Belarus

 

Accountability

$15,780

Promoting Government Accountability

To foster civic initiatives. The initiative will oversee local civic campaigns focusing on a variety of local quality of life issues and a lack of government accountability, publish its bulletin, and maintain and upgrade its website, as well as organize roundtables, hold civic actions and produce and disseminate informational materials on local issues.

 

Civic Education

$31,100

Fostering Civic and Democratic Education

To promote civic education. The organization will organize a series of courses and workshops on civics, history, economics, law and politics for Belarus' future leaders.

 

$34,090

Promoting Educational and Civic Initiatives

To promote independent civic education initiatives. The organization will maintain a resource center for educators, distribute education materials, foster teachers' civic education initiatives, maintain a website and conduct a series of thematic meetings, roundtables, seminars, master classes and conferences for educators.

 

Democratic Ideas and Values

$16,880

Promoting Independent Analysts

To strengthen the capacity of young analysts and promote public debate. The organization will continue to develop its think tank capacity, conduct research, produce several publications, and organize public discussions in the regions on such important topics. It will organize 10 public events and publish a weekly e-newsletter, online articles, and booklets.

 

$38,800

Promoting Youth Activism

To promote youth activism. The NGO will continue to organize independent activities that promote youth activism. It will secure space, upgrade its website, and organize and support independent cultural events, including lectures, book readings, exhibitions, and movie screenings.

 

$19,000

Debating Two Decades of Civil Society

To promote democratic ideas and values. The organization will organize a conference to examine and discuss changes in civil society over the 20 years of Alexander Lukashenka's rule in Belarus. The event, which will include both academic and practical aspects, is designed to highlight Belarus' historic and current western values. It will bring together 80-100 Belarusian and foreign academics, politicians and civic activists, with a focus on young participants.

 

$25,500

Popularizing Civil Society Activists and their Activities

To foster civic activism by highlighting local activists and their civic activities. The organization will produce a series of video clips profiling democratic activists around Belarus. The clips will be disseminated via independent websites and social networks inside and outside the country, as well as through a series of regional public presentations and via DVDs.

 

$39,210

Fostering a Better Understanding of Belarusian History

To foster a better understanding of Belarusian history and support independent Belarusian historians. The organization will expand and popularize its archive of Belarusian history. To counter the government's control over and ideological use of history, the NGO will organize expeditions throughout Belarus to conduct and record people's experiences regarding important historical events. It will also organize trainings, a contest for youth, and a series of events to promote a more independent, objective view of the nation's past and present.

 

Freedom of Information

$39,805

Supporting the Independent Press

To foster the development of independent media and expand freedom of information. The editorial team will continue producing and distributing an independent print newspaper during an important pre-election year.

 

$18,311

Supporting Youth Media and Activism

To inform and engage young people and increase youth activism. The organization will maintain and expand its website, continue producing and disseminating its monthly electronic bulletin, and organize trainings for civic journalists.

 

$35,400

Increasing Access to Independent Information

To promote accountability and freedom of information.  The organization will increase public awareness of corruption and improve the quality and quantity of independent newspapers by assisting local organizations to produce regional and local editions. It will organize training seminars for local activists and journalists on investigative journalism and laws pertaining to land ownership to raise public awareness of this serious local issue ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

 

$28,800

Supporting an Independent Online Newspaper

To support freedom of information. The organization will continue to produce an independent online newspaper, and will increase the number of articles appearing on its popular news and information website.

 

$76,800

Supporting an Independent Newspaper

To support freedom of information. The organization will continue publishing a popular online newspaper in Belarus. The website serves as a free source of objective political, economic and social information for civil society and ordinary citizens. In 2014, the website will be updated each day, with a focus on the 2015 presidential elections.

 

$17,570

Expanding New Media News and Information Sources

To provide objective, independent news and information. The organization will continue operating a leading regional news website that will produce and post more than 1,200 articles in the coming year.

 

Supplement: $37,280

Promoting Freedom of the Media

To monitor freedom of information. The organization will monitor, document and disseminate information about media rights violations, as well as provide support to local journalists and media. One training seminar will be held for media monitors.

