The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2020

7 July 2020 ‘Europe’s Eastern Partnership/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’ – Living with Powerful Neighbours’ Speaker: Tom de Waal In case you missed the lecture, you can also watch it here. 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 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 …

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 …