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Indicative List of Foreign Donor Organizations / Development Agencies
Working in the Field of Economic Advancement and Rule of Law in Russia

Name of the Organization

Mission of the Organization

Examples of the Projects

American Bar Association

www.rlpp.ru

ABA mission is to serve equally its members, the profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is a mission-driven, non-profit program grounded in the belief that rule of law promotion is the most effective long-term antidote to the most pressing problems facing the world today, including poverty, conflict, endemic corruption and disregard for human rights.

The ABA established the program in 2007 to consolidate its five overseas rule of law programs, including the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), which it created in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Rule of Law Partnership ProjectThe purpose of the Project is to increase the credibility, professionalism, and accountability of, and the focus on citizens' needs by, legal system actors in Russia.

The Project is called to strengthen the capacity of Russian judges, lawyers and court personnel to credibly and professionally respond to citizens' needs. The project result will be met through implementation of a training and technical assistance program that includes the following two components:

  • Increasing credibility and professionalism in the lower level courts in targeted regions; and
  • Improving standards and governing mechanisms for professionalism and accountability in the Russian legal system at the national/regional level.

Criminal Law Reform Includes teaching jury trial skills, assisting in the creation of a system of effective free criminal defense counsel for the indigent, and adoption of investigation and prosecution skills to combat human trafficking. Also the program promotes anti-corruption awareness within the Russian legal community. Strengthening the defense bar is viewed as a primary component of fighting corruption within the legal system.

Combating Racism and Xenophobia in Russia and Ukraine - In cooperation with the U.S. Embassy and with regional representatives from the Ministry of Interior and the Prosecutor's Office ABA ROLI supports the initiatives aimed at fighting nationalism and xenophobia, conducts public awareness campaigns and training in pilot regions.

American Information Resource Center

The American Resource Center seeks to further the understanding of America and its institutions. It specializes in providing the latest and most accurate information about the U.S. government and its policies, American values, history, culture and character.

The collection is strong in social sciences, government and politics, economics and international relations, American history and literature, and U.S. management practices. The holdings comprise more than 12,000 volumes, subscriptions to 75 periodicals , 2 American newspapers, online databases and some 500 videotapes .

The ARC provides orientation programs for effective use of the materials and assists with inquiries about the U.S. In addition to the assistance offered by reference staff, ARC customers have access to one computer for Internet access and 15 research carrels in the reading room.

Supporting Professional Development (Management, Economics, Law, Education etc.)

American Councils

http://actr.org.ru/

American Councils for International Education advances scholarly research and cross-border learning through the design and implementation of educational programs that are well grounded in key world languages, cultures and regions. We contribute to the creation of new knowledge, broader professional perspectives, and personal and intellectual growth through international training, academic exchange, collaboration in educational development, and public diplomacy. With a presence in the U.S., Russia and Eurasia for nearly four decades, in addition to representation in over thirty countries across Asia, the Middle East and Southeastern Europe, American Councils strives to expand dialog among students, scholars, educators and professionals for the advancement of learning and mutual respect in the diverse communities and societies in which we work.

OPERATOR

Project RussNet

RussNet is a vast online Russian language learning and teaching network where teachers, students and lovers of Russian can find a wealth of Russian language resources.

RussNet offers user-friendly language modules for use in the classroom or independently. The RussNet Virtual Classroom enables teachers to maintain dedicated classroom space and to make assignments for use in conjunction with the modules. If modules are studied independently, students can still track their progress with RussNet's scoring mechanism. RussNet staff is also available by e-mail or phone during business hours to offer technical assistance.

RussNet Language Modules offer variety in content, media and approach. The following modules are available:

  • Business Russian This is a comprehensive collection of exercise units focusing on Russian for business communication. The units range from absolute novice (learning the alphabet) to advanced tasks such as deciphering contracts. The modules can be used in conjunction with the ACTR publication "Russkii Yazyk v Delovom Obshchenii" or independently.
  • High School to College Articulation Project This is RussNet's latest project. It offers separate modules on a variety of themes using authentic texts, video, audio and photography.
  • A Cultural Map of Russia This ongoing RussNet project gives learners an opportunity to learn Russian while learning about various regions of Russia. Currently posted is a cultural map of Northwest Russia. The site offers unprecedented and extensive video footage of the region and its people, as well as informative Russian texts and exercises.

RussNet is also a portal to other sites related to Russian language learning. Resource links include:

  • Materials for teachers of Russian
  • Online networks and professional organizations
  • Employment opportunities for those who know Russian
  • Publications and publishing
  • Materials for students of the Russian language
  • Tools for assessing students of the Russian language

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is supporting establishment of a stable, prosperous, and democratic Russia with a well-developed market economy and efficient, responsive government institutions. It was established in 1991, and reflects Canada's long-term commitment to the process of reform and transition in Russia. The bilateral budget has supported more than thirty projects. There are also a number of regional programmes.

The priorities include:

  • Supporting the transition to a market economy
  • Promoting democratic development
  • Encouraging Russia's integration into the international system.

Areas of focus include:

  • Public sector competence
  • Building an enabling environment for a market economy
  • Strengthening civil society
  • Supporting sustainable regional economic development in the Russian North

Gender and environmental protection are crosscutting themes for programming.

Since the early 1990s the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) worked toward supporting Russia's reform agenda of developing its private sector and strengthening its democratic institutions, including its public administration, judicial, and legal institutions. CIDA's initiatives also promoted the role of civil society, including the media, with a focus on youth and the role of women. CIDA's bilateral program in Russia ended March 31, 2010. There was a final conference involving Russian partners and other donors to share lessons learned and showcase the results of the 15 years of programming.

  • As a result of CIDA's assistance in overhauling the Russian civil code, the Russian parliament (Duma) approved new intellectual property and copyright laws modeled in large part on the Quebec civil code. The conclusion of this work enabled Russia to complete some of its bilateral trade agreements and pave the way for its accession to the World Trade Organization.
  • Key legal and legislative processes were introduced based on Canadian models to improve lawmaking, taking into account elements of multiculturalism, gender, and regional differences. To assist in this process, 750 drafters of legislation were trained across Russia.
  • A law on access to information, based on Canadian experience and expertise, was passed by the Duma in 2008, increasing government accountability and transparency.
  • The administration of courts and justice were strengthened in Russia through training court administrators and other staff in pilot courts as well as through the adoption of a standard training curriculum for court staff by the Russian Academy of Judges. The pilot court in Kaluga, which benefited from CIDA's assistance in 1999-2008, is considered to be a centre of excellence that serves as a model to other regions in Russia and other countries in transition (Ukraine and Vietnam).
  • A network of cooperatives, under an umbrella organization, was further integrated into the financial system in Russia with the help of Canadian non-governmental organization Développement international Desjardins. The umbrella organization offers local populations access to alternative and safer credit. Its current membership comprises 181 cooperatives in 28 regions of Russia, and serves 256,000 members, of whom 145,000 are women.
  • In five selected regions along the Volga River, 33 new businesses, 23 of which are owned and operated by young women, were initiated with microcredit funds averaging $300, creating 96 new jobs.

Center for Citizen Initiatives

http://www.ccisf.org/

The Center for Citizen Initiatives implements programs that assist Russian citizens in securing economic and political reforms and fosters cooperative partnerships and relations between the U.S. and Russia.

As we turn the page on 2007—the year in which CCI's flagship program the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) drew to an end—CCI aims to take its two-and-a-half decade-long experience of proving business management training to Russian entrepreneurs to new heights.

Indeed, 2008 looks brighter than ever for U.S.-Russia cooperation. With our latest, innovative programs and training opportunities for Russia's leaders, CCI will continue to provide a platform from which U.S. and Russian citizens can work together in fostering closer relationships between our two countries and help Russian businesses and civil societies to develop.

The following is a list of new programs CCI will be offering this year:

Advanced Business Management Program for Russian Executives and their Team of Top Managers

Mission Statement

CCI's Advanced Business Management Program (ABMP) provides Russian executives and managers with innovative, industry-specific business management training, which is directly tailored to the unique needs of the participants. The program brings together American and Russian company managers to exchange business and management ideas, share expertise, and create new business relationships and life-long friendships.

Goals and Objectives

ABMP provides Russians and Americans a platform for dialogue on matters ranging from business to civic leadership. Through ABMP, American companies share their expertise and help Russian executives gain strategies for how to:

  • Operate effectively within a free market environment
  • Improve management skills and strengthen team dynamics
  • Streamline and optimize their operational processes
  • Invest in and strengthen their local communities

Overview

An extension of CCI's highly successful Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP), ABMP is a 10 to 14-day advanced business management training program for groups of 8 to 12 Russian executives and top managers. Like PEP, ABMP delegations are supported by civic clubs and professional associations as an international service project all over the United States. The training consists of interactive sessions on core business management principles coupled with visits to leading U.S. companies, which showcase their prowess and provide Russian delegates hands-on, intensive professional training. Practical training sessions allow participants to solve concrete business challenges immediately upon returning to Russia, while close interaction between Russians and Americans fosters long-lasting business relationships and friendships.

Entrepreneur-to-Entrepreneur Business Training

Mission Statement

CCI's Entrepreneur-to-Entrepreneur Business Training is a highly tailored, hands-on, one-on-one business management training program conducted between a single American and a Russian company owner working in corresponding industries. The program is designed to provide individualized professional training to Russia's entrepreneurs. EEBT advances the flow of knowledge, ideas, and hands-on experiences and helps to foster personal and professional relations between U.S. and Russian professionals.

Goals and Objectives

EEBT aims to:

  • Present Russian professionals with job-shadowing and hands-on training opportunity in a successful US company
  • Supply participants with industry-specific knowledge and exposure to Western business management principles and practices
  • Immerse Russian professionals in the American business culture, as well as the everyday life

Overview

EEBT programs are U.S.-based, two-week-long programs that match Russian entrepreneurs with established American entrepreneurs. EEBT offers Russian professionals a unique opportunity to stay with and learn from successful U.S. entrepreneurs, who have taken their companies through the multiple stages of expansion, have mastered key strategic and management technologies, and want to make a difference in the lives of Russia's entrepreneurs. During their training, Russian professionals learn about business management in relations to their specific industries and gain hands-on managerial experience. By observing the work of a U.S.-company, attending business meetings, and having ample opportunity to ask questions, the delegates are able to take their company's operations on to a path of success.

Russian Youth Program

Mission Statement

The Russia Youth Program (RYP) is an exclusive program for university age offspring of CCI Alumni. RYP puts a strong focus on professional development and cultural exchange. The program is uniquely designed to provide Russian youth exposure to American businesses, ABC's of entrepreneurship and career development opportunities. While in the U.S., they will be introduced to everyday American life and civic volunteerism.

Goals and Objectives

  • Expose Russian youth to entrepreneurship in the U.S. and help them develop in their designated career fields
  • Introduce participants to current industry trends and Western business management principles and practices
  • Provide a hands-on training experience through visits to local U.S. businesses
  • Increase opportunities for business relationships and friendships among Russian youth and American citizens

Program Overview

The Russia Youth Program is intended primarily for young adults ages 18-23 years old, who are fluent or semi-fluent speakers of English and who are interested in owning or managing a business. Participants of RYP will spend two weeks visiting companies in the U.S., meeting American entrepreneurs and getting exposure to the ABCs of business and entrepreneurship. Topics of discussion will include: fundamentals of starting a successful business, financial management and planning, business organization, customer satisfaction, business ethics and others. Through RYP, Russian youth will be able to orient themselves in their future careers and gain strategies that will help them succeed in business.

Structure of the Program

Groups are composed of 8 Russian youth and a Russian Facilitator, who will accompany participants to the U.S. and guide them in their training efforts. RYP participants will be hosted in the homes of sponsoring civic club members, thereby experiencing first-hand the great American values of volunteerism and the American culture.

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE's key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth. CIPE programs are supported by the National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State, the Middle East Partnership Initiative, and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq Office for Private Sector Development.

Mission

To strengthen democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform.

Objectives

  • Foster institutions necessary to establish and sustain market-oriented democracies.
  • Increase private sector participation in the democratic process.
  • Increase support for and understanding of the freedoms, rights, and responsibilities essential to market-oriented democracies among government officials, businesspeople, media and the public.
  • Improve governance through transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors.
  • Strengthen freedom of association and private, voluntary business organizations.
  • Promote an entrepreneurial culture and understanding of how markets work.
  • Expand access to information necessary for sound entrepreneurial and policy decisions.

CIPE Approach

CIPE was founded on the idea that economic freedom and political freedom are intertwined and that progress and development comes through a combination of political and economic liberalization. Democratic consolidation is not achieved through simply holding elections, establishing a free press, and recognizing human rights (although these remain necessary components). Functioning democracies require opportunities, between election cycles, for the public to participate in the policy process. Functioning democracies also require a private sector that is capable and willing to provide an outside voice in the democratic policy process.

CIPE maintains that countries need to build market-oriented and democratic institutions simultaneously, as they are essentially two sides of the same coin. Without a functioning market system, democracies will remain weak. Likewise, without a democratic process, economic reforms are unlikely to succeed.

To support the private sector as a leading advocate for market-oriented reform and democratic governance, CIPEworks through a partner network to support grassroots networks in developing countries, capacity building programs, and technical assistance through field offices. CIPE partners with business associations, think tanks, and other private sector organizations in countries where there is both a need for progress and an opportunity for reform. CIPE's work is unique in that it employs transparency, accountability, fairness, and responsibility in institutional reform, laying the foundation for democracy at all levels of society. This institutional approach to development recognizes that changes will not occur overnight and a long-term commitment is needed for reforms to succeed.

Long after a country or a region disappears from the headlines, important work remains to prevent reforms from being overturned at the first sign of difficulty. CIPE supports its partners to develop and become leaders of sustainable development initiatives in their countries. At the same time, CIPE also assists key reformers in places where serious progress has yet to take hold.

CIPE recognizes that successes in one region may provide a model approach for another. CIPE and its partners continue to apply lessons learned across regions, creating new approaches in countries at various stages of democratic reform.

Areas of Work

  • Democratic Governance – CIPE works to create and strengthen institutions of accountability and increase public participation in reform.
  • Combating Corruption – With the private sector leading the way, CIPE seeks to improve governance mechanisms and standards and make a link between cultural norms and the rule of law.
  • Business Association Development – CIPE supports grassroots participation of private sector organizations by providing support and technical assistance.
  • Corporate Governance – CIPE initiates and supports programs to educate private sector leaders and the public on fairness, accountability, responsibility, and transparency.
  • Legal and Regulatory Reform – CIPE encourages the private sector to identify laws and regulations that hinder business activity and make reform recommendations.
  • Access to Information – CIPE works with local partners to achieve greater transparency in government and an unrestricted voice for reformers.
  • Women and Youth – CIPE supports women and youth through entrepreneurship and management programs.
  • Informal Sector and Property Rights – CIPE and its partners support the democratic voice and participation of the informal sector, reforming business registration procedures, and strengthening private property rights.

