GLOBAL GOALS WITH LOCAL AGENDAS: PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NGO PRACTICE AND SOCIAL INNOVATIONS IN EU AND RUSSIA / NGO DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Project duration: 1 October 2018 – 30 June 2019

The project aims to join efforts of the members of CSF to promote among NGOs, local communities and initiative groups of Russia the concept of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (17 Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) and best practices in such areas as gender equality, empowerment of the communities, a peaceful and open society, including the de-radicalization of conflicts, and strengthening the partnership for sustainable development.

The project’s outcome is a handbook on good EU and Russian practices promoting citizen’s contribution to sustainable development. Best practices describe various aspects of the work of NGOs – social, human rights, environmental, civic education – those aiming to overcome sectoral barriers between NGOs and strengthen the Forum.

Download the handbook “Finnish and Russian Civil Society Actors Working Towards Common Global Goals – In search of sustainable practices of collaboration”

Partners:
Most Helsinki, Finland
Peace Union, Finland
Charitable Foundation for the development of Tyumen, Russia
Agency for Social Information, Russia
Analytical Centre of Development of Public Policy “Concord”, Russia
Center for Civic Analysis and Independent Research “GRANI”, Russia
NGO Support Center “Sluzhenye”, Russia
Charity Foundation “Citizen’s Union”, Russia

SPARK AND PERSISTENCE - HOW TO BEST DEFEND THE FLAME OF THREATENED CIVIL SOCIETIES IN POLAND, HUNGARY AND RUSSIA / HUNGARIAN HELSINKI COMMITTEE

Project duration: 1 October 2018 – 31 March 2019

The project aimed to build long-lasting solidarity between civil societies in Hungary, Poland and Russia through learning how best to shield human rights NGOs from targeted political attacks. This was done by transnationally sharing knowledge on best practices of persistence, and by initiating the spark to discover new ways for NGOs to protect themselves and their allies. The five partner organisations from Hungary, Poland and Russia built their capacity to operate and expand their mutual solidarity and external networks through international meetings; the local public of Hungary engaged in debate about threatened civil societies in a public event in Budapest; and international audiences learned about the situation of the countries through a short, professionally produced and social-media targeted video.

The project resulted in deepened analytical understanding of the operational contexts of participant organisations, as well as strengthened practical knowledge of how navigate in such situations. It also raised awareness of the commonalities of these three civil societies and on how they could support each other, and finally, it fostered stronger solidarity networks both among the participant organizations, and toward other civic actors who share the challenges and values of human rights defenders.

Video “Spark and Persistence: How to Best Defend the Flame of Threatened Civil Society in Poland, Hungary and Russia”

Partners:
The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland
Citizens’ Watch, Russia
Public Verdict Foundation, Russia
Committee against Torture, Russia

QUALITY JOURNALISM FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS IN RUSSIA AND THE EU / ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS CENTRE BELLONA

Project duration: 1 September 2018 – 30 June 2019

The project will develop professional skills and foster experience exchange between environmental activists and journalists from Russia and the EU with a special focus on investigation of waste management problems, including accumulation, transportation, storage, processing and safety measures, especially when it comes to hazardous industrial waste. In order to achieve it, activists, journalists, researchers and experts on waste management will be invited to the seminar to exchange knowledge and skills for effective and professional dissemination of information about waste problems.

For activists and journalists, who are the main actors in providing information about environmental problems to a wide public it is crucial to understand the problem and have a decent knowledge of legal, technological, environmental and financial aspects. It is also important for approaching authorities in a professional way and to suggest realistic and effective solutions. The participants will be selected through the open call. After the seminar, will write articles covering waste issues, including hazardous non-radioactive waste, in at least 4 countries, including Russia and Bulgaria.

Partners:
BlueLink Foundation, Bulgaria
Committee for Saving Pechora, Russia
RNEI, Germany
For Animals protection, Russia
Association of journalists-environmentalists, Russia

THINK CRITICALLY: PROMOTING CRITICAL THINKING IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL CIVIC EDUCATION / PILIETINIO UGDYMO CENTRAS

Project duration: 16 July 2018 – 15 July 2019

The project aims to develop cooperation between independent civil society actors in the EU and Russia working in the field of civic education to promote the formation of critical thinking in the context of global civic education. The concept of the project is based on the understanding that cooperation between various organisations and other actors of civil society can only develop through joint activities. In this case, the local actions of the active participants of the project should gradually be translated into a global context.

Joint activities of partners will be organised in the forms of an expert laboratories, a conference-workshop and advocacy actions to promote the formation of critical thinking. Work with target audiences will be organised in the form of trainings for teachers, classes for students and actions for the general public. Public discussions and dissemination of information using internet resources are also planned for the distribution of information.

Partners:
Education for Democracy Foundation, Warsaw (CSF member)
Dekabristen e.V., (CSF member)
Centre for Civic Education and Human Rights (CSF member)

OBSERVERS IN ACTION / POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOUNDATION

Project duration: 30 July 2018 – 30 January 2019

The Project implements and empowers standards of civic election observation in Poland in line with an international methodology being used i.e. by the OSCE/ODIHR and the EU as well as based on the best practices of one of the most experienced civic election observers group in Europe – Russian organisation ‘Golos’. Moreover, the Project will be based on the outcomes of former observation projects – Young Election Observers, which were supported by the CSF.
The project is addressed to young and creative activists who are ready to contribute to the development of civil society in Russia and in Poland. Participants will take part in eight (8) months programme and they will participate in:
• observation of Russian elections 2018 using modern methodology based on TV cameras recording from polling stations across the country and presentation of results of this assesment;
• conducting the first domestic, non-partisan and a-political election observation of local elections in Poland based on objective methodology according to international standards.

Partners:
Golos Movement (CSF member)
Institute of Public Affairs, Poland (CSF member)
ePaństwo Foundation, Poland (non-member)