Best Russian regions in supporting CSOs
Announcement of the region that leads the way in providing help to CSOs
The Ministry of Economic Development has a published a ranking for regions that have been leaders in supporting SONGOs. The top five regions are:
Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region – 1st
Krasnodar region – 2nd
Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region – 3rd
Tyumen oblast – 4th
Republic of Bashkortostan – 5th
Rankings for all the regions and its analytics are available on the Ministry’s website.
Why the rating is necessary
Tatyana Ilyushnikova, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, explained that the rankings highlight the efforts being made at both federal and regional level to ensure the broadest possible opportunities for competition and improvement in the quality of social services.
“Access of non-State companies to this sector means a faster response to the demands of society, competition in service provision, development of the SONGO sector itself and opportunities for social entrepreneurship. The rankings reflect these main objectives”, said Tatyana.
What criteria were used to assess the regions in achieving their ranking?
The Deputy Minister highlighted several positive trends compared to 2017 when the Ministry first introduced these rankings:
- Growth of non-State organisations in the healthcare sector from 19% to 28%;
- Increase in the number of regions where there is an infrastructure for supporting SONGOs (e.g. centres of innovation in the social sphere) from 57 to 67;
- An increase in the number of regions implementing municipal projects to support SONGOs from 67 to 72;
- The number of regions that provide support to social entrepreneurs has risen from 42 to 45;
- The number of regions that offer regional tax benefits has increased from 12 to 15.
Why CSOs should provide social services
Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, Chairwoman of the Commission for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector and Support to CSOs, explained why it is important that not only federal but also CSOs work in all social sectors.
“People should be able to choose where to apply for services in any sector, be it in healthcare, social services or education. We need to encourage competition. It already exists in healthcare but the growth in non-State social service providers has only just begun”.
Topoleva-Soldunova stated that it is no easy task for CSOs to become social service providers but this gives them preferential treatment. “The work of CSOs that have decided to become social service providers is more sustainable. They can rely not only on donations but also on regular compensation from State finances for the services provided”.
Translated by Neil Hailey