Expanding dialogue with Authorities and Community

>Increasing Potential and Professionalism of  Business Associations

Developing Entrepreneurial and Leadership Qualities of the Youth of the Northern Caucasus

Protecting and Promoting Small and Medium Enterprises Interests

Open Discussions of Administrative Barriers to Develop Business

US-Russia Joint Working Group on Investment and Transparency

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Charities Aid Foundation – is a non-commercial organisation committed to efficient giving. It works to raise the profile of giving, lobby for tax breaks and provide an increasingly broad suite of services to charities and their supporters

Center of Legal Information and Consultations on the New Legislation on NPOs in RussiaThe project is implemented with the financial support of John D. and Kathrin T. McArthur Foundation and aimed at increasing awareness of Russian non-profit organizations of the new requirements and the opportunities stipulated by the legislation on NPOs.

Future Generation The charitable program «Future Generation» has been initiated by and is implemented with the financial support of «UFG INVEST» PLC. The goal of the Programme is to help deserted children, who were left without parental support right after birth .

Development of Local Community Foundations – The Programme of grants to support establishment and development of Local Community Foundations in regions across Russia; it is implemented with the financial support of the Mott Foundation.

Fostering Dialogue between Civil Society and the GovernmentThe Programme is supervised by the European Commission within the «European Initiative for Democracy and Protection of Human Rights».

They Need Your HelpThe only universal programme of payroll giving for company employees in Russia.

Charity Know How (CKH)

Charity Know How (CKH) is a division of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in the UK. It was established in 1991 to help "revitalise civil society in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States (NIS) through the funding of skill-sharing partnership projects between British NGOs and organizations of those regions."

Since 1991, CKH has supported more than 2,500 such projects, making awards totaling in excess of 3 million.

The project continues to provide small grants (up to 15,000) for skill-sharing partnerships between NGOs: eligible organizations may be formal and informal voluntary and non-profit organizations, or any group or organization which, under British law, is considered to have charitable purposes. Projects should contain a significant element of transfer of know-how, and can include training programs for NGO staff and volunteers, professional advice and study visits.

CKH is unable to fund applications from individuals, the preparation of funding proposals or applications, the teaching of English as a foreign language or other student programs, any building or capital costs, the costs of transporting humanitarian aid or medical equipment, the costs of offices, salaries or equipment (including fax machines and other communications equipment), or youth, artistic or cultural exchanges.

Supporting Economic Development projects

Citizens Democracy Corps (CDC)

Since 1990, CDC Development Solutions has provided innovative and market-driven solutions that empower individuals, businesses, and governments in emerging markets to lead economies towards self-sustained growth and opportunity.

CDC Development Solutions (CDS) leverages public, private and volunteer resources to strengthen SMEs and the institutions, governments, and industries that drive economic growth in emerging markets. For over two decades, CDS, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, has provided innovative, market-driven solutions utilizing a variety of methodologies to create sustainable economic development in over 80 countries on 5 continents.

In all of its work, CDS strives to create ground-breaking partnerships between the private, public, and social sectors that leverage the innovation in each sector to create shared value for clients in emerging markets. Though we have worked for USAID and other donor agencies for over 20 years, CDS also has many Fortune 1000 private sector partners, including BP, Chevron, Dow Corning, FedEx, IBM, Marathon, Pfizer and others. We utilize our ability to mobilize the best of what the private sector has to offer in conjunction with the deep local expertise of the public sector to support economic development worldwide.

Our History

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, CDS--then known as Citizens Democracy Corps--was commissioned by the White House to assist in the development of private enterprise in transforming the economies of the former Communist Bloc.

Over the past two decades, CDS has seen many changes, including merging with the MBA Enterprise Corps in 2000, becoming Citizens Development Corps in 2002, acquiring MBAs Without Borders in 2009, and finally becoming CDC Development Solutions in 2009. Yet even as we have modified structure over to provide a wider range of services in many more countries, we have continued to focus on developing small and medium size businesses, communities, and local institutions in emerging markets.

Practice areas

The spirit of volunteerism remains a core value for CDS, and we still use the skills of volunteers in nearly all of our programs. However, CDS is also highly valued by our clients and partners for our unique experience and expertise in providing innovative development solutions in a number of fields. Our work focuses on the following five practice areas:

Global Citizenship & Volunteerism

We recruit, train, place and support skilled volunteers who provide skills-based pro bono consulting to small businesses, educational institutions, NGOs, advocacy organizations, associations, local governments, and communities - all which benefit from this highly effective form of foreign assistance and citizen diplomacy.

Supply Chain Development
We use our local content development methodology to maximize economic opportunities for small and medium size businesses in emerging markets through access to the global supply chain, keeping more jobs and money in-country while increasing return on investment and creating shared value for multinational corporations.

Tourism Development
We apply unique methods to harness the power of the tourism sector as a driver of economic development, creating opportunities for small and medium size businesses, women, agricultural producers, and others working within tourism supply chains in emerging markets.

Access to Finance
We work to improve access to finance and opportunities for growing businesses in emerging markets by building links to previously inaccessible financial services, complemented by consulting assistance and training focused on the value chains to which SMEs and entrepreneurs contribute.

Stability & Economic Recovery
We promote growth and sustainable livelihoods in challenging environments with programs that mitigate the root economic causes of conflict, minimize the conditions for a return to violence in post-conflict states, and assist in recovery in the wake of natural disasters.

In Russia, CDC Development Solutions launched its program portfolio in the mid-1990s and developed a number of highly successful initiatives in partnership with USAID that included training, consulting, and networking services for SMEs and business service providers. Our programs facilitated the development of a network of sustainable Business Service Providers (BSPs) capable of designing industry-specific consulting services and products that help SMEs to access finance, build local mentorships and partnerships, and remove regulatory obstacles to SME growth. CDS also worked with several oil industry partners in Sakhalin and developed the initial Supplier Training Initiative model for local content development in the oil and gas industry, which has been replicated in many countries. CDS remains active in Russia through our partnership with IBM . The current IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program targets educational institutions and federal government entities, providing them with world-class consulting services that enhance their ability to serve clients and constituents.

Supply Chain Development

From the launch of our first supplier development program in Sakhalin, Russia in the mid-1990s, CDC Development Solutions knew that we had designed a highly effective and replicable tool. Our local content methodology was designed to maximize opportunities for indigenous businesses to contract with large corporations, keeping more jobs and money in-country. We quickly learned that the same tool was equally effective at improving the larger corporations' business performance and bottom line - a clear win-win.

More than a decade after the first Sakhalin program, CDC Development Solutions is now known as a leader in supply chain development across an array of industries. We provide business training, technical assistance, and other capacity building tools that address critical market, financial, and technical constraints and enable MSMEs to integrate their products and services into supply chains.

The tools that we use include our signature Supplier Training Initiative™ methodology for local content development , and our Regional Market Linkages model.

With a range of experiences - including localizing supply chains for the oil industry in Azerbaijan and Russia , linking small businesses to mining sector procurement opportunities in Guatemala and Guinea , building the capacity of enterprises along the agribusiness value chain in Jamaica , and identification and training of local oil and gas suppliers in Equatorial Guinea and Angola - our solutions for supply chain development capitalize upon key economic drivers in emerging markets to propel SME expansion.

Council of Europe

The primary aim of the Council of Europe is to create a common democratic and legal area throughout the whole of the continent, ensuring respect for its fundamental values: human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

The Council of Europe works in the Russian Federation through its main Headquarters in Strasbourg, and through its Liaison Office at a new location in the Rudomino All-Russian State Library. The Liaison Office is devoted to representational functions, the provision of information concerning the Council of Europe and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and assisting Russian citizens with presenting claims to the European Court of Human Rights. The Council of Europe delivers seminars and training events, and publishes a wide range of materials, including decisions of the Court and information concerning the Convention and human rights. In the Russian Federation, materials have been disseminated in printed and electronic forms, and on CDs. The parameters for work in the Russian Federation are established by the Committee on Cooperation. The Russian partners include the Supreme Court, the Judicial Department, and the Academy of Justice.

As part of the Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Commission to strengthen the rule of law and human rights, the Directorate General of Human Rights of the Council of Europe has been delivering training seminars and training of trainer seminars on the Convention in different parts of the Russian Federation.

Project against Money Laundering in the Russian Federation – The project aimed to contribute to the establishment of a fully functioning system to prevent and control money laundering in accordance with European and international standards, by:

- strengthening the Financial Monitoring Committee to enable it to exercise its functions in accordance with relevant regulations
- enhancing the capacities of the criminal justice institutions to carry out their functions within the anti-money laundering system and cooperate with the KFM
- supporting the financial sectors and other bodies required to report to help them meet their obligations in the prevention of money laundering and their cooperation with the KFM.

Moscow School of Political Studies – Strengthening democratic culture and effectiveness of democratic institutions in Russia through civic education and enlightenment of young political and public leaders.

Russian Federation – Development of legislative and other measures for the prevention of corruption – To support the Duma of the Russian Federation to develop specific proposals for the prevention of corruption through the drafting of legislation aimed at the ratification and implementation of international conventions against corruption.

Russian Federation IV, V, VI, VIIJoint Programmes to improve legislation on human rights, promote social cohesion and develop democratic practices in the Russian Federation.

Russia-ChildrenEnforcing the rights of the child and re-integrating children at risk into society.

Russia-ECHR – Enhancing the capacity of legal professionals and law enforcement officials in the Russian Federation to apply the ECHR in domestic legal proceedings and practice.

Minorities in Russia: Developing Culture, Language, Media and Civil SocietyPromote the rights of Russia's ethnic and national minorities and better recognition of their specific integrity. Enhance the legal framework (notably to support the ratification of the ECRML) and provide assistance related to the promotion and development of the native cultures, languages, media and civil society of the national minorities.

Introduction of the appeal in the Russian judiciary systemTo contribute to the establishment of a fully fledged appeal within the system of courts of general jurisdiction through the development of relevant legislation and the provision of assistance to the structural reforms.

Department for International Development of the UK (DFID)

When the Department for International Development (DFID) was set up in 1997, it made fighting world poverty its top priority. This marked a turning point for Britain's aid programme, which until then had mainly involved economic development.

Among its key objectives, DFID set out to make global development a national priority and promote it to audiences in the UK and overseas, while fostering a new 'aid relationship' with governments of developing countries.

Russia: Public Administration Reform – Public Administration more efficient and effective within target ministries and agencies at the federal level (Ministry of Economic Development; Ministry of Regional Development; Accounts Chamber; Federal Anti-Monopoly Service) and in participating regions (focus on the Southern Federal District)

Russia as a Donor InitiativeTo support Russia in its role as an Emerging Donor.

Public Forum for Development in RussiaTo establish a partnership of Civil Society Organisations and Academics to help inform Russian aid Programmes and Policies.

Empowerment of Marginalised GroupsTo contribute to poverty eradication in Chechnya and Ingushetia through the creation of civic marginalized groups involving resident and previously displaced and marginalized groups, providing them with the capacity to collaborate with local administrations and public institutions through implementing demand-driven income-generation and other improvement projects.

Strengthening Older People's AdvocacyEnable older people to achieve positive change in their lives, and the lives of others by influencing decision-makers, supported by an effective network of ageing NGOs in Russia.

Translation of Documents on Labour Migration for Distribution Among Donor Community in Russia and Central AsiaTranslation of Labour Migration Documents for Distribution in Russia and Central Asia.

East-West Management Institute

Founded in 1988 as an independent, not-for-profit organization, the East-West Management Institute, Inc. (EWMI) promotes the rule of law, civil society and free market systems globally. EWMI provides training, technical expertise and grants to foster sustainable reforms in government, business and civil society. Working in partnership with grass roots groups, local governments and international organizations, EWMI combines legal, civic and economic initiatives to build just, prosperous and democratic societies.

EWMI implements complex, ambitious programs by forming successful relationships with local government counterparts, international donors and local NGOs. Within the field of rule of law promotion, EWMI's expertise includes judicial reform, legislative framework reform, court administration, anti-corruption and transparency, judicial and legal education, and access to justice. In the field of financial reform, EWMI helps promote international financial standards and best practices in developing countries, and provides training on technical areas such as accounting, auditing, anti-money laundering and corporate governance. EWMI recognizes that an engaged civil society is the cornerstone of sustainable development. As such, EWMI works with civil society to build sustainable institutions that advocate for their citizens and build a responsive government.

EWMI's current and past donors include: the Asian Development Bank, the Associazione di Fondazioni e di Casse di Risparmio Spa, the Australian Agency for International Development the Balkan Trust Fund for Democracy, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the European Commission, the Ministry of Justice of Romania, the Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the U.K. Department for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Treasury Department, the United States Agency for International Development, and the World Bank.

Russian-American Judicial Partnership (RAJP) (2001 – 2004)

EWMI implemented a subcontract for the USAID-funded Russian-American Judicial Partnership II (RAJP II) to assist Russia in its efforts to create an efficient, impartial, knowledgeable, and transparent judiciary. The focus of the project was to support systematic sustainable mechanisms that ensure access to justice, promote judicial independence, and foster accountability throughout the judicial sector. Specifically, the Project focused on helping Russia develop an independent and fair judicial system by improving court administration and judicial training. The primary Russian counterparts were the Judicial Department and the Russian Academy of Justice, and collaboration with these institutions strengthened partnerships between Russian and U.S. organizations to improve Russian judicial training, selection, ethics, and discipline. The project also assisted Judicial Department staff and court administrators to improve caseload management and budgeting.

Embassy of Denmark – Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Since 1989, Denmark has supported the reform process in the Central and Eastern European countries considerably. The main support has been bilateral assistance schemes. The Danish efforts have been focused primarily on the countries around the Baltic Sea. This applies both to the Baltic States and Poland and to the Russian Baltic Sea regions. The assistance has covered a broad spectrum from the establishment of institutions to the solution of environmental problems, advice to companies, and promotion of human rights and democracy.

To ensure that the EU enlargement does not create new dividing lines in Europe, a substantial part of Danish bilateral assistance has been directed towards Russia.

  • n its CIS support programme, the Danish assistance is mainly focused on the Russian Baltic Sea regions: Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg and Pskov. The programme is intended to contribute to the development of a modern and efficient public sector. The efforts primarily include advice with regard to adapting and developing the regional administrations.
  • Denmark contributes to the establishment of a well-functioning tax administration in St Petersburg and efficient agricultural land registration in Pskov
  • The Danish efforts in Russia also involve the social area, where Danish funds have, for instance, been used to improve the conditions at a children's home in Kaliningrad combined with specialist training of the staff.
  • Other areas of Danish assistance include support for indigenous peoples in Russia, and humanitarian aid operations in Northern Caucasus.
  • Rendering support to the centres providing advice for small businesses on how to organize and conduct business including legal services – defence of SMEs interests in courts (as experts and empowered persons).

