In their EUCAM fellowship ‘research week’, Anastasiya, Gulnura and Sabrinisso conquered Brussels. In their meetings, they sought input for their individual research projects that are mostly focussed on EU-Central Asia trade relations and economic development. They also strengthened their understanding of how the European institutions work and interact with each other.

They grasped and distinguished the role of DG TRADE (as a negotiator), DG DEVCO (in planning and implementation), the EEAS (diplomacy), the European Parliament (as a watchdog). Also, they saw how civil society organisations, including think-tanks, work in Brussels and the importance they attach to dissemination and advocacy strategies in order to maximise impact on policy-making.

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Freelance journalist, editor, web consultant. Worked for various international organizations and media outlets, including UNDP, UNEP, RFE/RL. Currently, assists non-profit organizations in building their corporate identity, online presence, strengthening communities in social media. Has been involved in EUCAM since 2009. Studied International Journalism at the Kazakh National University (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt (Germany).