Democracy and participation

"Belarus Votes 2016"


Who is behind this?

Marco Fieber

Libereco - Partnership for Human Rights


Who is joining forces?

Common Europe Foundation




Election Observation: Theory and Practice Project


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Twelve young journalists from Belarus, Germany and Poland will discover the insights of “Europe’s last dictatorship” during the upcoming parliamentary election. Working in multinational teams, they will shed light on Belarus, which remains to be hidden from Europe’s mainstream media coverage.
Follow our live reporting in September 2016 on and on Twitter (@BelarusVotes)!

Where will your idea take place?

Minsk (Belarus) / Vilnius (Lithuania) / Berlin (Germany)

Why does Europe need your idea?

Our project addresses two challenges:

First, Belarus, which is a neighbouring country of the European Union, is largely ignored by European media and public. For many, the hearts and minds of Belarusians as well as political dynamics in the country remain unknown and, thus, incomprehensible.

Second, inter-cultural understanding built on European values is hard to maintain and to increase in times where tensions in Europe become more and more severe.

What is your impact?

First, we want to use the election as a focal point for increased media coverage from a young European point of view. We hope to improve the knowledge about the current situation in the country and to highlight the importance of free and fair elections.
Second, we want to increase mutual understanding on a face-to-face basis by bringing together a team of young journalists from Belarus, Germany and Poland.

How do you get there?

March: Open call for participants / Selecting a project coordinator

April/ May: Selecting Participants (12 persons) / Selecting editorial board (3 persons)

June to August: Organising a preparatory meeting and workshops in Berlin (3 working days): team building, journalistic training, workshop on researching in Belarus, exploring topics, launch of website / Publishing background articles

September: Organising the kick-off meeting and workshops in Vilnius (3 working days): In-depth research on topics, workshops on social media and IT-security in Belarus / Research on the ground in Minsk: daily editorial meetings, publishing articles, live reporting

October: Preparing an evaluation meeting with project partners / organising a public event to show the project’s outcome

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Our participants will be a group of twelve young aspiring journalists (18-26 years old), respectively 4 from each country (Belarus, Germany and Poland). Our audience is the interested English-speaking public, including scholars, journalists, think-tanks, policy makers and students.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Our project does not only combine project partners from three different countries, we also merge our experience from three diverse working fields: human rights, journalism, and election observation. For us, the idea of Europe does not end at the borders of the European Union. We want to show that Belarus – besides its questionable democratic records – is indeed a part of the European family.

€ 27210,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 27210,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Travel expenses: 6680 EUR Food: 6000 EUR Accommodation: 4960 EUR Project Coordination: 3200 EUR Visa, office materials, PR: 1920 EUR Expert fees: 1800 EUR Website, IT security, SIM cards: 1400 EUR Seminar rooms: 1250 EUR



Idea created on March 6, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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