Embassy of France

The French Embassy provides a wide range of services concerning cultural, educational, social, and scientific affairs. Assistance for legal reform initiatives is provided on a case-by-case basis.

In recent years, the Embassy has helped raise the professional qualifications of Russian Lawyers and Notaries, and provided technical assistance to support legal and judicial reform. The latter work includes cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Presidential Administration, Supreme Court, Supreme Arbitrazh Court, and Prosecutor General's Office, helping establish partnerships between Russian Courts and other institutions and their counterparts in France, and the training Russian Judges by French Judges from the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature, in cooperation with the Russian Academy of Justice.

EURASIA Foundation

We believe societies function best when people take responsibility for their own civic and economic prosperity. Through cooperation based on mutual respect, our programs equip citizens to define and achieve outcomes of enduring benefit to their communities.

Eurasia Foundation is a leader in the development of open, just and progressive societies. Its programs promote local economic development, youth engagement, cross border cooperation, independent media and public policy, and institution building. Eurasia Foundation encourages and enables citizens and communities to seek local solutions for local problems. Since 2004, Eurasia Foundation has evolved from a U.S.-based foundation with multiple field offices into the Eurasia Foundation Network – a constellation of affiliated, locally registered foundations in Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine and Moldova that work in partnership with Eurasia Foundation in the U.S. Eurasia Foundation also has programs with China where Eurasia Foundation, with its local partners, supports local community development.

Eurasia Foundation first opened a representative office in Moscow, Russia in 1993.

Between 1993 and 2004, Eurasia Foundation invested $60 million in programs with Russia through more than 3,000 grants to local NGOs. In 2004, as part of its strategy to establish partner foundations throughout the region, Eurasia Foundation, together with Madariaga European Foundation and Dynasty Foundation, set up New Eurasia Foundation (FNE) as an independent, Russian organization.

FNE implements a broad portfolio of programs, each designed to further one of two strategic program areas: enhancing social development and human capital or improving the competitiveness and innovative potential of Russia's territories. FNE is a social development agency whose primary objectives are to assess and analyze various aspects of socio-economic development of Russian territories to design proposals, recommendations and strategies addressing territorial (regional) development problems and to implement socially meaningful projects. FNE has initiated and completed over 60 projects which have been successful in the socioeconomic development of Russia.

FNE's most active programs in Russia include:

  • Territorial Development Program, which uses a resource-oriented approach to solve social problems, such as improving the professional qualifications of municipal and regional officials, and mobilizes innovation potential to ensure sustainable development of the regions.
  • Support of Education Program, which seeks to develop higher, postgraduate and vocational education, and make scholarships available for students of humanities, social arts and sciences who are attending universities in Great Britain.
  • Development of Migration Processes Program, which is alleviating the negative social consequences of migration and revealing its positive economic potential for the development of the Russian regions. FNE helps migrants find work and understand their rights.
  • Development of Regional Mass-Media, which supports the development of high quality independent newspapers in Russia's regions. FNE's Independent Print Media program trains non-governmental regional newspapers in business development and financial sustainability, and assists them with integrating new digital tools that build closer ties to their communities.
  • Special Initiatives Program, which creates conditions for social adaptation of orphans and boarding school graduates by improving their social skills, facilitating social integration and vocational training programs for young people with disabilities, and adding professional qualification programs for social workers into the curricula of regional institutions and activities of local NGOs.

Impact

  • FNE created a network of regional universities providing educational, informational, and other services to local communities. Active collaboration with local communities enables the universities to monitor the dynamics of regional labor markets, cooperate with local businesses, and improve their image and social standing.
  • FNE created and developed the Migration Barometer in the Russian Federation website which contains comprehensive information about current migration-related processes in the RF – news, analytical articles, expert opinions and interviews, and issues of migration-related magazines. The website also contains database of NGOs, which support migrants and refugees.
  • FNE established and developed the Center for Comprehensive Support of Resettlers in Krasnoyarsk, which provides legal support and consultation to migrants and immigrants and holds focus-groups to identify adaptation issues faced by immigrants and recipient communities.
  • FNE established 5 Centers for Social Cohesion in some of the most experienced NGOs in the Northern Caucasus. The centers help address social problems within their respective communities such as youth unemployment, women's issues, protecting the rights of migrants and refugees, and relieving social tension in multi-ethnic communities using social mediators and psychologists, etc.
  • FNE launched and continues to monitor the conflictu.net web portal - the principal resource facilitating network-based collaboration and exchange of experiences and best practices in the area of conflict prevention and peace building among NGOs throughout the Northern Caucasus.
  • FNE established Russia's first network-based non-governmental housing education institutions – "Network of Housing Education Schools" and All-Russia Union of Homeowners Associations. Informational, methodological, and educational support ensures the Network's institutional development and improves the quality of the housing education services it provides to Russian citizens. It includes 14 non-commercial organizations from 12 regions of the Russian Federation.
  • FNE facilitated a Siberian-Urals Aluminum company (SUAL) and USAID joint initiative "Complex Territorial Development in Pilot Russian Regions," which built a small business support infrastructure in Mikhailovsk, Severouralsk and the Nizhniye Sergi Districts of the Sverdlovsk Region, creating 542 jobs.

Local Economic Development

EF believes that successful local development must focus on strengthening cooperation among the public, private and civic sectors to remove governmental barriers to small businesses, provide employment assistance, train entrepreneurs, and help them gain access to capital.

Our programs engage all levels of society – from young people, nonprofits, and independent media outlets to business leaders and government officials. We support local social entrepreneurs and organizations that combat poverty and find innovative solutions to community needs.

Believing citizens should take responsibility for their own economic prosperity, EF and its partners support numerous local programs whose goals are job creation and economic sustainability. These individual projects help local partners and entrepreneurs resolve problems using local resources, providing assistance with a combination of grants, networking opportunities, and training.

Focusing on disadvantaged populations such as women, persons with disabilities and labor migrants, EF provides opportunities for these individuals to improve their skills to contribute to their local community's economic growth and business development.

To date, the EF and its partners in the EF Network have created 22,832 jobs and invested more than $1 million in assisting migrant workers secure safe and legal employment.

European Union –Delegation of the European Commission to Russia

The EU seeks to ensure that all human rights – be they civil, political, economic, social or cultural – are respected everywhere, as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and reaffirmed by the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights. It also promotes the rights of women, children, persons belonging to minorities, as well as displaced persons. The Lisbon Treaty, which sets out the legal and institutional basis for the EU, makes clear that the Union shall be guided by the following principles: democracy, the rule of law, the universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for human dignity, the principles of equality and solidarity, and respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law.

The Union has made human rights and democracy support a central aspect of its external relations policy . A wide range of programmes and activities are ongoing.

The European Union has a large assistance programme for the Russian Federation, carried out in accordance with the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, the EU Country Strategy on Russia, the National Indicative Programme, and specific planning documents for the TACIS Programme, Bistro Programme, Institutional Building Partnership Programme, Policy Advice Programme, etc. Assistance covers cross-border issues under the Neighbourhood Programme, support for civil society under the Institution Building Partnership Programme, support for human rights under the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights, humanitarian assistance under ECHO, educational support under the Tempus Programme, etc.

Supporting rural entrepreneurship in the Russian FederationThe project aims to improve the economy and welfare of rural areas in Karelia (Russian Federation) through the establishment of cooperatives.

Renewable Energy Policy in the Russian FederationTo support the Russian Federal Government and regional administrations in the development of legal and regulatory framework to facilitate and encourage the use of renewable energy in the Russian Federation.

Promoting democracy through social NGOs in RussiaThe Russian government is implementing a reform handing over certain social services to market forces. This project aims to create a strong sustainable link between governmental mphasizesns and NGOs for the provision of social services.

Cooperation programme in the Baltic Sea region 2003 – support for the private sectorThrough supporting government-to-business service more small businesses have transparent access to public procurements using modern ICT technologies and the regional administration enjoys better services at a lower price/

Prevention of Human Trafficking in the Russian FederationThe main objective of the project is to combat trafficking in human beings in the Russian Federation as a country of origin, transit and destination.

Training of Judges and Court Administrators in the Russian Federation (courts of general jurisdiction)Supports the Russian Academy of Justice and the Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the RF in upgrading the skills of judges of general jurisdiction and commercial courts, as well as of the personnel of the Judicial Department, through the transfer of EU know-how and the improvement of training resources in the regions.

Assistance to the Arbitration Courts SystemThe project aims to improve the legal protection of economic operators on issues such as intellectual property rights, corporate law, shareholders rights, particularly minority shareholders, contract law, bankruptcies (including transnational bankruptcies), alternative dispute resolution and administrative issues (procedures, conflicts at Federal level with the Tax or the Customs Administration, conflicts with the Central bank on currency issues, conflicts at regional/local level on licensing and registration issues and other matters).

Raising Public Awareness of the Russian Legal SystemThe main problem to be addressed in this project is the low level of trust of the population in the Russian judicial system, as well as the low level of legal knowledge in Russian society. In particular, the project aims to improve the level of legal awareness of society at large, including school pupils.

Alternatives to Imprisonment – Against the background of overcrowding in Russian prisons, and the prevalence of a repressive penal culture (without sufficient focus on rehabilitation and crime reduction), the project aims at promoting alternative penalties to imprisonment – to eventually contribute to reducing the jailed population.

Development of the Immigration Legislation in the Russian FederationThe overall objective is to develop the federal legislation on immigration in the Russian Federation and contribute to create an effective migration management system.

Improvement of Access to Justice in the Russian FederationThe overall objective of the project is to contribute to strengthening of the rule of law in the Russian Federation through promoting a fair access to justice for all.

Execution and Efficiency of Justice in the Russian Federationit is intended to strengthen the Rule of Law through more efficient handling of court cases and more reliable execution of court judgments. It will also improve adherence to time limits for handling cases, and enhance compliance with international standards for administering justice.

EUROPEAN UNION – EU-Russia Cooperation Program (Tacis-ENPI)

With the entry into force of Lisbon Treaty on December 1st, the Institutions of the EU will undergo great changes: new posts and new institutions will emerge in order to make European Union more effective in particular in the international arena. This is something that will positively impact on relations with the Russian Federation which remains one of key strategic partners of the European Union.

In our bilateral relations, the negotiations on a new EU-Russia Framework Agreement, which will replace the current Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, is the most important task. The new agreement will bring a necessary update of the bilateral agenda in light with the current breadth and depth of relations.

The European Union and the Russian Federation are bound by close ties of partnership in economic and trade, energy, scientific cooperation, education, investment, transport, environment and climate change just to name a few areas.

During last few years the European Union hasinvested more and more into cooperation in the field of research, education, and projects for youth. Through our contacts we are increasingly aware of the need for providing possibilities for contacts, exchanges in all fields across the European Union and Russia.

In order to meet these needs, we set up interactive internet resources with an aim to give a voice and a platform for these exchanges. I invite you to find out more about the European Union, its relations with Russia, but also about the exciting opportunities for academic exchanges, possibilities for cooperation or twinning: Europlanet , Europuls , Study in Europe , EU Study Weeks .

Objectives of financial cooperation

The EU-Russia Cooperation Program works with Russia in major economic and public developments by combining EU experience in market economies and democracies with Russia's local knowledge and skills. Over the past decade the EU has provided funding for consultants, EU experts and investments to develop and reform local laws and regulations, as well as institutions and organizations, and major investment projects like border posts. EU financed projects have set up many partnerships and networks within communities. The EU-Russia Cooperation Program has focused on support for reform of the institutional, legal and administrative sectors, as well as support to the private sector in the areas of economic development, social consequences of transition, and nuclear safety.

Increasingly the EU and Russia are moving towards equal partnerships with co-financing of projects and focusing on areas of strategic importance and mutual interest for both parties.

Policy framework for financial cooperation

Since 1997 the EU-Russia cooperation program has drawn inspiration from the EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA).

More recently, the EU-Russia strategic partnership has been developing within the four common spaces. The four common spaces include 1) common economic space; 2) common space for freedom, security, and justice; 3) common space for external security; and 4) common space for education, research and culture. The May 2005 EU-Russia summit adopted a package of road maps for these four common spaces. These road maps set out shared objectives for EU/Russia relations and the actions necessary to make these objectives a reality. All new projects implemented in the Russian Federation will also follow the priorities set out in the roadmaps.

North West Russia and Kaliningrad Oblast are priority geographic regions for EU-Russia cooperation programs. The themes, objectives and priorities for projects are drawn not only from the four EU-Russia common spaces but also from the Northern Dimension framework, which goes beyond the common spaces and also covers issues such as public health and social well-being, environment, cross border cooperation.

Legal basis for financial cooperation: from Tacis to ENPI

In the period 1994 – 2006 the EU-Russia Cooperation Program was funded through TACIS (programme of technical assistance to CIS countries). Russia has been the biggest beneficiary of support to the countries in the post-Soviet region receiving about half of all funding. Since 1991, when the Programme was launched, 2.7 billion Euro has been granted to Russia and has been used in 1500 projects in 58 regions.

In addition to national Tacis programs, Russia has received support through Tacis multi-country programs, including the Regional Program and the Cross-Border Cooperation Program. This funding has covered projects in the fields of telecommunications, the environment, and Information Society networks, crime, and migration.

The TACIS regulation expired at the end of 2006. From 1 January 2007 it has been replaced by a new regulation for the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). Financial cooperation between the EU and Russia will continue as before relying on this new legal basis for financing projects. The change from Tacis to ENPI has nevertheless brought some changes. The two parties will now more than before try to ensure co-financing of projects and focusing projects on strategic priorities. The areas of cooperation have been narrowed down to cover only areas mentioned in the roadmaps to the four common spaces and the northern dimension.

Cooperation based on dialogue

The EU-Russia Cooperation Program is unique for several reasons. Firstly, all activities are the result of continuous dialogue between Russia and the EU, which fosters a sense of partnership and strong commitment on both sides. Secondly, the EU combines the knowledge and expertise of all 27 Member States, which brings a greater wealth of knowledge and experience than programmes supported by a single country. Thirdly, the Programme is integrated with the government through a framework established by the PCA and the four common spaces which furthers the strength of the commitment on both sides. The financing provided by the EC for cooperation with Russian counterpart organizations is in the form of grants, not loans, and it is increasingly co-financed by the Russian Federation.

The EU-Russia Cooperation Programme strives to ensure that the knowledge and skills are transferred to local partners who intend to remain in Russia following the project's completion.

The Programme also fosters partnerships, studies, training, and networking throughout the EU and partner countries. Russian governmental organizations, NGOs and other institutions may make suggestions for future projects, either to authorities in their own countries or to the delegations of the European Commission in Russia.

Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Development policy is a key element of a coherent and comprehensive foreign and security policy. Poverty reduction and the achievement of the UN millennium development goals (MDGs), placing an emphasis on partner countries' needs and ownership, are the first priorities of the development policy.

In its own development cooperation, Finland mphasizes the rule of law, democracy, human rights and sustainable development. The special priorities are education, decent work, reducing youth unemployment and improving the status of women and children.

The cooperation focuses on Northwest Russia, especially the Republic of Karelia, the Leningrad and Murmansk oblasts and St Petersburg. Economic cooperation in particular can be conducted also with other regions in Russia that are important for Finland.

The Ministry of Justice of Finland has been working with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and the Federal Registry Service to help with the establishment of free legal aid clinics since 2006. Technical assistance actually began under the Finnish-Russian Cooperation Agreement of 1998, which is renewed on an annual basis. Funding is supplied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. Finland has supplied expertise, technical assistance, training, and logistical support for this work. It is offered on a bilateral basis, to Russian Government officials, and in cooperation with local institutions such as the Public Interest Law Initiative.

Development Project of Municipal Administration in South Kola PeninsulaThe objective of this project is to deepen and widen competence of the South Kola municipalities on strategic development actions through education, consultation and exchange of experience. Project enhances realization of the actions, started during the Development project of Municipal Administration (Local Government) in the South Kola Peninsula.

Development of Family Entrepreneurship among Indigenous People in the Murmansk RegionObjectives: 1. To pave the way for business start-ups among indigenous people in the Lovozero area, 2. To strengthen their identity and to foster a positive atmosphere by disseminating information about entrepreneurial activities and sharing good experiences, 3. To improve the skills required to be able to engage in traditional crafts, 4. To improve people's and teachers' knowledge of the indigenous languages.

Project for Peer Counselling in Preventive Work against Youth Drug AbuseDuring the project the youth voluntary network related to the Murmansk Regional Drug and Intoxicant Nursing Home will be strengthened as well as the operations of the other voluntary groups in the area. Their task is preventive drug work through peer counselling among healthy young that are in the group at risk when it comes to potential drug experimentation. The object of the project is to develop the voluntary drug work as well as to deepen the cooperation of different actors in the area.

Development of Police Data Management, Exchange of Information and

Cooperation in the Barents RegionThe objective is to deepen cooperation supporting the safety sector, special objectives being to develop data exchange and data management, as well as to prevent safety risks and anticipate police operational focuses based on multiprofessional official actions. The project is a part of a larger umbrella project between the State Provincial Office of Lapland and the Administration of Murmansk Region, focusing on the advancement of security.

Education, Counselling and Instructing of SME`s in Karelian Rural AreasThe most central aim of this project is to develop and strengthen existing enterprises and to encourage future entrepreneurs to start their business activities. This aim is reached via education, counselling and instructing. This project will increase appreciation of entrepreneurship in Karelia.

Investment Programme for Energy Production at Sortavala TownObjectives: To perform a research on conditions and alternatives of modernisation of heat production and distribution in Sortavala town considering local biofuels and peat and as a result of the research to formulate an investment programme for district heating.

Development of Municipalities and Civil Society in the Karelian Republic –Sustainable Development of Municipalities and Villages in KareliaThe project supports development of local government in the Karelian Republic towards democratic and civic-oriented direction. Furthermore, prerequisites for reliable government action and new ways of serving citizens will be developed. The project aims to develop local government in the Republic of Karelia using two themes: 1) Strengthening the prerequisites for development and management of municipalities and 2) Support of the nongovernmental organizations' (NGO's) local initiatives and civic participation.

Cross-border jurisdiction in courts – knowledge, quality, networksThe project aims at increasing Finnish and Russian judges' knowledge of the legal system, the functioning of the courts and the evaluation of the quality of jurisdiction in the other country as well as increasing effective networks among Finnish and Russian court judges.

A Joint Study of International Infrastructure Development of Small and Medium-Sized ICT Enterprises in North West RussiaThe project develops the market knowledge and market access of small and medium-sized Russian enterprises in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. An important objective is to reinforce Finnish-Russian ICT research and networking with strong actors.

New Business Models and International Operations in CultureThe goal of the project is to develop new business models in cultural industries in St Petersburg and commercially oriented cultural exchange between St Petersburg and Helsinki. The project represents development work in new competencies and models of operation.

Innovation Cooperation between Finland and Russia – Commercialization of Russian InnovationsObjectives: To build a systematically functioning system for gathering and commercializing Russian innovations, to offer Russian innovators/innovative organizations new possibilities and tools for utilizing their ideas and inventions commercially, to establish in Finland new companies whose business is based on Russian innovations and to support the growth of Finnish companies by offering them possibilities for new business development by utilizing Russian innovations.

Reform of the local self-governance in St. PetersburgThe project supports development of local municipal government in St. Petersburg towards democracy and efficiency. Furthermore, prerequisites for more trustworthy and predictable working methods of the authorities and civic oriented government development will be developed. The project aims to develop and promote municipal government in St. Petersburg with two themes: 1) Strengthening the prerequisites for municipal development and management and 2) Local, civic-oriented municipal services.

Implementing Web-based Teaching Methods and Practices for Distance

Learning in a Finnish–Russian Intercultural Masters' ProgrammeThe overall objective of this project is to progress the productisation of webbased distance learning that is based on a pedagogic model for distant teaching in international, in particular Finnish – Russian masters' and doctoral degrees.

Friedrich-Naumann Foundation

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom fosters the establishment of democratic structures by promoting liberal political parties and groups. A close network of political parties, citizens' initiatives, human rights organisations, think tanks and scientific institutions forms the basis of the Foundation's activities.

Russia is not only the world largest country in terms of area, but also a key player in global politics. For two decades it has been going through a controversial transformation process which is not over yet.

Thus, in its work, the Foundation, which has been working here since 1992, has been faced with important challenges and, at the same time, with many opportunities. The need for reforms in Russia remains immense. Despite the dynamic development which the country experienced in many areas, in others there is still a lot to be done. Here, our job is to promote the fundamental values of liberalism.

Together with our partners, we organize events for the promotiion of the supremacy of the rule of law, for the strengthening of civil society and the shaping of a liberal economic order. Therefire, we work with an economic think-tank to raise the awareness of the general public in Russia towards establishing private property and free competition as the foundations for economic growth and prosperity. The project of the Liberal Clubs, which were organized in various regions of Russia with local partners, has a long tradition. It provides an opportunity for free discussion of spontaneously occurring political and social topics.

This means that our Foundation does not view itself as a "teacher", but as a facilitator for exchanging experience and finding partners in an open dialogue of political issues. This dialogue is very important because relations between Russia and Germany are crucial for the future of both partners. Therefore, various Foundation programs give civil society activists, journalists and scientists the opportunity to draw a picture of the German state and society first hand.

Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women's rights by making grants that support and strengthen women's groups around the world. We mobilize and redistribute resources that enable women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. We bring grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women's action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide.

The Global Fund for Women envisions a just, compassionate and equitable world in which all people, regardless of their gender, class, age, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation or physical ability may live free of poverty, violence, and all forms of discrimination. Each person and all peoples are guaranteed their fundamental human rights – civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. Women everywhere have a voice, have choices, and are able to realize their full potential within their societies.

The Global Fund for Women was founded by three ordinary but bold women from Palo Alto, California who dreamed of creating a different way to connect people and ideas around the globe: Anne Firth Murray , Founding President, Frances Kissling and Laura Lederer .

They were convinced that women's human rights and dignity were essential to the advancement of global agendas for social, economic, and political change. They believed that by putting resources into the hands of grassroots women leaders, women would change the world. Frustrated by traditional philanthropy's lack of interest in funding women's groups and human rights, these three women founded the Global Fund for Women—and made the first contributions.

By funding and linking grantees, donors, activists, and policymakers, we can proudly claim to have fostered a truly global network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice.

The Global Fund has been a catalyst in the global women's rights movement since 1987 by mobilizing nearly $85 million from 20,000+ diverse individuals and institutions and in turn, providing grants to 4200 groups in 171 countries. In 2010 alone, our efforts reached 125,000 women and girls and benefited thousands more.

Promoting women's economic security, health, education and leadership

Economic and Business Development

Economical Independence of Women

Institute of International Education Programs in the Newly Independent States

http://www.iie.org/

Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is a private nonprofit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities and offers support to scholars in danger.

Mission

  • Promoting closer educational relations between the people of the United States and those of other countries.
  • Strengthening and linking institutions of higher learning globally.
  • Rescuing threatened scholars and advancing academic freedom.
  • Building leadership skills and enhancing the capacity of individuals and organizations to address local and global challenges.

IIE's Moscow office was established in 1993 to support energy training programs funded by the U.S. government. IIE's presence in Russia was expanded and strengthened in 1994 with work for student advising and corporate programming, and again in 2000 when the office began administration of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. IIE/Russia plays a critical role in administrative support for the Fulbright program and administering travel and study grants for the Ford Foundation Global Travel and Learning Fund Program.

Fulbright Program in Russia

Fulbright grants are awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities including: university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in secondary schools.

By sponsoring and supporting the Fulbright program of worldwide academic, scientific, and cultural exchanges, the State Department of the United States helps fulfill the dream of the program's founder, Senator J. William Fulbright: The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.

Fulbright Graduate Students Program. The program is for graduate students; grants include studies in master's programs (up to 2 years of study) or post-graduate study (1 academic year) in the USA. Applicants should be under 30.

Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP). This program is for faculty, and for staff of museums and libraries. It lasts 1 academic year. Applicants should be under 40.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. This program is for scholars who have PhD degree in Russia or higher academic level (doctorate and over). No age limitations. Grants last from 3 to 9 months.

Russia International Education Administrators (RIEA).This program is especially for International departments staff and information materials are being sent directly to these departments.

Foreign Language Teacher Assistant FLTA. The program is for current English teachers or for students who are graduating in the current year from universities with a diploma in teaching English. Applicants should be under 29.

Promote International Development

The Institute partners with governments, international development agencies, foundations, universities and corporations, leveraging its international networks to collaborate on sustainable solutions for long-term development. IIE is committed to working with local communities in developing countries to advance education and economic development through training and scholarship initiatives, to prepare emerging leaders in the public and private sector with workforce development skills and leadership training, and to build the capacity of NGOs and civil society organizations to achieve their goals, advancing economic and social development in their communities.

The Europe and Eurasia Program, also known as CEELI, was founded in 1990 as the ABA's first international technical legal assistance program. Today, the ABA has programs in nearly 20 countries in the region. These furnish technical assistance on a wide range of issues essential for further consolidation of the rule of law, including: judicial independence and effective judicial ethics regimes; adjudicating war crimes cases and increasing application of human rights norms; increasing access to justice; reforming legislation and legal institutions in countries striving for European Union accession; reforming law schools to better prepare tomorrow's legal professionals; combating corruption by adopting public integrity measures; building a "rule of law culture" by educating the public about legal rights and responsibilities; and revising procedural and substantive criminal codes to attack trafficking, money laundering, cybercrime, and other domestic and transnational crimes. Increasingly, the Europe and Eurasia program (CEELI) is working to establish "legacy" organizations that can continue to support reform after the ABA Rule of Law Initiative departs a country, as well as focusing on cementing relationships with in-country reformers with whom it can remain in contact and support after its offices close.

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) promotes access to justice and human rights through a variety of technical assistance programs and publications. Our programs help empower legal professionals and other stakeholders to access justice systems and to assert citizens' rights. ABA ROLI programs also increase awareness of international human rights standards, while encouraging accountability for human rights violations. ABA ROLI assesses access to justice and human rights legislation vis-à-vis the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and publishes reports.

Our access to justice and human rights programming has two major aspects: promoting access to justice and protecting human rights.

Promoting access to justice. The absence of effective bar associations, along with the lack of financial support and political will on the part of governments, contributes to environments which deny significant portions of the public equal access to legal advice or to the legal system. In response to these problems, ABA ROLI implements programs that strengthen local non-governmental organizations' capacity to provide legal assistance. Additionally, ABA ROLI facilitates impact litigation, sponsors traveling lawyer programs, supports civil and criminal legal aid programs and pro bono assistance, and advocates for laws that commit states to providing such services.

Protecting human rights. The protection of human rights is a critical element in both the establishment of rule of law and the development of stable democracies. Thus, ABA ROLI establishes legal support networks for human rights workers and publicizes human rights campaigns. By training legal professionals, government officials and students, ABA ROLI strives to create a cadre of local professionals who can uphold internationally recognized human rights principles. ABA ROLI also works to create and strengthen local human rights non-governmental organizations and to develop legal norms that are protective of the rights of individuals.

The goal of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative's (ABA ROLI's) anti-corruption and public integrity work is to contribute to host countries' efforts to develop legal frameworks, institutions and capacity to prevent and sanction corruption, to encourage public integrity, and to foster accountability, transparency and public participation. ABA ROLI works with local counterparts to reform laws, to train prosecutors and judges, and to strengthen government bodies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to combat corruption and increase accountability. ABA ROLI assists governments and NGOs with developing, publicizing and refining their national anti-corruption strategies and action plans.

Our anti-corruption and public integrity work emphasizes the following five areas:

  1. Ethics and accountability
    Ethics codes help enforce strict standards for conduct and service delivery in the public sector. ABA ROLI has supported the drafting and enforcement of ethics codes for judges, lawyers, prosecutors and public officials. We provide judicial training, develop ethics curricula and offer assistance that facilitates judicial accountability. We also help develop legal ethics curricula for law students.
  2. Legislation
    Comprehensive anti-corruption legislation advances the rule of law and combats corruption. ABA ROLI helps national governments and NGOs assess and draft anti-corruption legislation and create appropriate bodies and practical mechanisms to implement anti-corruption efforts. We also support the drafting, monitoring, enforcement and public education of freedom of information laws.
  3. Anti-corruption strategies
    International cooperation is essential for combating trans-boundary corruption, for promoting national and regional cooperation and for sharing best practices. ABA ROLI supports multilateral cooperation through resource centers, advisory boards, peer reviews and capacity-building workshops. We also assist governments and NGOs with their anti-corruption strategies and action plans.
  4. Education and awareness
    ABA ROLI provides anti-corruption trainings, seminars and conferences in response to host government needs. As markets and financial sectors become more open, emerging democracies can be sources of and targets for money laundering, drug and arms smuggling, human trafficking and terrorism-related activity. ABA ROLI monitors these trends to develop effective training and programming to address corruption. Civil society groups now demand greater government accountability and transparency, and we strive to raise awareness through communications, civic education and advocacy.
  5. Assessments and analyses
    The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is the central international framework in combating corruption. We have evaluated countries' compliance with UNCAC, provided technical assistance to help synthesize domestic legislation with the convention and encouraged its ratification by non-signatory governments. ABA ROLI has also conducted in-depth analyses of anti-corruption legislation and policy to promote transparency and public integrity.

