August 2020 Newsletter

   At BEARR, we are continuing to work remotely (August Trustees’ meeting above), but energetically. In this issue we have four major items of BEARR News:We are recruiting a new part-time Information Officer to replace our invaluable Sophie. A rewarding post for the right person.Our survey of how COVID-19 is affecting the work of NGOs/CSOs …

Visiting two recipients of BEARR Small Grants in Armenia

Sophie Vandyck, BEARR Information Officer In August 2019 I had the privilege of visiting and evaluating two organisations working to make a difference to vulnerable groups in the Kotayk and Yerevan regions of Armenia; the ISHR and Improve Our Village.  The International Society for Human Rights, Armenia, is connected with ISHR organisations in other countries, …

BEARR Trust webinars, November 2020

Due to the situation with COVID-19, the BEARR Trust is not planning to hold its usual annual conference in London this coming November. Instead we plan to hold three separate on-line webinar discussions on different  COVID-related issues, as follows:  on 5 November – Civil Society Support for Persons with Disabilities;  on 12 November – Civil Society …

The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2020 ‘Europe’s Eastern Partnership/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’ – living with powerful neighbours’

The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2020 ‘Europe’s Eastern Partnership/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’ – living with powerful neighbours’, given by Tom de Waal – report For many years, at about this time of year the BEARR Trust’s friends and supporters and others with an interest in our region get together at the premises of the EBRD in central …

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 …