Highlights

Sectoral discussion "Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Small and Medium Businesses" will be held in Minsk on April 29. How can you make your business more effective and competitive? How to increase efficiency and performance of your employees? Is CSR needed just for PR or is it a functional business instrument? Experts from Ukraine and Belarus will speak about possibilities that come to small and medium businesses with implementation of CSR, including during economic crisis.


Elena Kuvichka, fundraising expert and Board Member of "Inva-Sodeystvie", organisation for the disabled (Sukhumi), shared her views on the competition between civil society organisations in social sphere and said why social activists should not be ashamed of making money by engaging in social entrepreneurship.

More details can be found in the expert’s personal interview.


Can social entrepreneurship bring changes to the society, and which social enterprise model can bring sustainability to a non-profit organisation? On March, 27, participants of the Social Entrepreneurship in Belarus: Viable Models and Secrets of Success seminar studied best foreign practices of social entrepreneurship (SE), as well as legal aspects of establishing social enterprises in Belarus. The seminar on social entrepreneurship was organised by the ODB (Brussels) in partnership with the Support Programme of Belarus of the Federal Government of Germany.


By David Marples

"Minsk Phenomenon" was the title of a 2013 Russian-language translation of University of Giessen historian Thomas Boehn’s book, which addressed the dominance of the city of Minsk in the development of contemporary Belarus. In many ways the Belarusian capital is a symbol of modern identity in a country that is often labelled "Soviet", but is perhaps more accurately described as "postwar Soviet" because it bears little resemblance to Minsk of the interwar years.


On March 26, Minsk gathered representatives of Belarusian civil society organisations to exchange their experiences of social entrepreneurship. How can we make a "social" business profitable and bring sustainability to a non-profit organisation in the difficult economic conditions - these were some of the questions raised by participants of the seminar "Social Entrepreneurship in Belarus: Viable Models and Secrets of Success" that was organised by the ODB (Brussels) in partnership with the Support Programme of Belarus of the Federal Government of Germany.


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