List of NGOs

Minsk, Belarus

Ponimanie

Ponimanie is professional and volunteer non-governmental organization set up in Belarus, and working in realm of Children's Human Rights, Prevention and Response to Child Abuse and Neglect since 2000. It was registered by the Ministry of Justice, and re-registered in 2006, reg. #01407 dated of April 06, 2006. Ponimanie is national leader in Prevention and Response to Child Abuse and Neglect, visible on Global level, and making impact with its innovations in Eastern European Region, the Pacific, and worldwide during the last 18 years. Ponimanie is developing the United Child Protection Model, recognized with ISPCAN Multidisciplinary Team Award in 2014. Ponimanie possesses great experience in advocacy, policy-making, training for professionals, and direct service delivery, summarized in 24 books, and 3 toolkits in 2003-2018. It holds and develops 7/24 toll-free Child Helpline Belarus, network of 21 CAC, Treatment Service for abused children, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Belarus. Ponimanie's action is going from the bottom of Direct Service Delivery to the top of Policy Making, and International Advocacy in favor of children’s rights and protection of child victims and witnesses of violence, and other vulnerable groups of children. INGO "Ponimanie" participated at some public-private consultative bodies including the Commission on Juvenile Affairs under the Council of Ministers, allowing to advocate in the Government to take decisions in favor of Children’s Rights and Protection.  INGO “Ponimanie” is National Partner of International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in Belarus since 2006, UNICEF’s implementing partner in 2001-2006, a member of Child Rights Connect (former NGO Group for Children’s Rights), Child Rights Information Network (CRIN), member of Child Helpline International (CHI), member of Global Missing Children Networking (GMCN), implementing partner of International Organization for Migration (IOM) in prevention of trafficking in children (2010-12), participant of development of General Comment-13 (GC-13) to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, founding co-author of the first in national history Alternative Report following to the 3-4th Belarus State Party Periodical Report to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, on the implementation of the Article 19 of UN CRC (2010-11). In 2000-2008 INGO "Ponimanie" was Grantee of local office of UNICEF, Counterpart Alliance for Partnership (USAID funded Program), local office of World Bank, and Swiss Office of Development and Cooperation in Belarus. Since 2009 INGO "Ponimanie" successfully operates on open international donors market. It is Grantee of World Childhood Foundation, European Commission (in partnership with British Council), Government of Poland, Germany (in partnership with SOS-Kinderdorf), US Government, Dutch Government, Swiss and US private foundations. INGO "Ponimanie" secures up to 17% of its annual budget (2017) from local sources of national socially-responsible business and Belarus citizens. INGO “Ponimanie” is evidence-based professional Human Rights NGO with strong capacity both in content of the action, and project management. It has rich 18-years long track records recognized with international awards and appreciation letters from USAID, World Bank, UNICEF, ISPCAN, US NDAA, Gundersen NCPTC, Boston University (USA), Ramböll Management (Sweden), Chance International Foundation (Belarus), as well as local awards. It is Laureate of National Social Fair of 2005, 2006, and 2007. Founder of Ponimanie Mr. Andrey Makhanko was recognized with USAID Cenrtificate of Recognition for Implementation of the US experience in reponse to violence against children in Belarus (2016), Who is Who (Belarus edition, 2016), Certificate of Recognition of the State of California Senate (2017), and the Donald Fridley Memorial Award for Excellence in Training and Mentoring (2017). Current Chairman of Ponimanie Prof., Dr. Vladimir Yanchuk is bright figure on international psychological arena, ex-member of National Commission on Children's Rights, extremely influential person in Children's Rights on national level, and within international scientific and expert community, author of the Concept of the First Natonal Study of Child Abuse in Belarus (2006-08), recognized with famous State Decoration - Francis Skaryna Medal. We are looking for foreign and international support to our activity due to 1) poor and tough international donor market for Human Rights/Children's Rights available for Belarus; 2) absence of local culture of philanthropy and financial participation in solution of societal challenges in Belarus both in people and business; 3) active counteraction of excessive intermediaries (local UN and some civic/expert/human rights defenders groups) protecting their unjust control over international donor support to national civil society of Belarus. We become weaker in 2019 because of dirty competition on international donor market, from the side of local UN agencies, and we need for building new partnerships aiming for better outcomes for children in Belarus, and wider in Baltic Region.
Apatity, Russia

