IREX Europe was founded in 2004, in Lyon (France). Over the past fifteen years we’ve worked in 37 countries, mainly in the Eastern Partnership and Russia, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Europe and Central Asia.
Our work focuses on supporting human rights, good governance and promoting democracy by supporting and working with activists and civil society organisations directly, by seeking to improve education, strengthen independent media and reduce conflict.
The IREX Europe approach emphasises partnerships with local development organisations and provides training and capacity building in order to create sustainable change.
IREX Europe is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation having an annual turn-over of €3.0 million with funding support from multiple donors, including the European Union, United Nations, and individual governments.
To promote human rights and fundamental freedoms and empower citizens so they are able to access accurate and objective information and critically engage with the media and information they consume by strengthening civil society organisations and independent media.
In order to achieve these global objectives, IREX Europe aims to support and strengthen civil society organisations and independent media organisations so they are more sustainable and resilient and advocate for the respect of democratic principles, fundamental freedoms and human rights and have a more important role and position at local, national and international levels in the definition of public policies.
The core values of the organisation are:
· Freedom of Expression
· The right to education
· Equality for all peoples
· Inclusive/participative and peaceful communities
· Protection and understanding of the rights of the Individual
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