Connect! (2009-2012)

Connect ! South East West Women for Development Building Support in New Member States for Gender-sensitive and -responsive European Development Co-operation.

What are the objectives of the project:


The overall objective of the project is to build a strong EU-wide constituency for gender-sensitive and gender-responsive European development co-operation.

The project aims to strengthen the capacity of women’s organizations from the countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia) to advocate for the full implementation of the EU Development Consensus and the EC Communication on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Development Cooperation. It also focuses on strengthening the allies and solidarity between women’s organizations in Central- Eastern Europe and Global South.

The project aims at raising awareness among the women’s organizations to influence their own governments towards implementing fully EU policy on gender equality and assisting NMS women’s organizations to form closer links with gender advocates from Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.

How are we working:


In the first phase of the project it was implemented by One World Action (UK, the leader) and KARAT Secretariat and KARAT Members organizations: Gender Education Research and Technologies (Bulgaria), Association of Equal Opportunities & Gender Studies, O.P.S. (Czech Republic), ‘AUR’ – A.N.S.R.U (Romania) and Slovak Center for Communication and Development (Slovakia). In the second phase KARAT Secretariat took over the role of the leader.

Main activities:


  • Capacity building for the NMS women’s organization
  • Facilitation of networking between women from the East, South and West
  • Development and dissemination of awareness raising materials
  • Media and public events


All resources ralated to the project are available HERE