BST defines Confidence Building measures as informal measures designed and implemented by non-state actors that address, prevent, or resolve uncertainties among states or territories. They are designed to prevent wanted and especially unwanted escalations of hostilities and build mutual trust.
Confidence Building projects should be initiated by civil society organizations and groups, and should seek to successfully involve various population groups from the region in the projects’ activities. Organizations requesting grants must be legally registered in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine. Involvement of partners from other countries, especially EU, is welcome.
Confidence Building projects may focus on the following areas:
- approaches to build and/or strengthen local, regional and national capacities to promote coexistence and reintegration;
- cross-border initiatives for youth;
- approaches to civic education or active citizenship;
- approaches to reconciliation and peace that incorporate experiences from history and convey them to the younger generation;
- arts and cultural work to advance peace and reconciliation;
- the role of media in overcoming stereotypes.
Please note that for the Confidence Building program, BST accepts project proposals only through Calls for Applications. For more details, please go to Call for Applications.