidabrinė Linija” a Coronavirus hotline helped to mitigate the effects of the crisis on the target group and the society at large.

Project implementation period: 28/04/2020 - 28/06/2020

Project promoter: Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights

Project partner: Lithuanian Anti-Poverty Network

Summary:

The project encouraged Lithuanian society to support actively the efforts of non-governmental organizations and researchers by persuading decision-makers to take into account the needs of the most vulnerable groups in society while combating the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. Using social media and online media the project's information and advocacy campaign attracted 1900 active citizens' votes in support of proposals to the government to ensure adequate incomes, affordable social services and adequate protection of human rights in the crisis response. The advocacy and communication activities carried out during the project mobilized a critical mass of active citizens and media attention and, thus, will have a lasting impact on the development of the state, while improving the representation of the interests of the most vulnerable groups in society.

Project implementation period: 28/04/2020 - 28/06/2020

Project promoter: Transparency International Lithuanian Chapter

Summary: 

Problem: The Law on Protection of Whistleblowers is already in effect in Lithuania, yet many institutions do not ensure the safety of the internal reporting channels. Only one out of five people are willing to report about corruption. The main reason for not reporting is the fear of retaliation. 

Solution: An advocacy campaign to enhance whistleblowers’ protection, based on the insights from the evaluation of internal reporting channels of 117 public sector institutions conducted in co-operation with the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Results: (1) better TI Lithuania’s advocacy work and monitoring of institutions based on the insights obtained; (2) increased level of transparency, accountability, and good governance of the institutions in question; (3) improved opportunities for more active citizen monitoring of institutions; (4) enhanced co-operation of TI Lithuania with its partners.

9 out of 10 institutions provide the employees with an opportunity to report wrongdoing at work

Project implementation period: 1/5/2020 – 30/11/2020

Project promoter: Lithuanian Junior Doctors‘ Association

Summary:

The second part of the project "At the Front Lines" was implemented during the second quarantine in Lithuania. This part of the project was supported by a large team of physicians who shared the latest information on COVID-19 prevention, spread and the potential consequences to humans' health. The content and aim of the project in the format of videos, articles and photos were shared in the most popular Lithuanian online news platform DELFI.lt. During quarantine, the project contributed to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the society, improving the image and credibility of Lithuanian healthcare providers and the health system as a whole.

Implementation period: 7/11/2020 – 30/1/2020

Project promoter: Siena.lt, investigative journalism center

Project partner: Lithuanian Journalists‘ Union

Summary:

The project implemented several activities, targeted at increasing transparency and defending right to information and free speech in Sirvintos, a Lithuanian region heavily dominated by a narrow group of political power players. The project included three online trainings for local independent journalists and activists. The trainees were presented with tools and techniques of investigative reporting, their professional skills were significantly improved. In the next stage of the project, two investigations were conducted, exposing the most influential politicians of the region: Zivile Pinskuviene, the mayor, and her spouse Jonas Pinskus, elected to the Lithuanian parliament in the Sirvintos constituency. The investigations revealed that some of the mayor’s wealth is of unknown origin, with several indications of money laundering risks, while her spouse has been concealing ties to people affiliated with organized crime, cigarette smuggling and money laundering. The investigations reached at least 60,000 people. The public, both locally in Sirvintos and on the national level, was well informed about the problematics of freedom of speech in Sirvintos, and the transparency of local government was increased, although the politicians themselves assaulted the journalists and called them a “well organized gang” of “criminal journalism”. 

Implementation period: 1/12/2020 – 12/4/2020