 

$48,625

Supporting the Local and Regional Press

To foster the development of the independent press. The organization will help to insure the viability of the independent regional press in Belarus and increase objective and nonpartisan information in the country during an important pre-election year.

 

Supplement: $39,260

Supporting an Independent Online Newspaper

To foster the development of independent media and expand freedom of information. The editorial team will produce an independent news website that covers politics, economics, and social developments in Belarus. NED supplemental assistance will be used to continue supporting the website in the run-ups to the March 2014 local and 2015 presidential elections.

 

$21,960

Supporting Independent Regional Media

To foster the development of independent media and expand freedom of information. The organization will continue producing a regional news and information website, increase the number of news pieces, expand the site's blogging and social media aspects, and maintain its new citizen journalism and multimedia sections.

 

$16,820

Supporting Independent Online Media

To support independent media and freedom of information by producing and expanding an Internet newspaper. The publication will the update its website daily; increase the number of original articles on political, economic and human rights issues; add new columns; make the site more interactive; and promote it offline and through social networks.

 

$20,500

Supporting Local Initiatives in Eastern Belarus

To promote civic initiatives in eastern Belarus. The organization will upgrade and expand its popular regional web portal offering local and national news and information, publish a quarterly newsletter, maintain a public reception center, convene a series of public meetings, and conduct a training for regional activists.

 

$40,000

Supporting the Independent Press

To support freedom of information. The independent newspaper will use Endowment support to cover partial operating costs, including those of newsprint and printing, thereby helping the publication to maintain its circulation.

 

$25,900

Supporting the Independent Press

To foster the development of independent media and expand freedom of information. The editorial team will maintain and expand an independent print newspaper during an important pre-election year.

 

$50,412

Supporting Independent Online Media

To foster the development of independent media and expand freedom of information. The editorial team will produce and expand a news and information website. In an important pre-election year, the publication will launch a new section on the 2015 presidential election and improve the mobile version of its website.

 

$22,143

Promoting Local Civil Society

To foster civil society and independent media. The organization will produce and distribute its independent monthly newspaper and local news bulletins, hold meetings on pressing local issues, conduct training seminars, and serve as a local civil society resource center.

 

$23,530

Supporting Local Media and Civic Initiatives

To support regional civil society and independent media. The organization will continue informing citizens and fostering civic initiatives. It will produce independent local newspapers and maintain local websites. The organization will also oversee civic campaigns designed to train local activists and address local problems.

 

$14,400

Promoting Democratic Values

To promote independent Belarusian culture and European ideas and values. The independent publication will produce two editions focusing on politics, independent culture and intellectual resistance to authoritarianism.

 

$15,940

Supporting Youth Activism through New Media

To provide objective information to, and promote civic activism among youth. In addition to updating its website daily and producing a series of articles and photo essays on youth-related issues, the organization will launch a column highlighting successful young people. The major focus in the coming year will be a campaign to inspire a new generation of active young people though a series of events, multimedia pieces, and educational, informational and promotional materials.

 

$59,550

Supporting a Leading Independent Media Outlet

To foster the development of independent media and expand freedom of information. The editorial team will continue and expand the production of its print and online newspaper. The independent media outlet will continue to distribute its weekly newspaper, and will expand the audience of its online edition.

 

$33,810

Disseminating Independent Political News

To provide the Belarusian public with independent, objective news. The independent website will inform Belarusians about pressing political issues facing the country, expand its audience by boosting its presence on social media, and improve its design and interactivity.

 

$96,000

Supporting Independent Print Media

To assist the continued publication of independent print media. The organization will provide emergency support for newsprint and printing to national and regional independent print newspapers whose publication is threatened.

 

$40,680

Expanding Access to Independent Media

To broaden the reach and impact of independent media. The organization will produce pocket calendars, brochures, pocket books and other publications with a focus on the 2015 presidential election. The publications will be distributed throughout the country.

 

$32,530

Expanding Freedom of Information

To expand access to independent Belarusian publications. The organization will maintain and expand an Internet library of works on Belarusian politics, human rights, civil society, history, literature and culture which are not readily available in Belarus. It will convert books and other independent publications into e-book format, advertise its resources via social media, upgrade its website security, and hold promotional events for political and civic activists promoting Belarusian national identity.

