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Encouraging Development of Non-Governmental Organizations in Belarus

Association for International Education and Exchange

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2012–September 30, 2014
  • Location Dortmund, Germany
  • Geographic Focus Belarus

About this grant

The program goal is to support civil society development in Belarus by strengthening Belarusian nongovernmental organizations. The Association for International Education and Exchange, a German nonprofit organization with experience in Belarus, will work with United Way Belarus, the country’s leading support center for nonprofit organizations, to provide a range of Internet-based information and capacity building resources. The grantee and its partner will also provide an array of training and consulting services to Belarusian civil society groups. In 2010-2012, the grantee supported United Way Belarus in its efforts to continue development and operation of its Internet portal for Belarusian civil society ( Overall usage increased fourfold, and usage from outside Minsk — where there has always been a lack of relevant legal, financial, and programmatic information for nongovernmental organizations — increased by over 50 percent. Registered in 1990, the grantee, together with the Minsk city administration, own a facility in Minsk that is used for meetings that bring together civil society organizations, business people, and government officials. Since 2001, it has managed the German government-financed Belarus Support Program, a small-grants program fostering civil society partnerships between Germany and Belarus.