Foreign Ministry Approved Aid Projects Directed at Georgia, Moldova and Indonesia, as well as a Project for Educating Estonian Youth in the Field of Development Co-operation
On Friday, 22 April, the Foreign Ministry decided to support five development and humanitarian aid projects directed at Georgia, Moldova and Indonesia, as well as a project for educating Estonian youth in the field of Development Co-operation with 940 000 kroons. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet signed a directive earmarking the sum in the Foreign Ministry’s budget from the means foreseen for development and humanitarian aid.
Two projects are directed at Georgia; an EU training programme for Georgian Civil Servants in co-operation with the EU TACIS aid program applied for by the Estonian School of Diplomacy and a project for the officials from the Georgian Parliament in co-operation with the Swedish Parliament applied for by the Riigikogu Chancellery. In the framework of the first project, the Georgian officials will be introduced to the Estonian experience in European integration and a week-long training course is scheduled for 12 Georgian officials, who work in the European integration departments of different Georgian state institutions. The goal of the second project is through practical parliamentary work experience to support Georgia’s endeavours in building democratic rule of law. In the framework of the project, a week-long study programme will take place for 10 officials of the Georgian Parliament.
The initiator of the third project is also the Estonian School of Diplomacy. The Foreign Ministry is going to allocate two scholarships for a Moldavian and a Georgian young diplomat to study international relations and European integration in Estonia.
The Foreign Ministry also approved monetary support for a humanitarian aid project in Indonesia conducted by the Rescue Board. The goal of the project is to send the logistics group of the Estonian Disaster Relief Team on a mission to Calang, Indonesia to support international humanitarian aid organisations (OCHA, UNDP, WHO, WFP) engaged in liquidating the damage done in South-East Asia
The Foreign Ministry also decided to support the Open Estonia Foundation’s project in co-operation with the GLEN (Global Education Network of Young Europeans) education programme. The main purpose of the project is to raise the knowledge of Estonians regarding development problems in poorer countries and the importance of development co-operation in communication between countries and peoples. The project will allow for students and young professionals to work in their fields in a developing country, to obtain cultural exchange experience and then actively participate in promoting a solidarity way of thinking in Estonia. The global education project GLEN was created in 2003 by the German organisation ASA and partner organisations of the seven new EU Member States. The purpose of GLEN is to promote the understanding of the world based on solidarity, justice and economy through volunteering work in a developing country among European youth. To attain the goals of the project three Estonian youths (aged from 21 to 30) will participate in three-month community projects approved by the partners of the project.
8 million kroons is allocated from the Foreign Ministry’s 2005 budget to development and humanitarian aid.