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Building the Capacity of Belarus' Analytical Community

Pontis Foundation

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2006–September 30, 2008
  • Location Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Geographic Focus Belarus

About this grant

The program goal is to improve the policymaking capacity of Belarus’ independent think tanks and analytical centers, with a focus on enhancing the public policy debate on the future of Belarus and securing a communication platform both among and between these institutions and internationally.This grant will enable the Pontis Foundation to establish a Belarus Standing Conference for Transformation — an independent, civil body enhancing public discussion in the country and increasing attention to Belarus abroad; create a common virtual communication platform, including a quarterly newsletter, a monthly expert panel and a quarterly analytical publication; organize meetings of Belarusian academics, policymakers, journalists and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives; and provide research and travel grants to Belarusian analysts.The Pontis Foundation works to strengthen the development and long-term financial sustainability of Slovak NGOs; support the development of corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility; and promote civil society development in Belarus and other post-communist countries.