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Established in 1998, the Steve Biko Foundation is a community development organization inspired by the legacy of Bantu Stephen Biko, one of the founders of the black consciousness movement in South Africa. Its main objective is to encourage active citizenship and social action among the youth in politics, culture, and the economy. In the past two years, the Steve Biko Foundation hosted public lectures and seminars on various topical issues including xenophobia, launched the Steve Biko Centre—a community center erected in Biko’s hometown of Ginsberg in the Eastern Cape Province, and piloted the Frank Talk program to promote public education and discourse between young professionals. This grant will support the Steve Biko Foundation to continue to host public lectures, seminars, and dialogues that educate young people about the history of the country and the Bill of Rights. The foundation will also continue to support programs that promote arts and culture, economic justice, and social development.
The program goal is to strengthen the capacity of local civic groups to promote positive change in their communities. The Civil Action Foundation will take over responsibility for delivery of support services for regional civic organizations from its partner, the Perm Civic Chamber. Services will focus on promoting innovative citizen activism strategies across a range of civic issues with growing public resonance. These services will also seek to promote essential organizational management practices within client organizations. In 2011–2013, the grantee and its partners provided consulting support to groups working on issues as diverse as effective condominium management to medical provision for diabetes sufferers to public oversight of government agencies. They also gathered and actively disseminated information on over 120 successful cases of citizen activism from across Russia. Founded in 2005, the Civil Action Foundation’s mission is to provide informational, organizational, legal, and technical support to civil initiatives in the Perm region and throughout Russia.
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