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 …

Azerbaijan’s soaring food prices

Published by Open Caucasus Media 3 JANUARY 2020 BY GULNUR KAZIMOVA Этот пост доступен на языках: Русский Photo: OC Media A recent increase in food prices has left many in Azerbaijan reeling. As debate around the causes and possible solutions to the problem continue, it is the most vulnerable who are paying the biggest cost. ‘Everything …

Russia: NGO leaders join working group on constitutional change

NGO leaders join working group on constitutional change 16.01.2020 Representatives of non-profit organisations have been invited to participate in suggesting amendments to the Russian Constitution. Amongst others, the working group includes: – Elena Alshanskaya, president of the Volunteers to Support Orphans Foundation – Lev Ambinder, president of Rusfond – Olga Amelchenkova, chair of the Volunteers …

Russia: Social Entrepreneur 2020 contest open for submissions

Social Entrepreneur 2020 contest open for submissions 15.01.2020 Projects may now be submitted for the Social Entrepreneur 2020 competition. Businesses hoping to receive funding in summer 2020 should submit their applications by 28 February. Applications are accepted throughout the year, and winners will be announced in the summer and the autumn. Submissions received after 28 …

New procedure for recognising social enterprise status in Russia

Ministry of Economic Development develops procedure for assigning social enterprise status 13.01.2020 The Ministry of Economic Development has established a procedure by which small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be recognised as social enterprises. To enter this category, an application must be made to the appropriate authorized regional body, and relevant documents submitted. The list …

ASI Director receives government award

ASI director Elena Topoleva receives Russian Government Media Award for 2019 09.01.2020 Elena Topoleva, Director of the Agency for Social Information, has received an award for her coverage and analysis of civil society structures and her contribution to the development of philanthropy in Russia. The decision to publicly recognise her work was made by the …

Disabled access in Siberia

Wheelchairs In Siberia: Disabled Activists Fight For Better Access January 08, 2020 17:42 GMT Published by RFE/RL  click for video Navigating a Russian city in a wheelchair is incredibly difficult — and the challenge is even greater in the middle of winter. One disability activist in the Siberian city of Tomsk says government projects intended …

Challenges for women due to closed border between Georgian and Abkhazian controlled areas

Voice | ‘The occupation of Abkhazia makes us occupied too’ Published by Open Caucasus Media 6 JANUARY 2020 BY OC MEDIA Этот пост доступен на языках: Русский Nona Bukia, 67, lives in Khurcha, a village bordering Abkhazia on the western side of the River Enguri (Ingur). Bukia, who has headed the local branch of women’s …