Judicial reform plays a central role in rule of law promotion efforts. To address the core challenges underlying judicial reform, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative has committed resources to building advanced analytic and training capacity. The ABA Rule of Law Initiative has capitalized on its 17 years of experience to develop its state of the art assessment tool, the Judicial Reform Index. The ABA Rule of Law Initiative programmatic assistance includes establishing legal frameworks for judicial independence, building judicial associations, promoting education and training of judges, strengthening court administration, improving judicial ethics and accountability, and increasing public outreach and media skills.

Through our Legal Education Reform and Civic Education programs, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) works to improve both legal education within formal university settings and to broaden the public's understanding of the law's role in the lives of individual citizens. The program's primary objective is to improve the quality of legal and judicial education for students, professors and practitioners alike.

Currently, ABA ROLI concentrates its legal education reform efforts in the following areas:

Practice-based teaching methodologies         

Over the last two decades, ABA ROLI has been among the world's leading promoters of practice-based legal education and has experienced considerable success in this endeavor. ABA ROLI supports clinical legal education by establishing legal clinics within higher education institutions around the globe. We also encourage the adoption of other practice-based teaching methodologies, including mock trials, client counseling competitions and other skill-building activities.

Public education

ABA ROLI seeks to create a more robust rule of law culture by educating citizens about their rights under domestic and international laws. Our public education program is premised on the notion that, to avail themselves of legal services, citizens must know their rights and how to enforce them. Through our public outreach campaigns, we seek to increase citizen awareness on a variety of legal issues. Primarily, we focus our efforts on sponsoring civic education programs, developing public service announcements and distributing know-your-right brochures to the general public.

Law school curriculum reform

In many parts of the world, the next generation of judges, prosecutors and lawyers are being shaped by a legal education system that is in dire need of reform. ABA ROLI subscribes to the belief that changing the mindset of future legal professionals is one of the surest ways to usher in legal reforms. Our work with universities includes recommending curriculum improvements, developing courses and assisting with the integration of practical skills training into legal education.

Institutional support for legal education bodies

ABA ROLI is committed to providing institutional capacity-building assistance to promote long-term stability. Our efforts to improve the quality of legal education and to engage law students and professors include developing teaching materials, introducing interactive teaching methodologies and devising accreditation standards for higher education institutions. In addition to partnering with universities, ABA ROLI publishes and releases in-depth educational assessments, which employ rigorous analysis to comprehensively evaluate legal education in a given country.

By providing technical assistance on trial advocacy skills, law practice management and substantive areas of the law, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) works to enhance the professionalism and expertise of lawyers in host countries. Through its Legal Profession Reform Index, ABA ROLI helps countries assess their legal profession reform efforts. ABA ROLI also helps legal professional associations, including special interest bar associations, develop into sustainable organizations, which can train their members while advocating on their behalf.

Our legal profession reform work emphasizes the following areas:

Bar association development:

ABA ROLI works to develop effective and sustainable bar associations capable of providing a core set of services that are crucial to the advancement of the legal profession. We have supported the establishment of national bar associations, providing them with long-term institutional support, including in developing ethics codes and disciplinary procedures. We have also supported the development and administrations of bar examinations.

Substantive legal training:

To address the widespread lack of resources and opportunities for continuing legal education, ABA ROLI provides training and technical expertise on trial advocacy skills, law practice management and court procedures. Trainings also address legal ethics standards, alternative dispute resolution, civil and criminal procedure code reforms, property and housing law and international human rights. These programs strengthen the practical skills of legal professionals while increasing their substantive knowledge of the law.

Assessments:

In order to fine tune its legal profession reform programs to the needs of participating countries, ABA ROLI strives to understand the status of legal professionals and the environment in which they are expected to develop and practice. ABA ROLI accomplishes this by implementing the Legal Profession Reform Index (LPRI) to assess the strengths and weaknesses that may exist within the legal profession in a particular host country. Since its inception, ABA ROLI has conducted LPRI assessments in 14 countries, and provided follow-up assessments in six of those countries.

IREX International Research & Exchanges Board

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally.

We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, gender, and youth.

Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $60 million and a staff of over 500 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.

We believe strongly in a world where every person can play an essential role in the pursuit of life's best ambitions.

MISSION

IREX promotes positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, gender and youth.

With more than 40 years of experience, IREX is guided by our enduring values and is committed to organizational excellence, measurable impact and thought leadership. We employ field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners.

Business for Russia – a 5 week free of charge study course in the US for entrepreneurs in different fields of small business.

IRIS Center at the University of Maryland/USAID

IRIS is a research and advisory center located in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

In partnership with scholars, international donors, and reformers, IRIS designs and supports reform efforts, improves the delivery of foreign assistance, and promotes knowledge sharing. IRIS is widely recognized as

  • A pre-eminent policy research institute on institutional reform and economic development
  • An implementer of innovative reform projects in the field
  • A source of strategic thinking and insight on development issues

IRIS was among the first to show that market-augmenting institutions — such as property rights and contract enforcement — are key to development and are more secure when they are embedded in democratic governance structures. Understanding how these institutions evolve and applying these insights to specific problems forms the work of IRIS's home office and field teams.

IRIS seeks to generate new knowledge and insights through all of our activities. We publish books, articles, working papers, and country reports, and conduct training sessions and briefings at USAID and other development and economic institutions around the world. Some IRIS staff also teach and advise in their academic departments, as faculty members of the University of Maryland.

IRIS & the University of Maryland

The IRIS Center is a non-profit organization administered by University Research Corporation International (URCI), a wholly owned, non-stock, non-profit corporation created in 1991 to serve the educational and scientific purposes of the University, specifically including governance of the IRIS Center.

Strengthening Economic Think Tanks in Russia

www.mpsf.org/eng-eco.html

IRIS is working with the Moscow Public Science Foundation (MPSF) to develop Russian institutional capacity in economics, as well as other social sciences and humanities, through grants to institutions and to individual policy analysts.
Competitively selected Russian economic think tanks and freelance consultants are provided extensive support, including

  • Collaboration with senior experts from Russia and the West
  • Internships at Washington-area think tanks
  • Infrastructure development

The program is designed to enhance trainees' professional skills in several areas:

  • Identifying key policy issues, priorities, and problems
  • Preparing analytical materials using current tools and techniques
  • Communicating with policy makers, opinion leaders and other audiences

The project supports policy analysis in a range of substantive areas, including macroeconomic stabilization, institutional change in transition economies, restructuring the banking sector, public finance, social policies and the labor market, small business development and the informal sector, regional economic development, enterprise restructuring, and investment and corporate control.

Donor: U.S. Agency for International Development

Dates: August 1999 - October 2009

Helping Russia's Agriculture Sector Transition to a Market Economy

As part of USAID's consortium, Broadening Access and Strengthening Input Market Systems Collaborative Research Support Program (BASIS CRSP), IRIS is implementing a project to strengthen the Russian agriculture sector and its potential contribution to economic development.
Serious dissatisfaction arises from rural poverty and the exclusion of farm workers from the benefits of the market economy in Russia, dissatisfaction which in turn creates sentiment favoring a return to the old system. Observers have noted a strong link between poverty, poor development of markets, and political stagnation or regression.
BASIS CRSP conducts and disseminates collaborative, policy-oriented research to improve rural prosperity by making markets work for all. IRIS is helping establish a conceptual framework for further research on emerging markets in Russia, to be implemented under BASIS.

Donor: U.S. Agency for International Development

Dates: September 2001 - March 2005

MacArthur Foundation – John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights , advance global conservation and security , make cities better places , and understand how technology is affecting children and society .

The Foundation makes grants and loans through four programs.

International Programs focus on international issues, including human rights and international justice, peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, higher education in Nigeria and Russia, migration and human mobility, and population and reproductive health. MacArthur grantees work in about 60 countries; the Foundation has offices in India, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia.

U.S. Programs address issues in the United States, including community and economic development; housing, with a focus on the preservation of affordable rental housing; juvenile justice reform; education, with an emerging interest in digital media and learning; and policy research and analysis.

Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives support public interest media, including public radio, documentary programming, and work to explore the use of digital technologies to reach and engage the public. Grants are also made to arts and cultural institutions in the Chicago area and for special initiatives.

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards five-year, unrestricted fellowships to individuals across all ages and fields who show exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work. It is limited to U.S. citizens and residents.

The International Programs focus on international issues, including:

The Foundation currently makes two types of grants in the Russian Federation: grants for universities and scholarly infrastructure, and for human rights.

Academic Educational Forum on International Relations (Moscow, Russia) to support an alumni conference and evaluation of the Forum's training programs and to support development of a new generation of international relations expertise in Russia and the CIS.

Analytical Center of Juri Levada (Saratov, Russia) in support of the project, Monitoring of Social and Economic Transformations in Russia.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (Moscow, Russia) to support research on the middle class in Russia.

Center for Independent Social Research and Education (Irkutsk, Russia) to support a research project on the societal role of universities in provincial Russia.

Higher School of Economics Centre for Labour Market Studies (Moscow, Russia) to support the Labor Market Informality in Russia: An Economic-Sociological Perspective project.

All Russian Public Movement for Human Rights (Moscow, Russia) to support research on human rights abuses in child care facilities and the federal penitentiary system.

Association of Groups for Public Investigations (Kazan, Russia) to promote human rights protection in the Russian Federation.

Center for the Support of Democratic Youth Initiatives (Perm, Russia) to promote the rights of young men of conscript age.

Committee for Civil Rights (Moscow, Russia) in support of a project to promote accountability of law enforcement agencies in the Russian Federation.

Glasnost Defense Foundation (Moscow, Russia) to monitor violations of mass media rights in the Russian Federation.

Human Rights Resource Center (St Petersburg, Russia) to provide legal support to Russian NGOs and promote the professional growth of these organizations.

Interregional Foundation "Association of Ombudsmen" (Dmitrov, Russia) $100,000 to develop and disseminate a database for use by Russia's human rights ombuds institutions.

Mott Foundation – Charles Stuart Mott Foundation

http://www.mott.org/

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a private, grantmaking foundation based in Flint, Michigan. The Foundation funds in four program areas: Civil Society , Environment , Flint Area , and Pathways Out of Poverty .

The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, funds nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. The grants help develop and strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector , including the development of community foundations and other types of grantmaking foundations.

Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Provide ICT Support to NGOs in CEE/Russia – The project goal is to strengthen the capacity of nongovernmental organizations in the Central and Eastern Europe and Russia region to access modern information and communication technologies and use them effectively to increase the impact of their work.

Community Foundation Development in CEE/Russia

Building Capacity for Social Development in CEE/Russia – This grant will support efforts to build the social development capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Central/Eastern Europe (CEE).

Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs – MATRA Programme

The Matra Social Transformation Programme has made an active contribution to promoting security, cooperation and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and selected countries neighbouring the European Union (EU). Since 1994, the Dutch government has used Matra to encourage social regeneration in countries throughout the region.

The Matra Programme has twelve qualifying themes:

Legislation and law

Public administration/public order/police

Human rights/minorities

Environment

Biodiversity

Housing

Information and the media

Culture

Welfare

Health care

Labour and social policy

Education (related to at least one of the above themes)

Federalism and Regional Legislative Assemblies in the Russian FederationThe project goal is to assist the Russian regional legislators to develop professional knowledge and skills that improve their effectiveness in fulfilling their responsibilities as elected representatives and law-makers, with particular emphasis on building professional skills among regional parliamentarians, reinforcing the legislative role of the regional assemblies, strengthening relations between regional legislative assemblies and the executive branch, promoting transparency and accountability, and exposing the regional law-makers to the cumulative experience of older, more established parliamentary democracies by providing them with an opportunity to hear first-hand how parliamentarians in other democracies function.

Strengthening the potential of the Ombudsman Institute and the Commission for Human Rights: boosting the struggle against racism and discrimination in the Russian Federation – The overall objective of the project is to counter discrimination of ethnic and other minorities in the Russian Federation. In order to contribute to this objective the potential of the Ombudsman Institute and the Commission for Human Rights will be reinforced.

Strengthening the Legislative Framework of Russia (Civil Law Harmonisation and Administrative Procedure Law at the Arbitrazh Courts in Russia) – This project is based on a long term Dutch-Russian cooperation to support the development and the implementation of the Russian Civil Code. As a result of this cooperation excellent relations were established between those Dutch lawyers who were responsible for the development of the new Dutch Civil Code and their esteemed colleagues of the Russian working group on civil law. This new cooperation program focuses on civil law (1), namely corporate law, the law on goods and the law on obligations, and in addition on administrative procedural law (2) in cases heard by the arbitration courts.

Improving access to legal assistance for Russian citizens – The overall objective of this project is an improved access to legal assistance for Russian citizens. As an intermediate result this project also aims to raise the degree of confidence of the population in the professional abilities of the regulated legal profession and the confidence in the legal aid structures as elements of available and effective justice.

Demand for Legal Services: Study and Assessment – The main objective of the project is to help Russian stakeholders to improve existing legal mechanisms of raising public awareness and rendering legal aid through measuring the rule of law and access to justice level.

Participation of public organizations in the non-state system of free legal aid to needy citizens: intersectoral collaboration in improving the legislation to address social problems in Russian society – Monitoring changes in federal and regional legislation on NGOs in order to improve the mechanisms of interaction between state authorities and socially oriented NGOs involved in non-state system of legal aid.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

"The Bradley brothers were committed to preserving and defending the tradition of free representative government and private enterprise that has enabled the American nation and, in a larger sense, the entire Western world to flourish intellectually and economically. The Bradleys believed that the good society is a free society. The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is likewise devoted to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles, and values that sustain and nurture it. Its programs support limited, competent government; a dynamic marketplace for economic, intellectual, and cultural activity; and a vigorous defense, at home and abroad, of American ideas and institutions. In addition, recognizing that responsible self-government depends on enlightened citizens and informed public opinion, the Foundation supports scholarly studies and academic achievement."

Projects likely to be supported by the Foundation will generally share these assumptions:

- They will treat free men and women as genuinely self-governing, personally responsible citizens, not as victims or clients.
- They will aim to restore the intellectual and cultural legitimacy of citizenly common sense, the received wisdom of experience, everyday morality, and personal character, refurbishing their roles as reliable guideposts of everyday life.
- They will seek to reinvigorate and reempower the traditional, local institutions -- families, schools, churches, and neighborhoods -- that provide training in and room for the exercise of genuine citizenship, that pass on everyday morality to the next generation, and that cultivate personal character.
- They will encourage decentralization of power and accountability away from centralized, bureaucratic, national institutions back to the states, localities, and revitalized mediating structures where citizenship is more fully realized.

