Andrei Liankevich, winner of the "Europe is near us" photography contest  of the 2nd European Intercultural Festival,  received a trip to Belguim as his grand prix. Earlier this week the Belarusian photographer spoke to us to share his impressions from Brussels and talk about his new photo project on the World War II legacy in modern Belarusian culture. The trip was organized by the "Office for a Democratic Belarus" (Brussels, Belgium) with support from Pact/USAID.

By Robert Coalson and Rikard Jozwiak

Alyaksandr Lukashenka isn't known for waxing poetically about the Belarusian language. But that's exactly what he did at a youth gathering in Minsk earlier this month.

On January 23, 2015, Clearing House programme consultants held an additional training on preparation of project concepts for the European Commission Civil Society and Local Government Support (CSO-LA) call for proposals. About 30 representatives of both national and local civil society organizations took part in the event. The participants used case studies to examine basic approaches to writing project concepts.

On January 20, 2015, an EU Delegation to Belarus information meeting dedicated to a Civil Society and Local Government Support (CSO-LA) call for project proposals. The meeting gathered both government officials and representatives of local communities who examined various aspects of preparing project applications during an educational training organized within the "Clearing House" programme.

On January, 16, the Office for a Democratic Belarus (Brussels) in partnership with the «Good Jam for Good People» project held a creative workshop for children with autism in Minsk. The goal of the event was to support a parents' initiative to improve teaching methods for autistic kids and draw attention to the prospects for new educational and healthcare projects in Belarus.

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