Geological Institute of the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Geological Institute of the Kola Science Centre has long experience and great potential in geological, petrographical and mineralogical research. Our top-rank specialists provide highly skilled scientific expertise.
Oslo, Norway

Human Rights Academy

Human Rights Academy (HRA) has been working in the field of education in human rights and democratic citizenship (HRE/EDC) since 2008. The main activities are trainings in HRE/EDC for various groups in society (youth/students, asylum seekers, teachers, journalism and law students, NGO activists, volunteers, social workers, others). Development of interactive teaching methods in HRE/EDC is another priority. HRA is member of DARE network (Democracy and Human Rights in Europe). The main goal of our work is to increase awareness of and respect to international human rights through education. HRA has an extensive competences in teaching in human rights and democratic citizenship (HRE/EDC) by using interactive teaching methods; in the development of methodology for HRE/EDC, in written and digital form. URL: https://journalism-edu.org/
nairobi, Denmark

sashinoya building and construction

housing needs for the elderly
Reykjavik, Iceland

Island Panorama Center

The Centre is a non governmental, non partisan,non profit and neutral organisation centre based in Reykjavik,Iceland.It is a humanitarian organisation that works to assist the most deprived, most needy,the most deprived and the voiceless both home and abroad. It is legally registered in accordance with Icelandic law.We raise awareness and bring to focus the fact that various societal influences are often the biggest obstacles and barriers that prevent us from seeing the reality. We make it known that we have to free ourselves of these obstacles to avoid racism,discrimination,hatred,misunderstanding and prejudices. We oppose segregation and welcome integration and inclusion in the real sense of the word.We also keep track on government policies on immigration and refugees to be able to lobby,propose and implement necessary changes
Riga, Latvia

Lifestory - National Oral History of Latvia

NGO works on the border between social researchers, scholars and the community, uniting professional researchers in oral history and volunteers. The association unites over 60 active members, who participate in fieldwork, workshops and training seminars. The cooperation between researchers and members of society has already resulted in the creation of the Latvian OH Archive. This collection consists of more than 4 000 life stories/biographic interviews – many of these life stories have been documented in the Latvian communities abroad, as well as in the ethnic communities in Latvia. We provide resources to all fields of academic research - sociology, social and cultural anthropology, linguistics, cultural and social history, ethnology, folklore, psychology, and it is also open for the wider community. The important task of the Association is to promote the skills and competence of its members in the form of adult education – learning and teaching interview work and biographical research methodology. The oral history collection gives a voice and a sense of empowerment to individuals, ethnic groups, and minorities, and helps them define their place in society and history.
Szymbark, Poland