In addition to these thematic considerations, eligible projects will exhibit these features:

-They may address any arena of public life -- economics, politics, culture, or civil society -- where citizenship as here understood is an important issue. It is important to note that our view of citizenship is not primarily concerned with promoting civics education, voter awareness or turnout, or similar activities narrowly focused on voting and elections.
- They may address the problem of citizenship at home or abroad, where the fall of many (and the perpetuation of some) totalitarian regimes has made this issue particularly urgent.
- In light of our emphasis on decentralization, and considering the Foundation's deep roots in Milwaukee and Wisconsin -- areas with proud traditions of innovation and experimentation in democratic citizenship -- community and state projects will be of particular interest to us. Such projects will aim to improve the life of the community through increasing cultural and educational opportunities, grassroots economic development, and effective and humane social and health services, reflecting where possible the Foundation's focus on the resuscitation of citizenship.
- Projects may be actual demonstrations of the resuscitation of citizenship in the economic, political, cultural, or social realms; policy research and writing about approaches encouraging that resuscitation; academic research and writing that explore the intellectual roots of citizenship, its decline, and prospects for revival; and popular writing and media projects that illustrate for a broader public audience the themes of citizenship.

Much of the creative and energetic leadership essential for a renewal of citizenship will be supplied by gifted individuals, who must receive challenging and stimulating programs and instruction at all levels of their education. The Foundation supports programs that research the needs of gifted children and techniques of providing education for students with superior skills and/or intelligence. Research programs investigating how learning occurs in gifted children and demonstration programs of instruction are to be considered.

The Pendill Fund

The Pendill Fund seeks to enhance the lives of disadvantaged children and youth in Russia through grassroots programs to develop their spirit, mind and body.

The mission of PF is to help change the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk children for the better, by focusing on improving their health, education, and prospects for leading a normal life as adults. These goals are achieved through the direct funding of surgeries and prosthetic devices, as well as grass roots programs in Moscow and outlying regions.

Joint Program with the Albrecht Institute/Hospital in St.Petersburg and Tufts University Medical SchoolThis program helps disabled orphans to get the best possible medical help and a chance to overcome disabilities and illnesses

Individual Support of Disabled and Orphaned Children and Teens. – This program is aimed at assisting individual children and teens by helping them financially. This can range from paying for their prosthetic devices, surgery and other needed medical treatment as well as covering some other expenses which help them get on their feet.

Secondary, Vocational and Higher Education for Disabled Children and TeensThis program is targeted to help disabled and orphaned teens obtain secondary and higher education which will allow them to provide for himself or herself.

Support of Grass Roots Organizations and Joint Projects for the Improvement of the Life of Orphans and Disabled Children and YouthPF supports smaller grass roots organizations which share PF's values and are working to improve the lives of orphans and disabled children.

Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) began working in the Russian Federation in 1991. The overall objectives are to help strengthen Russian democracy and promote respect for human rights and the principles of the constitutional state. Areas of focus have included economic development, business enterprise training, poverty reduction, health care promotion, environmental protection and sewage treatment, social development, juvenile crime, gender equality, administrative reform, human rights, and democratic development.

Projects are underway in the following fields:

  • Measures to combat HIV/AIDS
  • Social reforms
  • Human rights in Chechnya
  • Reconstruction in Northern Caucasus
  • Support to civil society
  • Taking into account the fast pace of economic and social development in the Russian Federation, the Swedish International Development Agency has decided to phase out its work, and complete most of its assistance activities by 2010.
  • The lack of respect for human rights and principles of law is a major problem in Russia. Through SIDA support, they have contributed to efforts that mainly focus on the northern Caucasus region, because of the difficult situation there. Contributions will continue in this region even after the planned phase out of contributions by 2010.
  • Some support has been given to Russian non-governmental organizations, while other support has been channelled through Swedish organizations such as the Swedish Helsinki Committee and the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS). For example, SIDA have contributed to efforts providing support for victims of abductions, torture and arbitrary detentions, or support for legal aid and legal advice.
  • Through SIDA support, Russian journalists have been trained through the Institute for Further Education of Journalists (Fojo) in Kalmar, Sweden, which has been of great importance to a large number of Russian journalists working in a difficult media climate.
  • A philosophical discussion in Elena Nemirovskaya's kitchen 17 years ago was the catalyst for the Moscow School of Political Studies, an independent institution with more than 11,000 members that Nemirovskaya founded. It aims to contribute towards the development of a democratic society that will modernize Russia. The Moscow School of Political Studies invites deep intellectual discussion about democracy and different forms of society. Here, young people can share their views and perspectives on the current political situation in the world. The school now has five full-time employees in Moscow and the network contains about 11,000 members. Young people in Eastern European countries can apply to join the school and receive training, which includes seminars, roundtable conferences and trips. Sida has provided the school with a total of SEK 15 million since 1997. In late 2008, Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt, announced that the Swedish government wanted to continue to support its operations. Most of the support to Russia has ended, but funds remain for efforts working towards greater democracy because these have been prioritized in Sweden's development co-operation with Russia.

Some more results of the cooperation:

  • Further training and expansion of the general practitioner system in Kaliningrad and Vologda, and medical advice centres;
  • Within the area of sexual and reproductive health, Stockholm County Council has helped set up 18 youth clinics in Saint Petersburg to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually-transmitted illnesses including HIV/Aids;
  • Contributions to combat HIV/Aids together with the UN programme UNAIDS have influenced the creation of a national Russian Aids policy. A national Aids commission was introduced in 2006.
  • The main activity in the area of rule of law and justice has been the judicial reform programme, carried out by the Swedish National Courts Administration (under the Swedish Ministry of Justice) in partnership with the Judicial Department under the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP is the United Nations' global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

The programme focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:

UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all its activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) began working through its Country Office in Moscow in 1997, building on a Framework Agreement signed in 1993. It now now also has a presence in Vladikavkaz and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Human Security for Individuals and Communities in Chernobyl-Affected Areas through Local Information Provision (International Chernobyl Research and Information Network - ICRIN) – The overall goal of the project is to empower and build developmental capacity of individuals and communities affected by the Chernobyl accident by providing them with the health, socio-economic, environmental and radiological safety information they require in order to make well-informed decisions about their future, increase human security levels of their settlements and to contribute to the long-term sustainable development and prosperity of their homelands.

Mainstreaming Human Development in Russia – The purpose of the project is to contribute to mainstreaming the Human Development concept in Russia and CIS, and also implementation of the concept's principles at various levels of decision-making process. Use of the concept's fundamentals in developing society development priorities will enable improvement of conditions to provide "long, healthy and productive human living". The project provides for foundation of a Human Development Centre, which is to combine human development experience, accumulated in Russia, and to become a coordinating agency for human development in CIS countries.

Engaging Russian Business in Global Compact Driven Sustainable Development – The Project aims for the development and implementation of sustainable social and economic development projects jointly by the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Russia and by Russian and multinational companies, who are either currently participating, or are intending to join UN Global Compact Network.

Standards and Labels for Promoting Energy Efficiency in Russia. FSP – This full-size UNDP/GEF project aims to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in the Russian Federation through the facilitation of wide-scale market transformation towards energy efficient technical building equipment and household appliances. In the scale of Russia this very ambitious target will be approached through a phased introduction of energy efficiency standards and labeling.

Strengthening the Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Russia - Objective of the full-sized project is to facilitate expansion of the national system of marine and coastal protected areas and improve its management effectiveness.

Support to HIV and AIDS Prevention and Palliative Care Initiatives of Faith-Based Organizations in the Russian Federation – This project aims to contribute to decrease in HIV and AIDS incidence in the Russian Federation and mitigate the impact of the epidemic on the population by strengthening the capacity of Russian Orthodox Church and other confessions significantly present in Russia, in preventing the spread of the epidemic, reducing stigma and discrimination, and providing care and support to people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) and other affected population groups.

Facilitating Interactions between Civil Society and State Governance through the Russian Academy of Public Service – The objective is to promote transparency and integrity of public administration through involving civil society in 1) fostering the responsive provision of government services, and 2) expanding expertise concerning effective governance, gender mainstreaming, and results based budgeting.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the leading agency of the U.S. Government for providing development aid and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries around the world. USAID has been working in Russia since 1992, supporting Russian and international organizations in the areas of economic growth, social services, protecting human rights, health promotion, civil society development, support for the Rule of Law, administrative reform, strengthening local governance, fighting corruption, building independent media, and mitigating conflict.

In the area of Rule of Law, the following subjects have featured prominently:

  • Increasing Access to Justice through legal clinics and strengthening the Bar Association
  • Court reforms aimed at increasing the efficiency and transparency of the judicial system, and improving court operations and case management
  • Raising the professional skills of Judges and court personnel
  • Developing the skills of the legal profession, including Advocates and Lawyers
  • Administrative and institutional reforms that promote democratic governance
  • Increasing citizen participation in governance, including most recently NGO involvement in legislative drafting through events organised by the Agency for Social Information and the International Centre for not-for-profit Law (in cooperation with the Ministry for Economic Development)
  • Facilitating exchanges of experience between Russian and American judicial institutions and legal professionals
  • Training for NGOs, including most recently advocacy training in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk to increase fundraising and strategic planning skills (provided by Management Systems International under the USAID-funded "Our Rights" project)

Russian American Rule of Law Consortium – The Russian American Rule of Law Consortium (RAROLC) is a group of legal communities working together to develop legal institutions and the rule of law in both the United States and Russia. Each community is comprised of volunteer legal professionals from an American state who have partnered with professionals from a Russian region. RAROLC improves the capacity of local Russian legal institutions to implement reform. The organization has been instrumental in the development of bar associations and judicial and lawyer education programs. It has provided effective training in the use of technology, initiated the adoption of alternative dispute resolution methods, and has trained legal professionals to implement reforms effectively and to bring justice to citizens.

Russian American Judicial Partnership – This project aims to strengthen the Russian judiciary's independence, self-government, and court administration and establish clearer judicial ethical standards and enforcement methods.

Centre for Social and Labor Rights – The Centre for Social and Labour Rights is a Non-Governmental Organisation founded in 1999. It is dedicated to protecting the rights of workers and providing information and social services concerning legal aspects of a wide range of employment and social issues. The Centre carries out studies, engages in advocacy, and serves as a focal point for information and networking activities.

I've Got Rights: Mainstreaming Human, Social and Civil Rights – This project aims to increase the knowledge of Russian citizens about their human, social and civil rights, and to create conditions that enable them to effectively protect those rights.

Strengthening the All-Russia Human Rights Network – This project supports the monitoring and protection of human rights by increasing the public advocacy capacity of Russian NGOs and strengthening regional human rights coalitions and legal clinic networks.

Women in the Labor Market – This project aims to empower women by increasing awareness on women's socio-economic rights and promoting women's participation in public activities to defend labor rights.

Development of the Legal ProfessionThis project provides Russian legal professionals with the skills, access to information and infrastructure necessary for them to function independently and effectively, and encourages reform within the legal system of the Russian Federation.

Rule of Law Partnership ProjectThis project provides training to judges, lawyers and legal organizations to improve their professional capacity and strengthens partnerships between Russian and American judicial bodies.

Developing Tools for the Russian Microfinance SectorThis project supports the development of an all-inclusive financial system in Russia that better provides financial services to start-up businesses, microfinance organizations, and low income population groups, with a special focus on the North Caucasus.

Improved Local Governance and Economic Development: Transition to Smart GrowthThis project helps local governments, federal and regional authorities, NGOs and business communities make a democratic transition to a more open and accountable society.

Intergovernmental Fiscal ReformThis project provides technical assistance to federal, regional, and local authorities on inter-governmental fiscal and budget reform issues.

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Policy Advocacy ProgramThis project strengthens the capacity of regional business associations to advocate for improvements in policies affecting small and medium-sized enterprises in the Russian Federation.

United States Department of Justice - Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT)

The United States Department of Justice's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) began operations in the Russian Federation in 1995. It focuses on programmes which support reform of the criminal justice system in Russia and increase the level and quality of U. S. – Russian law enforcement cooperation. The DOJ programme is funded through the Freedom Support Act, and its work is closely coordinated with the Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. OPDAT activities are integrated into the Law Enforcement Section of the U. S. Embassy. The key counterpart in the Russian Federation is the Procuracy.

The main objective is training prosecutors and other law enforcement personnel on both sides of the Atlantic to work more effectively on matters on common interest. Future programs are likely to be expanded to include even greater emphasis on providing Russia's criminal justice practitioners with skills necessary to help them adapt to the sweeping changes currently underway.

  • Provided training on criminal procedure reforms, organised crime, public corruption, money laundering, terrorism financing, complex financial crimes, narcotics, human trafficking, and the protection of intellectual property rights
  • Facilitated cooperation in international law enforcement, relying upon the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and direct exchanges
  • Supported drafting, implementation, and amendment of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation (2001-2006)
  • Organised study tours to the United States for Russian Members of Parliament, Judges, Prosecutors, police, NGO representatives, and academic experts
  • Worked with the Human Rights Ombudsperson to establish referral mechanisms for fighting human trafficking
  • Organised joint programmes for Prosecutors and civil society representatives relating to the representation of victims in court proceedings.
  • Supported civic NGOs in their efforts to support full-scale jury trials in Russia (Leonid Nikitinsky's Jurors' Club)

USDTA

USTDA is an independent U.S. Government foreign assistance agency that is funded by the U.S. Congress.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

USTDA provides grant funding to overseas project sponsors for the planning of projects that support the development of modern infrastructure and an open trading system. The hallmark of USTDA development assistance has always involved  building partnerships between U.S. companies and overseas project sponsors to bring proven private sector solutions to developmental challenges.

Russia Construction Equipment USTDA provided a $120,000 grant to partially fund a study on a construction equipment leasing joint venture. Hoffman International of Piscataway, NJ, conducted the study. As a result of the study and a related visit by Russian officials to the United States, Hoffman and its Russian partner have established the joint venture, and U.S. companies have sold over $10 million in highway construction equipment.

The World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Its mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

The World Bank provides low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management.

Legal Reform ProjectOverall project objective is to improve the performance of the Russian legal system in areas key to the effective functioning of market institutions.

Judicial Reform Support ProjectThe objective of the Project is to assist the Borrower to strengthen judicial transparency and efficiency of selected courts through the implementation of information systems and judicial training.

Strengthening Access to Justice for the PoorThe objective of the Project is to make the justice system more accessible and accountable to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable social groups in the Participating Regions.

Financial Education and Financial Literacy - The objectives of the Project are to (i) improve the financial literacy of Russian citizens (especially, among the school-age and college students, and active and potential low and middle income users of financial services) and (ii) strengthen the foundations for improving consumer protection in financial services.

