Report on Russian CSOs working in social services in 2020

Ministry of Labour reports on number of CSOs working in social services in 2020

27 April 2021

The Ministry determined how many CSOs (NGOs) operated in the field of social services and who had access to assisted living arrangements.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation has published a revised report on the implementation and effectiveness of the federal ‘Social Support for Citizens’ programme for 2020.

Socially Oriented CSOs

According to the department’s data, up to 1 January 2021 there were more than 1,887 non-governmental organisations operating in the social services market, more than 1,118 of which were socially oriented CSOs. In 2019, these figures were 1,300 and 900 respectively.

28.6% of organisations operating in social services were non-governmental.

The Ministry of Labour analysed the work of coordinating councils operating under government authorities. The analysis showed that coordinating councils succeeded in “removing administrative barriers” for non-governmental organisations to access the services market and in providing more government funds for them.


According to the Ministry, in the regions the number of volunteers working in social services is increasing, including amongst the older generation.

As stated in the report, “Volunteering is an effective mechanism to tackle society’s current issues, and it allows social services organisations to widen the range of services they are able to provide”.

Assisted Living

In 2020, 75 regions started to introduce assisted living for people with disabilities.

The number of people with disabilities able to access these services likewise increased to 5,056, one and a half times more than in 2019. Of these, 2,776 people are in assisted living on a trial basis, with 2,280 on a permanent basis. The majority are people with learning difficulties.

According to the regions, a further 5,571 people with disabilities require assisted living, 4,470 of whom live in in-patient facilities of social services.

The report also touched on issues relating to support for particular groups, such as families and the elderly. The report can be found in full here.


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