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Developing Regional Belarusian and Ukrainian Youth NGO Capacity

Eastern European Democratic Centre

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2002–December 31, 2004
  • Location Warsaw, Poland
  • Geographic Focus Belarus, Ukraine

About this grant

In recent years, both Belarusian and Ukrainian youth have become more involved in civic activities. However, effective channels for civic activity, such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are underdeveloped or nonexistent in most small towns and rural areas. Youth leaders and groups need skills and knowledge to better serve their fellow citizens.Multiyear funding will support a multi-stage program to strengthen youth groups in smaller cities and towns in Belarus and Ukraine. The first stage in Ukraine will include recruiting eight 25-person groups; conducting a round of seminars on leadership development, activity planning and negotiating skills; selecting 100 participants for a second round of seminars; and holding a grant competition for projects aimed at local development. The first stage in Belarus will include conducting seven seminars for 30 youth leaders from all five Belarusian oblasts; providing one-week internships in Poland; and holding a small grants competition. The second stage will be devoted to promoting cooperation among Belarusian and Ukrainian youth NGOs through activities such as four joint seminars, one-week internships with NGOs from neighboring countries and a small grants competition for Belarusian-Ukrainian cooperation projects.The Eastern European Democracy Centre was established to support the development of civil society in Belarus and other countries of the former Soviet Union.