Ukraine – large grants offered for social initiatives

Ukrainians will receive up to 700 thousand UAH for social initiatives Published by Shotam Info, Ukraine, 12 February 2020  In Ukraine, a grant program “Living on an equal footing” is being launched for social entrepreneurs and social initiatives for the benefit of people with disabilities and their close circle. The program provides financial help and …

Russia: competition for training places to work with private donors

Launch of a competition for NGO teams for free training places to work with private donors 28.01.2020 The “Need Help” charity has launched a competition for NGO teams to take up free training places working with private donors. The deadline for applications is 10 February. The programme will start on 2 March and end in …

Duma bill abolishes audits for small funds

Russian State Duma approves First Reading of a Bill abolishing mandatory audits of small amount of funds 24.01.2020 The main criterion for an audit exemption is that the total value of an asset and money received by charities should not exceed a certain amount. The Duma has passed the First Reading of a Bill which …

Armenian plan to close rural maternity clinics

Protests follow Armenian plan to close rural maternity clinics The government says the move is necessary for the sake of efficiency and health, but those in affected communities complain that it is a symptom of Yerevan’s neglect for rural areas.  Published by Eurasianet Ani Mejlumyan Jan 24, 2020 Screenshot of a report from Armenia’s 5th Channel …

Russia – young people with mental illness need access to vocational training

Action needed to ensure people with mental illnesses can access vocational training 23.01.2020 The Federation’s Public Chamber has been discussing how young people with mental illnesses can learn a profession and in so doing exercise their right to work. On 23 January, the Public Chamber held a round-table event on “Vocational training for young people …

What NGOs would like from new Russian Government

Expectations from new Government Ministers: What NGOs would like to see  22.01.2020 On 21 January, the composition of the new Russian Government was announced which included new heads of Ministries responsible for social policy. Our ASI correspondent has been asking NGO representatives what issues they’re expecting these new Ministers to deal with initially. That same …

Putin answers questions on social services and welfare payments

The Ministry of Finance considers benefits for pensioners caring for the disabled 22.01.2020 The Russian President has met with community leaders to answer questions about social services and welfare payments including the support available to people with disabilities. Yelena Klochko, Chair of the All-Russian Organisation for the Parents of Disabled Children (VORDI), put to Putin …

How to improve palliative care in Moscow?

Transforming palliative care in Moscow requires medical ‘capacity’ and personnel 21.01.2020 Why is it that less than half of people in need of palliative care in Moscow are being given the support they need?  What are the chances of improving this situation?  These were the issues discussed at the ‘Healthy Moscow Assembly’.  The organisers have …

Role of ‘infrastructure NGOs’ in developing charity sector in Russia

The impact of ‘infrastructure NGOs’ in developing the charity sector 17.01.2020 Research has been conducted into the ways that resource centres influence the development of the Russian charity sector.  The research was jointly produced by the Information and Analysis Centre for the Development of Public Initiatives, the company Progress Consulting and the Siberian Centre for …

Public discussion of ways of treating people with HIV

Public discussion begins on new ways of treating people with HIV 17.01.2020 Ministry of Health officials have been forced to recognise that the old system designed to support people with HIV has failed and to commit to a new approach. On 16 January a public discussion began to build a new system for providing medical …