The BEARR Trust Small Grants Scheme 2020: Provisional Outcome

Strengthening the Position of Women in Rural Communities in Central Asia and the South Caucasus The BEARR Small Grants Scheme 2020 invited applications from civil society organisations (CSOs) including non-government organisations (NGOs), voluntary associations and other non-profit organisations for grants for projects aimed at strengthening the position of women in rural communities. Projects had to …

How The BEARR Trust evaluates projects

The BEARR Trust usually awards ten or more small grants (of up to £3,000) each year to small civil society organisations working in partnerships to try out new approaches to health and social welfare problems in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. How do we assess the impact of the projects we fund? Initial feedback BEARR …

The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2020

“Europe’s Eastern Partnership/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’ – living with powerful neighbours” The BEARR Trust’s Annual Lecture 2020 was given by Thomas de Waal, senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, on 7 July.  The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its Member States and six Eastern European Partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and …

How COVID-19 has affected migrant workers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

A report by BEARR Trustee Janet Gunn 12 June 2020 Origins and destinations of migrant workers Migration for work is widespread across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Globally, an estimated 7.6 million international migrants are from Central Asia. The main countries of destination for them are the Russian Federation, Turkey, and Kazakhstan. Around a million out of a …

COVID-19 – A Tale of Two Countries

A report by Nathan Dampier, BEARR volunteer 12 June 2020 Information available on the extent and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia has been patchy at times, and as with other parts of the world, not always comparable, especially in terms of statistics for cases, tests and …

COVID-19 and elderly people

Advice from Age International on helping elderly people cope with the coronavirus crisis (published 24 March 2020) Covid-19 is rapidly spreading globally and older people are at the highest risk from the virus. Age UK is supporting older people in the UK and Age International is working to reach those in high-risk areas in lower-income …

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 …