Russia: Launch of a CSO mutual support programme
Launch of a CSO mutual support programme
The aim of this initiative is to develop a professional support and mentoring system.
The Dobro.ru website has launched a “CSO mutual support” programme to develop a mentoring scheme in the non-profit sector. The site explains that around 11,000 CSOs open and 45,000 close each year, mainly due to a lack of funding, experience and expertise.
The initiative will help in identifying mentors and allow CSOs to share experiences and “peer-to-peer” principles with one another, as well as developing working practices that can be used to resolve social problems. The programme will also help in providing a quick response to those asking for support and in implementing solutions to social issues.
Mentors can be:
- CSOs with expertise and a track record in their own field, or in areas of strategic and organisational development;
- CSOs that can secure resources, promote sustainability and are involved in social design;
- CSO resource centres;
- CSOs that organise training courses for the third sector;
- Systemic federal CSOs
- 10 October to 15 November: Applications invited from CSOs willing to become mentors;
- 16 November to 1 December: Selecting mentors from the applications received;
- 4 December: Publicising a list of those CSOs ready to help others.
You can take part in the programme in a variety of ways: webinars, private consultations, long-term support for an organisation or project (mentoring), sharing practices/guidance and participating in internships. Or you can offer your own mentoring approach.
Those interested in becoming a mentor should complete an application on the Dobro.ru website (https://land.dobro.ru/nko) and select their preferred form of mentoring.