People with disabilities describe ‘quarantine’

#butwearealwaysathome: people with disabilities describe how they are always ‘quarantined’ at home 18.03.2020 A St Petersburg coder, Ivan Bakaidov, who has cerebral palsy and is a member of the Council on Accessibility of the Polytechnic Museum of Moscow, has launched a flashmob. Most of Ivan’s friends with disabilities spend all their time at home because …

Help for self-isolating elderly people in Moscow

Elderly Muscovites in self-isolation: how people are helping the at-risk group 17.03.2020 Elderly Muscovites, for whom the Coronavirus is most dangerous, are being asked to stay at home during the pandemic. People with chronic illness are particularly vulnerable. ASI is collecting information about people who are helping elderly people to minimise their risk of contracting …

Target capital, training of NGOs, regular payments: the ‘Hour with Russia’s Economic Development Ministry’

In Russia’s Public Chamber on 17 March there was an on-line discussion between regional public chambers and the Ministry of Economic Development about NGOs, volunteers, charity, and more. The discussion was moderated by Elena Topoleva, Chairman of the federal Public Chamber’s Commission on the Development of the Not-for-profit Sector and Support for Socially Oriented NGOs, …

66% increase in the number of donations via DobroMail.ru

05.03.2020 200,578 donations were made to charity via this service last year totalling 76.4 million roubles. The DobroMail.ru service helps people to engage in charity projects, allowing them quickly to find organisations operating in different cities and select those in need of financial support or volunteer help. In 2019, the volume of automatic payments rose by 66%, …

Civil society role in assessing Russia’s performance on Sustainable Development Goals

Russian organisations and activists invited to take part in the preparation of a Voluntary Citizens’ Survey 04.03.2020 For the first time, Russia is to report on its implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in 2020. Each country has to report on progress at least twice over a 15 year period. The country’s Sustainable Development …

Social entrepreneurs seek standard rate for social services

Entrepreneurs ask for “standard rates” for social services 04.03.2020 The future of social investment and the difficulties faced by social entrepreneurs was discussed at the State Duma on 3 March at a preliminary session of the Expert Council for the Development of Social Entrepreneurship. Global experience of impact investing Impact, or social, investment, is a …

New online tool to help NGOs create public reports

28.02.20 The charitable foundation Help is Needed has produced a versatile tool for preparing public reports aimed at non-commercial organisations. It is free. On 28 February, Help is Needed launched a tool which allows organisations to create a public report without the help of a third party designer. The foundation believes that it will not only simplify …

Russian plans to improve conditions for disabled people

Pensions, children’s camps and comprehensive rehabilitation for people with disabilities: what the Ministry of Labour plans to change  28.02.2020  How to make receiving pensions easier for people with disabilities and what the state’s ‘Accessible Environment’ programme will seek to change, were both topics for discussion at the Ministry of Labour’s Social Council. On 27 February, …

New online tool to help NGOs create public reports

New online service helping to create public NGO reports 28.02.20 The charitable foundation Help is Needed has produced a versatile tool for preparing public reports aimed at non-commercial organisations. It is free. On 28 February, Help is Needed launched a tool which allows organisations to create a public report without the help of a third party designer. …

Proposals for the Russian Constitution in the social sphere

State support for volunteers, accessible environment, assistance to human rights activists: what is proposed to be included in the Constitution of the Russian Federation 27.02.2020 Vladimir Putin once again met with the group working on preparing amendments to the country’s constitution. The majority of the proposed changes were either met with approval by the President …