 

$165,805

Supporting Independent Media

To assist independent media outlets. The NGO will support independent media in Belarus by helping non-state outlets to secure newsprint, printing services and legal advertising.

 

$26,320

Better Understanding Public Attitudes and Opinions

To understand public views on key democracy-related topics. The organization will conduct and disseminate a series of public opinion surveys. The polls will provide important information on the attitudes of Belarusians. The organization will disseminate the results and their analysis through its monthly and quarterly bulletins and website, and the country's independent media.

 

$20,080

Better Understanding Public Attitudes and Opinions

To understand public views on key democracy-related topics, the organization will conduct a series of public opinion surveys. The results will be widely disseminated by the country's independent media and the organization's website and publications.

 

$23,705

Promoting Freedom of Expression

To promote freedom of expression and information. The NGO will continue an independent publishing program, conduct training workshops, organize seminars on independent culture, and launch a website promoting freedom of thought.

 

 Human Rights

$24,945

Training Journalists to Better Report on Church-State Issues

To promote religious freedom by increasing the skills of journalists writing and fostering greater public discussion on church-state issues. The NGO will organize a series of workshops and roundtables to increase the quality and quantity of writing on politics and religion. The NGO will also launch a dedicated website on church-state issues, which will feature the proceedings of the workshops and roundtables, and the writings of the participants.

 

$25,640

Fostering Educational Reform and Freedom

To promote democratic rights and values in Belarus' educational system. A coalition of NGOs will develop reforms for education-related legislation; advocate for the implementation of the amendments and other reforms; produce articles and other publications on educational reform; hold a series of public and expert meetings on improving educational standards; and monitor violations of academic freedom.

 

$76,998

Defending Human Rights

To monitor and defend human rights. The NGO will provide assistance to activists who are repressed as a result of their political and civic activities, monitor human rights violations, and provide legal aid to citizens.

 

$44,735

Fostering Freedom of Movement

To foster freedom of movement. The organization will inform citizens about the visa liberalization issue and advocate for its positive resolution by developing its team, recruiting and training new young activists, and carrying out an information and advocacy campaign that will include more than a dozen activities, including concerts, meetings, government appeals, public petitions, cultural events, conferences and a webpage.

 

$32,255

Fostering Human Rights

To foster human rights. The NGO will further develop the skills of Belarusian human rights lawyers through a series of online courses, seminars, and trainings.

 

NGO Strengthening

$48,000

Supporting Civil Society Development

To continue assisting independent civic initiatives. The organization and its partners will continue operating resource centers that serve the region's civil society and publish a regional NGO bulletin. It will organize training seminars for local activists and support local civil society initiatives. 

 

$39,189

Improving the Outreach of Belarusian NGOs

To improve the outreach capabilities of civic initiatives in Belarus' regions. The NGO's experts will organize trainings and meetings on improving multimedia reporting, IT security, and developing and promoting social network communities, PR and marketing for regional online activists and journalists.

 

$33,000

Supporting Civil Society Development

To foster freedom of information and increase the capacity of local civic initiatives. Serving as a regional resource center, the organization will convene meetings for local NGOs and initiatives, and assist civic campaigns working on local issues. Additionally, it will support the initiatives and raise their presence in regional social media. The organization will also publish and disseminate an independent bulletin.

 

Supplement: $36,855

Strengthening Regional Youth Initiatives

To train, inform, and assist young activists and organizations. The organization will foster youth activism by convening trainings and meetings, supporting for local civic initiatives, organizing a series of independent cultural events, and operating a website.

 

$10,880

Promoting Civic Activism

To strengthen civil society. The initiative will organize seminars for activists and journalists, study visits for worker activists, and visits of legal advisors to NGOs and civic initiatives. It will continue to regularly update its website and maintain its office.

 

$56,880

Supporting Civil Society

To strengthen civil society. The organization will assist local NGOs and newspapers, convene public meetings to bring citizens together with civil society leaders, create a data base of regional civic activists, and support other local civil society building initiatives.

