April 2020 Newsletter

   Welcome to our April newsletter. All of us at The BEARR Trust send our best wishes to all partners and supporters in these difficult times.  Under COVID-19 restrictions, our work is more vital than ever. We at BEARR are trying to carry on normally as far as possible.  Self-isolation is aggravating existing problems of …

COVID-19: a UK NGO’s experiences in Tajikistan. Analysis of the situation from our UK NGO partner Healthprom

9 April 2020 Jonathan Watkins UK project manager for Tajikistan, HealthProm In Tajikistan HealthProm works with public organisations, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population to support families to care for their children so they don’t abandon them in a children’s home. Together, we have set up family support services next …

Small Grants Scheme 2020 – Situation report

The 2020 Small Grants Scheme was open to civil society organisations (CSOs) including non-government organisations (NGOs), voluntary associations and other non-profit organisations working in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The deadline for applications was 1 February. Projects must be aimed at strengthening the position of women in rural communities and mustaddress …

BEARR welcomes new volunteers

New volunteers April 2020 George Leech George took degrees in History (Leicester) and International Relations (Sweden). Since graduating, he has worked to support civil society and human rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the OSCE, International Crisis Group, and Human Rights Watch in Moscow. He is currently based in Prague. You can follow …

COVID-19: NGO reports

April 2020 We asked some of our partner NGOs working on domestic violence issues how they were coping with COVID-19 restrictions and how it affected their work. Sezim Crisis Center, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Sezim acts to prevent domestic violence and support victims. It runs a New Beginnings Club for women of 55+ Meerim Kadyrkulova reports: In …

COVID-19 in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus – an overview

A report by Nathan Dampier, BEARR Trust volunteer As the coronavirus pandemic spreads into BEARR’s region of focus, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, governments have taken a range of measures to try to reduce the catastrophic impact across society of COVID-19. In this article I attempt to bring you an overview of these …

The Return of the Russian Leviathan by Sergei Medvedev – book review

Sergei Medvedev, a political historian, wrote this set of essays, originally published in 2017, over several years. The book is copiously foot-noted and brilliantly translated by Stephen Dalziel. It reads as a sometimes overlapping or repetitive stream of consciousness, covering politics and geopolitics, history, social issues, and the Russian mentality (if there is such a …

February 2020 Newsletter

 Welcome to the first edition of BEARR’s new-style Newsletter.  This will come out every two months and contain all the material that previously went into the 6-monthly Newsletter and monthly Bulletin.  Below, Chairman Nicola Ramsden explains the changes. This issue focuses on domestic violence, with:-           A report on November’s conference on ‘Violence against Women and Girls in Eastern …

The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2020 – “Europe’s Eastern Partnership/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’ – living with powerful neighbours” on 22 September at the EBRD

The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2020 will be on 22 September at 6pm at the EBRD, 1 Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN Tom de Waal will speak about  “Europe’s Eastern Partnership*/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’ – living with powerful neighbours“ * The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its Member States and six Eastern European Partners: …

Welcome to our new website!

We are very excited to launch our brand new website! Please bear with us as we migrate historical content over to our new platform and turn on the Russian language website. Over time as our new site evolves, we hope to develop it into an increasingly useful and user-friendly resource for all our visitors.