Supported by Open Society Foundations, EPIM created the Associated Sub-Fund on Addressing the Humanitarian Emergency in the Mediterranean and Western Balkans. Through this Sub-Fund, EPIM provides direct capacity development support to a limited number of civil society organisations attending the humanitarian needs of refugees and migrants in Greece, Italy and other countries in the Mediterranean and Western Balkan regions.
With this Sub-Fund, EPIM aims to support local humanitarian organisations that have a potential to grow, develop and provide long term assistance to refugees and migrants. EPIM supports them in their capacities to enhance the scale and the quality of their work but also their ability to (re)act in the event of more significant migrant arrivals.
While many of these organisations are emerging, often volunteer-based, and lacking dedicated grant-writing capacity, they are recognized by their peers, their beneficiaries and other external stakeholders for the quality of their work and their in-depth knowledge of the realities on the ground.
In 2017, EPIM awarded capacity development support grants to 7 civil society organisations in 5 countries:
- Baobab Experience , Italy [read more about Baobab in El Pais and the New York Times];
- CRESM– Centro ricerche economiche e sociali per il meridione, Italy;
- Cordelia Foundation ,Hungary [read more about Cordelia in Newsweek];
- Legis, FYR of Macedonia. The organisation recently published a report on the reality of women on the move since the closure of the Balkan route which was quoted by several news outlets;
- Lesvos Solidarity , Greece. The organisation received the Nansen Refugee Award in 2016;
- Starfish Foundation (Asterias),Greece [read more about Starfish in the New York Times, the Financial Times and The Guardian];
- Youth for Refugees, Serbia [read more about Youth for Refugees in the Financial Times and French newspaper Liberation].
Additionally, EPIM awarded donations to 4 civil society organisations, including migrant-led organisations, in Greece and Italy, namely:
- Alharaz, Italy
- Synyparxi (Coexistence), Greece
- UNIS – Union des Ivoiriens de Sicile, Italy
- Zaatar, Greece
* While seeking to support actors that are strongly inspired by human solidarity, EPIM respects the “do-no-harm” principle in the provision of humanitarian aid and equally values a deliberate desire to meet recognised quality standards in humanitarian assistance.