 

$27,350

Promoting Local Activism and Freedom of Speech

To promote civil society initiatives. The organization will serve as a NGO resource center for civic activists and organizations. It will also continue to publish a regional independent newspaper and produce a website. To inform citizens about the 2015 presidential election, the organization will also add a special election-related section to the newspaper and website.

 

$24,615

Promoting Grassroots Democracy

To stimulate youth activism. The NGO will train new volunteers and engage them in local civic campaigns targeting key issues in their communities. It will also produce bulletins, disseminate an electronic newsletter, organize petition campaigns, carry out a door to door survey, hold photo contests focusing on local problems, conduct a seminar for members of local councils, and provide hotline consultations to local self-government council members.

 

$90,550

Supporting and Strengthening the Third Sector

To support, strengthen and stimulate Belarus' third sector. The organization will convene a series of NGO meetings, conduct visits to Belarus' regions, organize thematic and sectoral roundtables, continue its information services, produce promotional materials, and promote civic activism.

 

$16,850

Strengthening Civil Society

To strengthen civil society. A coalition of civic organizations will assist citizens in solving pressing local problems. It will carry out a public opinion poll to identify the leading problems, inform and engage citizens to address the issues through information campaigns, oversee advocacy initiatives to get local governments to address the problems, mobilize citizens to resolve the challenges, and provide them with the resources and skills needed to do so.

 

$22,314

Fostering Local Civic Initiatives

To foster the development of local civil society. The organization will support the activities and operating costs of NGO resource centers conducting independent publishing, legal aid, and other assistance programs for nascent NGOs and independent publications. It will also promote local civic activism and offer local residents informal courses in Belarusian language, literature, history and culture.

 

$23,290

Fostering Local Activism

To foster civic activism at the local level. The NGO will help the residents of local communities to increase their influence over the decision-making processes of local governments. Through a series of civic campaigns, the NGO will assist neighborhood initiatives in defending and advancing their rights and interests. The campaigns will include public petitions and appeals, public meetings, civic actions at which will be distributed leaflets, targeted issues of the organization's bulletin and the regular updating of its website.

 

$28,590

Popularizing Civil Society Activists and Organizations

To educate Belarusian citizens about civil society in their country and inspire them to be more civically active. The organization will produce a video program chronicling Belarusian civic initiatives. Each edition will profile and interview activists conducting interesting and innovative civic activities in Belarus. The video clips will be disseminated via independent websites and social networks inside and outside the country.

 

$19,595

Providing More Effective Assistance to Civil Society

To enhance the effectiveness of assistance to and programs with civil society. The organization will convene a meeting of donors and implementers to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of assistance to Belarus.

 

$59,260

Conducting Effective Civic Campaigns

To support NGO development. The NGO will organize a series of training workshops, study visits and internships designed to help Belarusian civic activists to enhance civic campaigns through the use of creative elements.

 

$13,800

Assisting Independent Organizations

To assist independent NGOs. The organization will assist groups working in Belarus from Lithuania. It will provide a series of consultations and trainings to NGOs, serve as an umbrella organization hosting initiatives for Belarus, and provide administrative and organizational assistance to Belarusian initiatives.

 

Strengthening Political Institutions

$100,000

Building on the Momentum of Local Elections to Strengthen Citizen Outreach

To assist democratic political parties to sustain their electoral outreach following the 2014 local elections in Belarus by supporting efforts to reconnect with citizens and supporters contacted during the election.  The organization would promote a more systematic and sustainable approach to outreach by assisting parties to track results in a constituent relations database and integrate post-election outreach activities into each party's workplan with concrete contact targets.

 

Political Processes

$50,000

Engaging Citizens to Foster Free and Fair Elections

To promote free, fair and transparent elections. The organization will recruit, train and deploy volunteers throughout the country to observe the March 2014 local elections.

 

$55,670

Engaging Citizens and New Civic Activists

To inform, educate and engage citizens. On behalf of a coalition of civic initiatives, the organization will convene a series of public hearings to inform citizens about pressing political, economic and social issues ahead of the 2015 presidential election. The results of the hearings will be disseminated through a bulletin and a website.

 

 

 

Grant descriptions are from the 2014 NED Annual Report.