Registration Project – The project development objective (PDO) of the Project will change to: (a) address the institutional changes in the responsible agency; and (b) align the PDO in the project appraisal document (PAD) with the PDO in the loan agreement (LA). The changes in the project content address: (a) the unification of the services and emphasize the cadastre-registration interaction under one agency; and (b) actions and progress since the approval of the project, particularly in: (i) regulatory changes to allow e-documents and e-archiving; and (ii) narrowing down the selection of registration software from about 50 to 2 applications.

Cadastre Development Project – The Project aims to improve the information flow and rationalize normative and operational procedures for the Unified State Cadastre of Immovable Property so as to facilitate development o f real property markets, improve the quality of services provided by the offices of the Cadastre Agency, and strengthen linkages with other organizations.

St. Petersburg Economic Development ProjectThe Project will support the city in its efforts to accelerate the implementation of key elements of the strategic plan, which was designed to enhance the city's prospects for sustainable economic growth in the medium and longer term, and allow it to more fully exploit its position as Russia's 'window to the west' in particular, by enabling St. Petersburg to take greater advantage of its unique position as one of Russia's most significant cities.

Customs Development ProjectThe development objective of the Project is to reform and modernize the Russian customs administration, with a view to: a) promote internationally acceptable practices for processing of international trade flows by customs, so as to further integrate the country into the world trading community, improve the investment climate and secure the benefits from foreign and domestic investments in the economy; and b) increase taxpayer compliance with the customs code and ensure uniformity in its application, to support macro-economic stability and increase transparency, timely transfer of collected revenues to the federal budget, and equity and predictability in customs operations.

Tax Administration Modernization ProjectThe development objective of the Project is to implement systematic reform, and modernization of the tax administration in Russia, to increase administrative efficiency, strengthen enforcement capacity, enhance skills, and improve tax legislation.

Fiscal Federalism & Regional Fiscal Reform ProjectThe objective of the Project is (a) to strengthen the system of fiscal federalism and (b) to support the regions of the Russian Federation (RF) in the development and implementation of fiscal reform programs that would promote financial transparency, budgetary accountability, and strengthen fiscal management policies and practices at the regional level. This objective reflected the Bank's decision to support an explicit strategy of the Government to tackle reform of the intergovernmental fiscal system and to provide an incentive for regions to design and implement fiscal reform programs.


Indicative List of Closed Donor Organizations / Development Agencies
Working in the Field of Economic Advancement and Rule of Law in Russia

Name of the Organization

Mission of the Organization

Examples of the Projects

Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide.

We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them.

We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society.

We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies.

Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation's grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation's goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.

Goals for more than half a century have been to:

  • Strengthen democratic values
  • Reduce poverty and injustice
  • Promote international cooperation
  • Advance human achievement

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

Human Rights, Legal Reform, Legal Education

Independent Analysis of  Economics and Social Politics

Higher Education in the field of Sociology, Politics Study, Economics and Modern History in Russia

The Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Each foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities.

Combating Discrimination in Russia: Strategies for Lawyers and NGOs

On January 27–29, 2003, the Open Society Justice Initiative convened a workshop in Moscow focused on combating discrimination in Russia. At the meeting, Russian human rights organizations and lawyers explored with experienced human rights advocates from other countries comparative strategies for challenging racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination in Europe, South Africa, and the United States, and discussed how best to address discriminatory practices in Russia.

The meeting resulted in three principal outputs:

  • The presentation and exploration by Russian human rights lawyers of the extent and nature of discrimination and the domestic legal instruments available to tackle it;
  • An overview by European and other human rights lawyers of comparative strategies to address discrimination, and consideration as to how they might be applied in Russia; and
  • The preliminary formulation of a number of projects to address discrimination in Russia.

In Russia, ethnic and racial minorities face physical mistreatment by the police and violence by private parties. Allegations of widespread discrimination against racial minorities in the criminal justice system and in other spheres of public life have yet to be conclusively rebutted.

To date, few efforts have focused specifically on the development of legal capacity and the pursuit of legal remedies and we will seek to address this gap. A workshop in Moscow held in January 2003 brought together anti-discrimination activists and ethnic/racial minority group representatives, public interest lawyers, and lawyers from Europe experienced in anti-discrimination litigation, to discuss projects to address the treatment of ethnic minorities—including Chechens, Meshketian Turks and Roma—who are the victims of pervasive discrimination and violence. In April 2003, a steering committee for the work was established, including a representative of the Justice Initiative. The successor organization to the OSI Russia office has promised support.

Projects of the Justice Initiative will generally focus on supporting litigation through building local capacity, providing amicus briefs and comparative jurisprudence, as well as financial support. The steering committee has developed a list of themes, including citizenship-related human rights violations, and will convene soon to identify the first projects for engagement.

Soros Justice Fellowships

Date:

July 5, 2011

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to implement innovative projects that advance the efforts of the Open Society Foundations to reform the U.S. criminal justice system. The Foundations seek to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the overreliance on incarceration and harsh punishment, and ensuring a fair and equitable system of justice.

Fellows receive funding through the following two categories:

Advocacy

Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships fund outstanding individuals—including lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, activist academics, and others with important perspectives—to initiate innovative policy advocacy projects at the local, state, and national levels.

View the Advocacy Fellowship guidelines .

Media

Soros Justice Media Fellowships support writers, print and broadcast journalists, bloggers, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinct voices proposing to complete media projects for local, regional and national markets that engage the public and spur debate.

Indicative List of Russian Donor Organizations / Development Agencies
Working in the Field of Economic Development and Rule of Law in Russia

Name of the Organization

Mission of the Organization

Examples of the Projects

Agency of Strategic Initiatives

The agency was created by the Russian government as an autonomous NGO and works in three main fields, which it defines as:

  • New business
  • Young professionals
  • Social projects

The first list of projects is supposed to be published in November 2011.

Delovaya Rossiya

Delovaya Rossiya was established in 2001 and represents the interests of medium-sized businesses in Russia. Delovaya Rossiya is striving to establish a strategic alliance between the business community and the state; create a favorable business climate in Russia by developing the domestic market as well as improving conditions for foreign investment; speed Russia's economic development; and improve living standards in Russia to promote social and political stability.

Overcoming the disunity of entrepreneurs. Business Russia intends to play the role of a consolidating force capable of formulating clearly a Russian business strategy, inculcating in the entrepreneurs an awareness of the common interests, and pooling their resources for the attainment of common goals.
Securing the stability of the rules of the game in the economy, and predictably favorable conditions for business enterprise. Business Russia intends to focus on the problem of predictability of conditions for the entrepreneurial activities and will press for the introduction of real legislative guarantees of "non-deterioration" of the rules of the game during a definite period.
Disseminating the civilized business standards. Business Russia sees as one of its priorities the development of organizations tailored to assist self-regulation of the entrepreneurial activities, as well as public associations designed to work to improve business standards and promote business ethics.
Deregulating the economy and removing conditions propitious for corruption. Business Russia supports governmental actions directed at restricting the official influence on the entrepreneurial activities, but favors more radical measures. The debureaucratization is a more effective anti-corruption method than the toughening of reprisals.
Defending the rights of creditors and owners. Business Russia intends to press for the phasing out of those defects of legal regulation and judicial practice, which enable disregard for the interests of creditors and owners.
Creating a fair competitive environment. Business Russia will press for improvements in the anti-monopoly legislation and a reform of the judicial system and the bankruptcy mechanism in order to cut short the practice of their employment as means of dishonest competition.
Creating a civilized land market. Business Russia is for the free buying and selling of land, given a restricted turnover of certain types of land areas.
Securing real guarantees of rights to the results intellectual work. Business Russia thinks it necessary to remove gaps in the state regulation, which impede an effective fight against intellectual robbery, as well as to supplement the state regulation of this sphere with an efficient control on the part of self-regulating business organizations.
Reforming the tax and the customs systems. Business Russia's position is that it is necessary to remove the defects of the tax and customs regulation that are at variance with the principle guiding the reform of both systems, i.e. to make them simpler. Along with reducing the overall fiscal load, it is necessary to provide state guarantees of stability of the tax and customs regulation.
Upholding the interests of the Russian business community in the foreign markets. Business Russia is for taking into account the Russian business community's long-term interests abroad as efforts are made to shape the state foreign policy strategy.
Opposing high-handedness practiced on behalf of the state. Business Russia thinks it necessary to create legal obstacles to high-handed attitudes displayed by individual officials on behalf of the state, specifically, violation by the state of its financial obligations.
Developing the middle class. Business Russia is capable of placing some substantial influence on the process of formation of the middle class, because a considerable part of members of this social category are engaged in business, and because Business Russia's basic values and the tasks it tackles conform to the interests of the middle class.
Developing small and medium business. Business Russia proceeds from the assumption that in countries with advanced market economies small and medium business performs indispensable economic and social functions. Among other things, it fills numerous "pockets" in the market, which form between spheres of activity of major companies, and is a factor of social stability.

Fund «Our Future»

The Fund of regional social programs "Our Future" was founded in 2007 to realize long-term socially relevant programs and projects, where the principles of Social entrepreneurship can be applied.

Social entrepreneurship stands between traditional business and charity. In particular, it differs from business in its social objectives focused on social changes and societal problems' solution, from charity – in its entrepreneurial nature of activity. The goals of Social entrepreneurship are reached by the means of entrepreneurial activity and creating sustain and effective business models.

The Goal of the Fund "Our Future": to develop Social entrepreneurship in Russia.

Fund "Our Future" has the following aims:
1. Identification of existing social enterprises and social entrepreneurs, as well as new business initiatives in the field of social entrepreneurship (social business ideas).
2. Determining the ways and forms of support for further development and improving performance of social enterprises, social entrepreneurs and social initiatives providing their successful implementation.
3. Providing the necessary support to the newcomers and existing social enterprises in the following forms:
- Grant financing, loans, capital subscription;
- Training and advisory support;
- Information support and promotion;
- Other forms of support.
4. Widespread of Social entrepreneurship including formation of positive attitude to Social entrepreneurship in society.
5. Creating a Fund-based network among Russian and foreign partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, developing Social entrepreneurship in Russia.
6. Integration of new enterprises and entrepreneurs in this field
The Mission of the Fund "Our Future": to act as a catalyst for positive social changes in Russia's society, promoting social entrepreneurship by providing support and financing to organizations, which activities are focused on societal problems solution.

Developing the Institute of Social entrepreneurship in Russia, the Fund "Our Future" is searching for the most promising innovative ideas and projects and working at their effective implementation.
Moreover, the Fund "Our Future» acts directly as a social entrepreneur and works at adapting of international technologies for Social entrepreneurship to Russia's environment.

The main directions of work:

  • Consulting
  • Counseling
  • Educating specialists
  • Informational support

Developing the infrastructure of small business

The program is aimed at forming a complex system of support to entrepreneurship, focusing on implementing entrepreneurial initiatives in the most important for the region social and economic spheres

All-Russia competition "Social Entrepreneur Projects 2011"

Eurasia Heritage Foundation

The Russian nonprofit organization Eurasia Heritage Foundation is the leading center of analysis and forecasting of political and socioeconomic processes in the New Independent States (NIS), founded in 2004.

The mission of the Eurasia Heritage Foundation is to establish a mechanism for efficient communications among the intellectual, political and business elites in the NIS.

The Eurasia Heritage Foundation`s activities:

  • exploring the competitive environment of Russia and other NIS in Eurasia;
  • sponsoring the integration processes in the NIS;
  • development of the network within the expert community;
  • holding contests and providing grants;
  • providing internship positions for university graduates.

The Eurasia Heritage Foundation is

FOR ACADEMICS AND EXPERTS

  • an opportunity to take part in the theme competitions, internships, to meet the leading Russian and foreign experts;
  • a channel to compile your opinion;
  • an opportunity to implement your ambitious research projects;
  • a mediator between you and consumers of your knowledge.

FOR THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND THE NIS INTEGRATION ORGANIZATIONS:

  • a source of information on your activities aspects;
  • a developer of recommendations for the NIS-Russia cooperation.

FOR BUSINESSMEN:

  • a consultant on specificity and peculiarities of doing business in the NIS;
  • an opportunity to reduce the administrative and political risks of doing business in the NIS.

FOR NGO:

  • a partner to implement the projects in the NIS;
  • a partner to improve the legal acts of the Russian Federation.

The Eurasia Heritage Foundation:

  • is an authoritative Russian nonprofit organization which has an impact on the development of the NGO sector in the NIS;
  • maintains relations with the government agencies and leading NGOs in Russia and abroad;
  • launched an open forum for dialogue and reflection, bringing together experts, politicians and journalists from the NIS — « Eurasian Home » analytical and information bilingual website;
  • has a large network of partners in Russia and abroad;
  • has wide experience in managing of the international projects in the NIS;
  • opened its representative office in Ukraine's capital Kyiv in 2005.

The Eurasia Heritage Foundation has become:

  • co-founder of the Nonprofit Partnership «Business Centre for Economic Development of the CIS»
  • associated member of the Nonprofit Partnership of grant-making Organizations «Donors Forum»
  • corporate member of the Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio
  • co-founder of the CIS Union of Independent Experts

Integration processes in Eurasia

New Independent States: Actors, Interests, Perspectives

Human Capital

Russian World

Thinking Russia

Moscow Public Science Foundation (MPSF)

MPSF enables innovation and facilitates progress in the area of the humanities, social and political knowledge. This is our contribution to strengthening civil society, promoting democracy and the rule of law in Russia.

MPSF is a methodology and resource center for experts and organizations promoting reforms in the following areas:

· higher education, retraining and advance training of personnel;

· research and development in social sciences;

· NGO community;

· local government and municipal management.

OPERATOR

Strengthening Economic Think Tanks in Russia

Program goals: to render assistance in establishing and developing economic think tanks in Russia and enhancing their capacity for carrying out independent quality analysis of Russia's economic policy for the benefit of both policy-making government bodies and civic society institutes focused on the issues of country's social and economic development; to establish a national network of economic think tanks and consultants-analysts; to mobilize internal intellectual and professional resources for resolving economic problems faced by the country.

For achieving the goals, the Program offers grant competitions and renders technical assistance to winners in institutional development.

The Program is delivered in cooperation with the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS) at the University of Maryland.

The Program is supported by the United States Agency for International Development

New Perspectives Fund

The New Perspectives Foundation (NPF) is a non-profit organization established in 1995 for the purpose of reaching social, philanthropy, cultural and educational goals, development and protection of civil society, and to support social and philanthropic projects of businesses and government authorities.

Millennium of info Reality

Providing content necessary for solution of acute problems and development of creative potential of youth as an integral part of contemporary Russian society.

The portal is a unique educational resource, whose pages contain more than 500 educational publications in such section as «Work and Career», «Education», «Health», «Society», «Leisure and Attractions», «Information technologies», «The World of Travel».
For the period of more than 2 years, at the portal there has been operating a permanent section of professional legal consultations for schoolchildren, students and young specialists.