Kashubian Folk University

The main areas of program activity of the Kashubian Folk University (KFU) focus on civic education, cultural (regional and intercultural) education and ecology. These are the pillars of almost all KFU’s educational and cultural activities, resulting both from tradition and the real challenges of the modern world. The general goal of KFU is to prepare students to be creative, aware citizens who care about their own development and development of the community they co-create. Perhaps the most important task since the establishment of the KFU is civic education. The social competences obtained by students in the KFU are an important complement to other competences (eg professional). Their usefulness is particularly visible in these periods when societies face new challenges related to democratization of public life, building a local community, etc. Many initiatives with which KFU appears every year testify to efforts to best fulfil this traditional KFU duty to the local and regional community. The Kashubian Folk University, preparing individual initiatives, thus maintains close ties with poviats and communes, listening to the needs of the communities concerned and animating training in the field of broadly understood civic education. Over the years, the institution has carried out many projects focused on the issues of local self-government and building the structures of a democratic state. In the last decade, KUL also dealt with the issue of improving journalist staff for the local press. The second of the most important tasks of the Kashubian UL is regional and intercultural education. It is associated with the necessity of constantly pointing to the need to live in harmony with the tradition of the region, but also to instill respect for and creatively multiply the achievements of communities living in the area of our Little Homeland. The KFU for years organizes artistic plein-airs, courses for non-professional artists, concerts, performances, annual folk ritual workshops, mediates in the exchange of artistic groups of the region with others, etc. Workshops supporting the disappearing fields of folk art are particularly strongly supported. Thanks to this, still vivid in the region are: embroidery, wood carving, weaving, pottery, plaiting or kinking. As a result, the facility succeeded, among others reactivate traditional Kashubian painting on glass. In its educational activities related to regional and intercultural culture, KUL seeks to combine tradition with modernity. The third pillar of the KUL's educational activity is ecology. On the one hand, this is due to the tradition of folk universities, where the necessity of living in harmony with nature has always been stressed. On the other - the facility is located in the Polish region, where significant areas of nature have been saved from degradation. Therefore, the activities in this area are focused mainly on creating a universal program of knowledge about the environment, shaping friendly attitudes towards nature and propagating pro-ecological ideas.
Minsk, Belarus

School of Young Managers in Public Administration

SYMPA was founded in 2007 in cooperation with the Swedish organization SIPU International (now FCG Sweden) with an aim of creating a community of young professionals able to effect change in public administration in a future democratic Belarus. SYMPA’s mission is to create and support channels of communication for public administration professionals and keep them informed about principles and practices of modern good governance, to involve the target groups in educational and exchange programmes in order to build their capacity in public administration and instill the value of civil participation, and to conduct research in the field of public administration. We work to improve the quality of public procurement, to increase participation in decision making at the local level, and to increase transparency and accountability in public spending. Research in public administration in Belarus is one of SYMPA’s strategic directions. For this reason, BIPART - Belarusian Institute for Public Administration Reform and Transformation was established in 2011 as SYMPA’s research branch. BIPART’s mission is to promote the reform of the public administration system in Belarus in accordance with modern principles and practices. BIPART unites people interested in improving the quality of governance in Belarus. SYMPA is a member of NISPAcee and the OECD Global Network of Schools of Public Administration.
Tallinn, Estonia

Network of Estonian Non-profit Organizations

Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations, NENO (or Vabaühenduste Liit in Estonian) is the single and largest Estonian organization uniting public benefit nonprofit organizations. NENO is an advocacy organization focusing on a sustainable civic space and additionally to that we also focus on capacity building and civic awareness. NENO is a membership organization created for the implementation and protection of the common interest of Estonian public benefit nonprofits. NENO currently (Oktober 2018) unites 101 active and operational public benefit nonprofit organizations in Estonia from all fields, both associations and foundations. At the same time, our information network involves approx. 4000 organizations. NENO’s mission is to give voice to and advocate on behalf of Estonian public benefit organizations and its work is dedicated to the development and promotion of civic action and civil society in Estonia.
Helsinki, Finland

Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland

The Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland is a national non-governmental expert organization. The mission of the association is to serve as an expert, influencer, promoter, developer, and communicator of cultural heritage education and education of culturally sustainable development. The target is to strengthen the cultural competence of especially children and youth – information, skills, and experiences regarding diverse cultural heritage – and to support identity building, involvement in culture and society, and the fulfilment of cultural rights. The association provides educators and other professionals with information, material, expertise, ideas for activities, operating models, and new networks. The association co-operates with actors of education, culture, environment, and youth sectors. The partners of the association include the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of the Environment, the Finnish National Agency for Education, and the National Board of Antiquities as well as different organizations and associations, schools and educational establishments, museums, archives, World Heritage Sites, and many professionals and experts in different fields.

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