It’s Hard to be a Good Neighbor in Bad Neighborhood

Implementers:           Armenian Progressive Youth (ARM), Nazim Ibadov (AZ)
Duration:                    11 months

Publication Statement:  The project aims to engage young people from areas affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict into peacebuilding initiatives through formation of a joint youth group of Armenians and Azerbaijanis who will know how to neutralize nationalistic and aggressive rhetoric in online platforms. The implementers, Armenian Progressive Youth (Armenia) and Nazim Ibadov (Azerbaijan), will form in-country groups of 30 young people (in total 60) aged 18-25 who will participate in training workshops focusing on Psychology of Relations, Tolerance, Team Building, Conflict Transformation, Ethical Codes and Human Rights. Following the workshops, the implementers will invite the most active and motivated participants (10 from each of Armenia and Azerbaijan) to participate in a 5-day joint camp in Georgia. The participants of the camp will brainstorm on possible cooperation within joint projects that should aim at reducing the hate speech in online platforms. The implementers will support some of the most promising joint projects. The same group of young people will attend a follow-up camp in Georgia to present the results of the implemented joint projects, and share their experiences and lessons learned while struggling against hate speech in online platforms. The project will form a joint group of young peacebuilders who will know how to address aggressive rhetoric in online platforms by promoting a language of respect and peace. Provided the political and financial environment is conducive, the project may expand its scopes by engaging new groups of young people from across the conflict divide.