Russia’s regions to be rewarded for engagement with SONGOs?

A proposal from the Federation’s Public Chamber to reward regions that have high public engagement in the work of SONGOs




The Public Chamber has sent a letter to the Russian Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov in which it proposes to:


  • include an indicator of the number of citizens involved in the work of SONGOs as part of assessments of the effectiveness of top regional officials and authorities;


  • create incentives for the regions for securing high public engagement in the work of SONGOs.


In late May, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova instructed the Ministry of Economic Development to work with the Public Chamber to develop by 1 August proposals for encouraging regional authorities to reduce disparities in the growth of the non-profit sector which were highlighted in the Chamber’s Regional CSO rankings.


The proposals are also aimed at motivating agencies to pay greater attention to the involvement of CSOs in the social contracting process in the further implementation of the law on social contracting.


“This will contribute to improvements in the process for evaluating the “total revenue of regional CSOs in terms of sales of goods and services” and the “economic importance of CSOs at regional level”, as well as helping to address regional imbalances”, said Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, Chair of the Public Chamber’s Commission for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector and Support for SONGOs.



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