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Ukrainian-Belarusian Partnership for Community Development

Eurasia Foundation

www.eurasia.org

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $80,000
  • Grant Period September 1, 2003–May 31, 2007
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus Belarus, Ukraine

About this grant

In order for democracy to flourish in Belarus, there is a critical need for community development, local self-governance initiatives and citizens taking an active role in local decisionmaking. However, under the present political climate it is unrealistic that local government can develop solutions to systemic socio-economic problems on its own. Therefore, it is vital to encourage cooperation among all stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local council representatives, analytical institutions and the media to find solutions to local problems. Multiyear funding will support efforts to enhance local community problem-solving abilities; develop effective cross-sectoral cooperation; introduce proactive, systematic contact between Ukrainian and Belarusian professionals and organizations involved in community development and local self-governance issues; institutionalize Belarusian groups working in the field of community development and local self-government; create and improve oversight functions of local council executive committees and state agencies at the local level; and training Belarusian local and regional development think tanks to improve and expand the provision of services.The Eurasia Foundation, established in 1993, focuses on civil society, public administration and policy, and private enterprise development in the former Soviet Union.