List of NGOs
The Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) is an independent, non-profit policy research and development think tank in Estonia, that aims at assisting the development of public policy in the Baltic Sea region by providing high-quality socio-economic analysis. Founded in 1996, IBS aims with its activities to the increase of knowledge and understanding of the development challenges and opportunities facing Estonia in particular and Baltic Sea region in general. The Institute of Baltic Studies has carried out research and development projects in cooperation with the government, academia, enterprises as well as third sector organisations from all over the Europe. Besides projects funded by national, private and third-sector actors, we have also carried out over twenty European Union 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programme projects, including participation in H2020 projects. The focus of our activities has increasingly shifted to policy support activities, but we continue to provide practical inputs for various public and private initiatives.
We are one of the most experienced social organisations in Lithuania. We started our work in 1996 and the mission of our strong team of professionals is to enlighten and inform the society through gender equality questions, form gender politics and propagate its development in Lithuania. Since 2012 we are working as a Specialized Assistance Center providing support for victims of domestic violence in Lithuania, we also administrate Vilnius department of 24/7 Women helpline (Pagalbos moterims linija). Our Vision: Not a single person can be discriminated because of their gender. Our goals: We aim for gender equality in Lithuania We ameliorate women position in public and private life We improve the environment of equal gender relations We cooperate closely with other non-governmental organisations, state-owned institutions and organisations. We propagate gender equal opportunities in all life aspects and aim to ensure that there would be adequate attention in all political, juridical and social reforms, programmes of development. We carry out programmes, aimed at demolishing violence against women, and block the way for female trafficking, coordinate family and work obligation, encourage female enterprise, female and male equal opportunities. We organise enlightening, society informing campaigns. We provide women with free juridical consultations. In the National Equality and Diversity Forum we represent discrimination due to gender base. We are European Lobbying Organisation‘s, Women and Men Equal Opportunities‘ Commission Lithuanian women's association, Nacional network against poverty members and we lead the coalition „No to Violence! “. We have more than 20 years of experience implementing various projects with national, EU funding, funding from Nordic Council of Ministers, U.S. embassy and other donors.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Regional Public Organization of Social Projects in the Sphere of Population's Well-being Stellit (NGO “Stellit”) was founded in 2002 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. We are conducting activities in the field of addictive and sexual behaviour, prevention of violence and sexual exploitation of children, trafficking, the spread of HIV and STIs. NGO Stellit combines the development and implementation of evidence-based public health and social interventions and academic research projects. Stellit’s staff (12 people) are specialists trained in the Psychology, Sociology and Public Health. Four staff members have a PhD (Psychology or Sociology). NGO “Stellit” is a member of ECPAT International.
Lithuanian Business Angel Network (LitBAN) fosters business angel activity through communication, events, networking, syndication of deals both locally and across Nordics by uniting wealthy individuals, successful entrepreneurs, and executives that are curious about angel investing activity, are interested in sharing their knowledge and network with new entrepreneurs. Through monthly pitching events LitBAN will facilitate a gateway for start-ups to meet Angel investors from Baltic & Nordic countries. For investors the network will serve as deal-flow facilitation, networking, and interest representation platform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Copenhagen K, Denmark
DFKS - The national council of voluntary cultural asssociations was founded in May 2015 and includes the following nine national arts and culture associations: - Denmark 's Theatre Association - see www.dk-teaterforeninger.dk/ - Danish Children and Youth Film Clubs - see www.dabuf.dk/ - Danish Local History Association - see http://dansklokalhistoriskforening.dk/ - The Cultural Councils in Denmark - see www.kulturellesamraad.dk/ - The national society of Danish cultural centres - see www.kulturhusene.dk/ - The Association of Danish Film Clubs - see www.danskefilmklubber.dk/ - The Association of Danish Art Societies - see www.sdkunst.dk/ - The Danish Federation of Friends of Museums - see www.sammus.dk/ - The National Council of literary societies in Denmark - see www.litteraturselskaber.dk/ DFKS wishes to strengthen the visibility of the area, initiate development work, offer courses and further education, and provide documentation and statistics in the field. The local members of the national associations are associations where volunteers convey, organize, arrange, create frames, etc. for activities within the arts, culture and cultural heritage. The local members represents a myriad of arts and culture associations, where volunteers convey, arrange and create frames for activities within arts, culture and heritage; and at the same time, the actors in these activities are always professional and they consist of touring theatres, visual artists and musicians as well as culture researchers, historians, etc.
Finland-Russia Society was founded and started its activities on 24.3.1993 (originally Finland-Soviet Union -Society, founded in 1944). Our main activities are: -to build cooperation between Finnish and Russian citizens and organisations -to develop cultural, environmental and economical relations between Finland and Russia -to provide consultation and services for individuals and for the needs of public sector and economy