June 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19 is still sadly dominating all our activities.  At BEARR we are trying to do as much as we can working from home, and hope you find our information, publications and other services a useful resource at this time.

In this issue we have two articles on aspects of COVID-19 in EECA:Our BEARR Volunteer, Nathan Dampier’s survey of the latest stats, with a special focus on Russia and Georgia BEARR Trustee, Janet Gunn’s look at how the virus is affecting migrants across the regionWe are also highlighting some valuable advice from Age International about COVID-19 and the elderly, which applies worldwide.

We have two major items of BEARR News: the results of our 2020 Small Grants Scheme (with an appeal for funds to help support more projects)details of our Annual Lecture on 7th July – this year it’s online so accessible throughout the region as well as in the UK and beyondWe have project reports from two 2019 grantees, in Armenia (look out for some brilliant photography), and Ukraine.

And our Chairman has written a thoughtful piece about how BEARR approaches project evaluation – as a learning rather than judgemental process. This methodology has been developed by BEARR Trustee Megan Bick. Megan has a wealth of experience  working across the region with international and regional development organisations.

Any comments regarding our newsletter?  Please email info@bearr.org


Click through to Eventbrite to book your place at our online Annual Lecture, taking place on Tuesday 7th July at 15:30 UK Time. Thomas de Waal on Europe’s Eastern Partnership/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’.

77 organisations submitted funding proposals for our Small Grants Scheme designed to support projects strengthening the position of women in rural communities in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. 10 projects were chosen. Read more about them here.

Please help us to support more projects that strengthen the position of women in rural communities. We would like to ask for your help in raising an additional £1,000 towards our Small Grants Scheme this year. We would be grateful for any amount of money you could give before 10th July. Read more about our campaign and donate on our Virgin Money Giving page.
COVID-19 in the region 

BEARR volunteer Nathan Dampier offers a survey of the latest stats related to COVID-19, with a special focus on Russia and Georgia.

BEARR Trustee Janet Gunn examines how the virus is affecting migrants across the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Valuable advice from Age International about COVID-19 and the elderly, which applies worldwide.

BEARR project evaluation 

Our Chairman Nicola Ramsden reflects on how BEARR approaches project evaluation – as a learning rather than judgemental process.
Project reports from some of our 2019 Small Grants Scheme; for projects dealing with Violence Against Women and Girls. 

In February 2020 Olive Branch Arts travelled to Yerevan in Armenia to deliver Creative Arts & Trauma training for domestic violence workers at the Women’s Support Centre (WSC), and Photography training for artists and activists in partnership with the WSC and the Fem Library.

Женская лига Донетчины, Мариуполь, Украина , рассказывает о своем проекте по предотвращению профессионального выгорания среди медицинских и социальных работников, пытающихся противодействовать насилию.

News from the region 

Details of official Russian support for NGOS

Our Future Foundation to provide targeted assistance to social entrepreneurs

New report criticises Georgia’s psychiatric facilities

Duma considers tax concessions for NGOS

CSS Foundation grants for NGOs supporting families, deadline 31st July

Migrant workers’ access to healthcare in Russia

Moscow hotline for NGOs in difficulties from COVID-19

Ukraine’s health reform hangs by a thread, impacted by ministerial turnover


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