BEARR Trust 30th Anniversary: Photography Competition

“Side by Side”: celebrating 30 years of building connections and sharing understanding between communities Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 1 June, 23:59 BST 2021 marks 30 years since BEARR was founded in Moscow to provide emergency aid during the social and medical crisis that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. To mark the occasion, BEARR …

BEARR’s 30th Anniversary Photography Competition: The Judging Panel

Nadia Beard Nadia is a journalist and pianist. She is the Editor in Chief of The Calvert Journal, and previously lived and worked in Russia where she was the Moscow correspondent for The Independent. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Telegraph and Reuters among several others. Jadwiga Bronte Jadwiga is an award-winning social documentary photographer exploring relationships between human identity and politics …

BEARR Trust Summer Lecture 2021

“The Londongrad Laundromat and its consequences”, with journalist and ‘Moneyland’ author, Oliver Bullough We are delighted to announce that award-winning journalist and author of Sunday Times Bestseller ‘Moneyland’, Oliver Bullough, will givethis year’s Summer Lecture, “The Londongrad Laundromat and its consequences”. The lecture will take place at 17.00 GMT on Wednesday 12 May via Zoom. Financial Times contributing editor John …

Project report: Gender Equality: the key to empowering women and eradicating poverty

Grantee: International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), Armenia Project: project on gender equality as a key to the role of women and poverty reduction, focusing on family entrepreneurship in a single village, and to create a community-based NGO.  Our programme this year was carried out in exceptional conditions, both because of the coronavirus epidemic and the war in Nagorno …

One year on: Russia’s COVID-19 crisis

After a decade of economic stagnation, oil price instability, military conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and international sanctions and counter-sanctions, 2020 was to be a year of revival for President Putin and Russia. A constitutional referendum in April; national V-E Day celebrations in May; and the acceleration of the $362bn national investment plan to renew Russia’s public infrastructure, lift living standards, drive up economic growth and, …

Project report: a safe community for the women of Soghd region

Grant recipient: NGO “Sarchashma”, Tajikistan Project: Training Women’s Councils in southern jamoats, and raising awareness, working with men and boys as well as women and girls  We want to see women and the whole community learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones from violence, to be the guardians of a safe society in matters of gender equality, to show …

Small Grants Scheme 2021: Preliminary Results

The BEARR Trust’s 2021 Small Grants Scheme sought applications from across the region for projects to “reduce the social isolation of people living with disadvantage”. We did not specify the beneficiaries: instead, applicants were asked to describe the problems faced by the people they wished to help. Previous BEARR grantees were also invited to apply for some additional funding to …

Project report: women’s entrepreneurship

Promising potential for economic development Grantee: “Nurjolber”, KyrgyzstanProject: to raise awareness of domestic violence in Naryn province through support for entrepreneurship and small business development Global trends are showing a steady growth in women’s entrepreneurship. Despite having played a major role in creating jobs and improving social wellbeing, its development still faces great challenges in …

Project report: women for good governance

Grantee: NGO Center, Armenia Project: To promote gender-balanced, needs-responsive local government in targeted communities by establishing a participatory model.  The programme “Women for good governance”, supported by the BEARR Trust Small Grants Scheme, was implemented by the NGO Center in Armenia. The programme was launched in May 2020. It aimed to promote gender-balanced and needs-based local self-government in target communities through the development of a community-based participatory model.  It …