Project Promoter: Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights

Partner: Lithuanian Anti-Poverty Network

Summary: 

The project aims to encourage 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 will seek to attract at least 20,000 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. In the case of successful implementation, the advocacy and communication activities carried out during the project will mobilize a critical mass of active citizens 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.

Implementation period: 20/04/2020–20/06/2020

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 public and private sector institutions conducted in co-operation with the Prosecutor General’s Office; inform advocacy work on the issue in the Parliament and the Government. 

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

Implementation period: April – September 2020

Ad-hoc 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 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 comfort in the event of a crisis, organizing telephone befriending services with volunteers to maintain social relationships on the free Silver Line.

The project target group are 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 information exclusion as the communication transitioned to the digital space. Amid increased anxiety and panic over COVID-19, older people’s calls overwhelm the hotlines and emergency services, thus increasing a risk to public health. “Sidabrinė Linija” a Coronavirus hotline will help to mitigate the effects of the crisis on the target group and the society at large.

Implementation period: 15/04/2020–15/06/2020