Project “Nordic and Russian NGOs building bridges”

May 1, 2017 — October 31, 2018 Completed

Since 2014 the collaboration between NGOs in the north-west of Russia and Nordic countries has been gradually decreasing because of the changes in the political situation and decrease of funding. A huge lack of collaboration between Nordic and Russian NGOs, and a need of promoting the cross-border cooperation and preparing joint projects between NGOs and their local partners led to development of the project.

The project “Russian and Nordic NGOs building bridges” was aimed at restart and development NGOs’ cooperation, engagement of NGOs into networking and launching joint projects.

The partnership circle of the project “Russian and Nordic NGOs building bridges” consisted of three Nordic NGOs (Danish Institute for Civil Society “Interfolk”; Finland-Russia Society; Husavik Academic Centre from Iceland and two Russian NGOs (Arkhangelsk Centre of social technologies “Garant” and Pskov Centre for Sustainable Development, that have shared the intention of promoting renewed networks and collaboration between NGOs in Northwest Russia and the Nordic countries.

The project main activities included:

  • making a database of Nordic and Russian NGOs, containing ideas for joint projects and best practices;
  • workshops and a conference to support exchange of expertise and experience and development of joint projects of Nordic-Russian NGOs;
  • launching the project website for dissemination of information about the project activities and NGOs’ database.
  • support to development of NGOs partnerships and projects.

When joining the project network, a NGO had the following opportunities:

  • take part in workshops and learn about experience of NGOs from other countries;
  • get experts’ consulting and support when developing joint projects;
  • become an organizer or participant of a joint project;
  • exchange of expertise and knowledge.

The project duration was 18 months. However, the project partners made it a long-term activity contributing to NGOs’ networking and implementation of joint projects. NGOs from Russia and Nordic countries are welcome to join the network and be part of NGOs collaboration.

The project provided an exchange of expertise and best practices of Nordic and Russian NGOs in the framework of the seminars which took place in Russia (Arkhangelsk and Pskov), Denmark (Copenhagen), Finland (Helsinki) and Iceland (Husavik).

In May 2018 the international conference was conducted in Arkhangelsk.

The conference brought together NGOs from Russia (Arkhangelsk and Pskov regions) and Nordic countries (Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway). More than 40 ideas for joint projects were “born” by the participants. The participants also discussed risks and barriers for development and implementation of joint projects between Nordics Europe and Russia.

The funding opportunities for NGOs joint project were presented by several experts:

  • Opportunities of funding Russian-Norwegian projects within grant program of Norwegian Barents Secretariat;
  • Kolarctic programme: possibilities for NGOs to participate;
  • Role of NGOs in international cooperation: problems and perspectives, by Ivan Ksenofontov.


Contact information:


Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society

Hans Jørgen Vodsgaard - Head of Institute

(+45) 51 300 320


Husavik Academic Centre (HAK)

Óli Halldórsson, director

(+35) 44 64 5102


Society "Finland–Russia"

Contact: Ms. Päivi Kärnä, director

358 50 3530268


Arkhangelsk Centre of social technologies “Garant”

Contact: Marina Mikhaylova, director

+7 (8182) 20 43 76

Pskov Regional Public Organization «Centre for Sustainable Development of Pskov Region»

Contact: Semyon Nikonov, Director

7(8112) 291095,

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