During the 3-year period of the portal www.mir4you.ru functioning, there have been registered 800.000 unique visitors. More than 10.000 Internet users have become registered users of the portal.
Today, MIR is constantly listed among Top-10 web pages of Google search system and Russian leading search engine Yandex in the category «youth portal». The project has been cooperating with information partners in 13 regions of the country, there were organized 50 all-Russian competitions, many offline events for the users.

http://www.mir4you.ru/

Renova Corporate Fund

The corporate charity fund Renova was founded in 2007 for the purpose of implementing the policy of corporate charity and social investments of the Renova Group in the priority areas of the national development agenda in science, education, culture and arts, development of civil society and local self-governance institutions, environmental protection and sustainable development.
CEO – Olga V. Bashkirova
The Renova charity fund uses a differentiated approach to charity. The Fund is implementing a program "Support of initiatives of the government and public organizations in priority spheres". The goal of the program is the support of projects of national importance in science, education, culture and arts and other priority areas on the national social development agenda.

  • Support of the Russian Olympic national team and participants in XXIX Olympic games in Beijing, Russian Olympic Committee, 2008
  • Support of creation of three films about peoples of Kamchatka, IA ROSBALT 2008
  • Support of the Moscow Easter Festival in 2008-2010
  • Funding of repairs of M. Vrubel hall in the Tretyakov gallery, 2008
  • Support of the International Competition of Young Russian Romance Performers, Romanciada (charity fund for support and development of Russian romance music), 2008
  • Support of the IХ Festival of Russian Arts in Cannes, France, Russian Culture Fund, 2008
  • Leonid Tyagachevs alpine skiing club
  • Aid to war veterans and servicemen, All-Russian National Military Fund The Renova charity fund is implementing a number of its own projects aimed at supporting innovations in priority spheres to facilitate their development.

The fund made a contribution to the development of the special-purpose capital fund of the Russian School of Economics, 2008-2010, supported a project for the establishment of Professorial Fellowship for talented young scientists in the Russian School of Economics, 2008.

The Dynasty Foundation

Dmitry Zimin and the Zimin family founded the Dynasty Foundation, a non-profit social investment foundation, in order to realize their ideas about the role of the intellect and science in society. They believe that:

  • talented young people engaged in scientific research are capable of changing the world for the better;
  • fostering talented people, their ideas, and projects in the natural and social sciences is one of the paramount tasks both in Russia and the rest of the world.

Objectives:

  • Seek out and support talented people, create opportunities for them to realize themselves professionally and socially, and support fair competition based on human talent;
  • Develop science education for gifted children and high school students;
  • Popularize science, foster interest in and respect for science, and enlarge its role in society.

What Kinds of Science Do We Support?

  • Sciences that study the organic and inorganic worlds, sciences that predict how our environment behaves: physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology;
  • Sciences that study human beings in their social environment, sciences that predict how society behaves: sociology, philosophy, political science, economics.

The  efforts are directed towards improving:

  • society's capacity for harmonious development;
  • society's ability to solve the large-scale problems that it faces now and in the future.

The Dynasty Foundation's Strategic Priorities

  • Science and Education . We support the best teachers, talented university students and young scientists, and scientific conferences and seminars.
  • Popular Science . We support and develop the best projects for popularizing science through the Internet ( Elements ), book publishing, festivals, public lectures, and open discussions.
  • Special Projects . We support unique projects that match our values although they have no immediate relationship to our other strategic priorities.

The Dynasty Foundation has also made it a strategic priority to make charitable work more effective in Russia, promote professional standards in this field, and cooperate with the leading Russian and international charitable organizations. Thanks to its success with a number of projects, Dynasty Foundation has become known not only as a source of financial support, but also for its development of effective, scalable models of charitable work.

The Dynasty Foundation sets great store by the procedural transparency of its grant competitions . We ensure this transparency by providing open access to information about each competition and by recruiting respected outside experts to participate in the selection process.

Dynasty's programs make up a unified system that provides generational continuity amongst its grant recipients. Beginning in the classroom (with our support programs for gifted high school students and teachers), the Foundation's programs extend to university students, graduate students, and young scientists with advanced degrees.

Dynasty works actively with such leading Russian research and educational institutions as the International Center for Fundamental Physics, Moscow (which acts as the Foundation's academic council), the Center for Continuing Mathematical Education, the Institute for Transition Economics, the Moscow Physical Technical Institute, the New Economic School, and the European University at Saint Petersburg.

Does Russia Have Its Own Way? Lessons of Democracy

The TV documentary series The America We Have to Live With discusses alternative paths of social development and shows viewers what the terms «civil society» and «market economy» mean.

Support for the New Economic School (NES)

In 2006, the Dynasty Foundation began working with the New Economic School (NES). Founded in 1992, the NES has become a center for the advancement of contemporary economic theory and education.

Russia needs its own world-class professional economists who combine a deep knowledge of their discipline with an intimate grasp of the Russian economy. The NES has had great success in solving this task.

The Russian economists who teach and research at the NES received their Ph.D. degrees from such leading western universities as Harvard, MIT, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin.

For the past ten years, the NES has hosted a research center. During this period, the center has carried out more than one hundred projects dealing with current problems in the Russian economy. Student participation in the center's projects gives them hands-on research training.

The school's library is unique in Russia for its extensive collection of textbooks and works on contemporary economic theory.

The quality of education at the NES is guaranteed by the fact that it is governed by an international council of advisers that includes leading academic economists from the US and Western Europe. The council ensures that the curriculum corresponds fully to master's programs in economics at the best American universities. The council is coordinated by Erik Berglöf, a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics.

The education offered by the school has been recognized as meeting contemporary international standards. The master's degree in economics awarded by the NES is valued both in Russia and by leading western universities.

The NES has graduated 500 students. 350 of them work in Russia; 240 of these are employed in the private sector, primarily in transnational corporations, investment banks, and consulting firms.

In addition, NES graduates have gone on to careers in the Russian Presidential Administration, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development and Commerce, and the Russian Federation Central Bank, as well as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

The Fund for Sustainable Development (FSD)

The Fund for Sustainable Development (FSD) is an independent, nongovernmental and non-profit Russian fund created to promote regional and community sustainable development through concrete projects addressing environmental, social and eco­nomic issues across the Russian Federation.

The FSD team possesses extensive experience in promoting multi-sector interaction, bringing together local communities and interregional networks to manage projects aimed at promoting the rational use of natural resources and environmental and public health improvement and developing and utilizing energy-efficiency techniques.

FSD reputation is based on full transparency of all aspects of its activities, with spe­cial attention focused on addressing issues connected with environmental protection and sustainable development. The core principles of FSD work include transparency, openness, formation of partner teams, goal-oriented activities and achievement of sustainable project results.

FSD has a network of partner regional centers across the country in the cities of Yekaterinburg, Ulan-Ude, Nizhny Novgorod and Khabarovsk. These centers take an active part in on-site project management.

Pursuant to its mission, FSD carries out the following activities:

  1. Grantmaking, including the development and support of activities and training in the sphere of regional sustainable development, environmental protection, envi­ronmental education, and civil society development;
  2. Collection, storage, analysis and dissemination of information on ecosystems, best practices and methods related to sustainable development and promotion of environmental and human health;
  3. Preparation of analytical reviews and forecasts in such areas as conservation of Russia's natural heritage and biodiversity, and the rational management of natural resources.

FSD works on projects and programs with support from Russian and international donors in the following areas:

  1. Environment and public health
  2. Conservation and rational nature management
  3. Support to civic initiatives
  4. Energy and resource efficiency

5. Education and youth development

The Fund for Sustainable Development has brought together professionals who have been managing socio-economic projects since 1997.

The expertise of this team is based on community development approaches and tech­niques tested under the ROLL (Replication of Lessons Learned) and TGP (Targeted Grants Program in the Russian Far East) and CDSP (Community Development Support Program) and others carried out with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development.

FSD has successfully fulfilled a whole range of projects with funding from USAID and Russian and international businesses, such as SUAL, BP, EuroChem Company, CITI, TNK-BP and United Technologies.

FSD is also actively collaborating with international foundations (Alcoa Foundation, Ford Foundation and Citi Foundation), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Resources (IUCN) and Russian government philanthropic organizations (Moscow Chamber of Public Organizations, Moscow Philanthropic Board and the National Health League Charitable Foundation).

From 1997 through 2010, over 600 concrete projects for an amount of nearly $14 mil­lion were fulfilled under FSD management; and lasting multi-sector interaction was established with government, businesses, NGOs and media outlets practically in all the regions of the country.

The Institute of Urban Economics

The Institute for Urban Economics (IUE) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization established in 1995 in Moscow. It was created to identify and analyze the social and economic problems of urban areas and promote solutions to these problems. Main goals of the institute are: elaboration and introduction of new approaches to solving housing problems, financing of housing and urban infrastructure, municipal management, urban land use, social protection of the population, and other problems of the social and economic life of cities. All IUE researchers bring considerable experience in working with different governmental and municipal structures, scientific research and educational institutes, both state-sponsored and private, as well as international donor agencies, banks, small business enterprises and foreign companies.

  • Legislative development
  • Expert examination
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Strategies and programs
  • Demonstration projects
  • Grant programs
  • Research and investigations
  • Training
  • Information

Investigating social and economic problems of cities and regions (certificate of state accreditation as a research institution No.4677 as of November 22, 2002)

Developing and reviewing draft laws and regulations on housing policy, municipal development and other aspects of the urban economy

Assisting state authorities and local self-governments in development of strategies and practical approaches to implementation of municipal reform programs and innovatory projects

Monitoring and evaluating social and economic development programs, social projects, and grant programs of cities and other jurisdictions

Assisting big and medium-size businesses in implementing social and local development programs

Implementation of education and advanced professional training programs and organization of methodological research and support

Disseminating innovative urban management models through the mass media, Internet and IUE publications

The U.S. Russia Center for Entrepreneurship

The U.S. Russia Center for Entrepreneurship is one of the leading forces for developing entrepreneurship in Russia. CFE is an entrepreneurship training, education and development organization that promotes economic opportunity, helps build a strong middle class, and enhances the relationship between Russia and the US.

The program has four key goals and objectives:

  1. Identify and develop entrepreneurs throughout Russia and provide them with the knowledge, skills and personal abilities to start and build growth companies.
  2. Enhance a culture of entrepreneurship by promoting policies in support of entrepreneurship and by raising awareness of entrepreneurship as an engine for economic development and job creation.
  3. Advance entrepreneurship education at the university level to inspire future generations of entrepreneurs.
  4. Serve as a catalyst organization by expanding the capacity of entrepreneurship support organizations throughout Russia.

Thousands of entrepreneurs, policy makers, university instructors and other business professionals have participated in the events the center has organized and supported.

Program for Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Russia Center for Entrepreneurship offers customized worldwide «best practice» programs that improve an entrepreneur`s functional business knowledge and develop skills important for company success in areas such as entrepreneurial marketing and business planning. In addition, our programs help entrepreneurs overcome environmental challenges that hinder company growth, such as protecting intellectual property, utilizing the legal system, and approaching capital providers.

CFE utilizes a robust delivery methodology, including:

  • focused courses;
  • workshops;
  • peer learning events;
  • and networking opportunities.

These programs foster not only entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur, but also mentor-to-entrepreneur, entrepreneur-to-investor, and entrepreneur-to-policymaker learning. By bringing together all of the players that influence entrepreneurial success, CFE offers unique, integrated and experiential learning programs.

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation was registered by Moscow Registration Chamber on 10 January 1999, registration certificate No.076100.

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation was established for implementation of socially significant long-term projects in the sphere of domestic education and culture. It is a private Foundation with budget financed by personal assets of Vladimir Potanin.

The Mission of the Foundation is to promote the development of strategic philanthropy and recognition of active and creative professionals. The Foundation cooperates with those who are capable of changing themselves and are ready to make their contribution to the development of Russian society. The Foundation shapes a social milieu, which values creativity, professionalism and proactive volunteer work.

The Foundation operates in line with the following principles:

  • making the rules transparent and providing all participants of the Foundation's projects and programs with equal conditions by means of contest mechanisms;
  • holding leadership in the industry means not to be afraid of experiments and using new technologies, while being creative in applying Russian and foreign charitable experience;
  • cooperating with professional partners.

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation is a member of the European Foundation Centre and a founding member of the Russian Forum of Donors.

The Foundation primarily focuses on the implementation of long-term scholarship and grant programs. They are aimed at talented young students of the country's major state educational institutions, as well as at talented teachers.

Culture supporting projects are also of importance for the Foundation, which aims to encourage vocational and creative growth of the Russian museum society. The Foundation strives to support innovations of pro-active and creative museum professionals with potential for cultural breakthrough.

The Foundation annually awards over 400 grants and 2,300 scholarships.

Volnoe Delo Fund

Social Innovation Support Fund Volnoe Delo

The Fund 'Volnoe Delo' is the largest Russian charity organization. It was established Oleg Deripaska, Russian businessman, in 1998 to implement charity and social programs in Russia.

The Fund's mission is to find effective solutions for significant social issues. Volnoe Delo aims at enhancing the country's education level, developing national research, maintaining the spiritual and cultural level, improving the quality of public health care and the accessibility of welfare, support the comprehensive development of the regions.

Beneficiaries of the aid are children, retired people, talented young people, teachers, distinguished scientists and other participants of more than 400 charity programs. The Fund supports the Moscow and Saint Petersburg State Universities, the Hermitage, the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theater, the Serafimo-Diveevsky, Sretensky, Donskoy monasteries and may other education, culture and spiritual life centers in over 40 Russian regions.

The Fund is one of the most dynamic charity organizations. In the last six years the Fund's budget increased by 17 times and amounts to over 6 bln rubles.

The Fund's charity programs are financed from Oleg Deripaska's personal funds.

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The New Generation Workers programm

The project is aimed at the modernization of primary and intermediary vocational institutions. This remodeling of vocational establishments aims to satisfy the needs of contemporary manufacturing methods. The scheme involves 18 training schools from 11 regions and has trained over 3,000 personnel and technicians to the highest skill levels.

The Yegor Gaidar Foundation

The Yegor Gaidar Foundation is a non-profit organization established by the Foundation "Ye.T. Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy" and Maria A. Strugatskaya in May 2010. The Foundation mission is providing education support in the sphere of economics, sociology and humanities.

The Foundation was created to promote liberal values, supported by Yegor Gaidar. It runs a number of independent and joint projects, holds conferences and discussions, gives grants in economics and social studies.

Among the Foundation activities are: organization of the annual Gaidar Forum; establishment and awarding of personal prizes for development of economic theory and practice, as well as for achievements in the sphere of social and economic studies; giving grants to the best students of economic universities of Russia; holding series of lectures, round-tables and discussions in Russian cities with rich scientific and educational background.