In the frames of the Clearing House project a team of 11 trained consultants provides advisory services on project proposal development based on the  on  Logical Framework Approach (LFA) methodology and other requirements of the European Commission and the EU Member States. Additionally, we provide counselling support on project implementation, monitoring, evaluation, communication of project results and reporting.
Who can receive a consultation?
•    Civil society organizations
•    Representatives of the local authorities and administrations in case they are preparing a project which is fostering European Values and envisages close cooperation with civil society organisations
Results to date:
•    more than 150 organisations received free of charge individual support from the team of trained consultants/experts
•    More than 90 projects prepared with the assistance of the Clearing House consultants

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Sun, 2013-04-21 16:25
Marta Bialenik holds Masters Degree in Economics. Since 2009 works as an International Projects Manager at Yanka Kupala Grodno State University. Has extensive training and counseling experience as a consultant for the local Coordination Bureau of Euroregion Neman in Grodno, as well as for the UNDP and USAID in Belarus. Spheres of competences: project management and implementation, fundraising, national registration procedures, monitoring and evaluation of project results, strategic planning, partnership building between state, private and civil society organizations. Marta speaks fluent English and Polish.
Katsiaryna Borsuk. BA in geo-ecology (Skorina State University). In 2015, she successfully graduated from a course on the International Human Rights Law at the University of York, the UK. Executive Director of the Human Rights LGBT Project «GayBelarus». Consultant on organisational development for Prague based organisation «Civic Belarus». Interned in several NGOs in the Czech Republic and Russia. Coordinator of projects supported by the Nordic Council, MATRA, programme «Youth in Action», national foundations and programmes of the Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Norway and Germany. Sphere of ompetences: project management, organisational development, logical framework approach. Speaks fluent Belarusian, Russian, English and Czech.
Viachaslau Bortnik holds Masters degrees in Political Science from EHU, Minsk and Public Administration from American University, USA. He also completed trainings at several international schools and certified courses on human rights and has internship experience in German, Polish and American CSOs. Experience of leading and managing CSOs and working as a trainer and consultant in Belarus and the USA. Professional competences: programmes of international technical assistance, design and preparation of grant proposals, LFA, CSO management, human rights and international development.

Lena Durbec holds Masters degree in Public Administration from Twente University, the Netherlands and Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Has experience in project management and evaluation, qualitative research and policy analysis. Areas of expertise and interest: developing concept ideas and project design for grant programmes of the European Commission and other international donors, narrative reporting, Logical Framework Approach, e-government, entrepreneurship and start-ups, grassroot movements. Apart from native Belarusian and Russian, fluently speaks English, French and German.

Maksim Karliuk holds a degree of Master of European Law (LLM) from the College of Europe (Belgium), graduate of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University. Maksim has worked in the Clearing House initiative since its inception. His help resulted in successful support of project proposals of both civil society organizations and local authorities. He has consulted on formulating project ideas and ensuring their logic, drafting project proposals, helped in searching for relevant grant opportunities and in understanding conditions of participation.
Olga Khabibulina, trainer-consultant, Director of the CSO “Office for Initiatives Promotion”. Participated in the training course “UN Inner Structure Functions” at the United Nations Department of Public Information (New York, 2010). Consultancy competences: project implementation, social impact, project leadership and work in team. Professional interests: international youth policy, project management, sustainability and impact of social projects, leadership development, business-CSO cooperation, government-CSO cooperation.
Vladimir Krasko is an expert and consultants in the field of organisational development. Has 15 year experience in NGO sector. Has managed a number of European projects, and is a certified trainer for the National Democratic Institute (USA). Spheres of competences: strategic planning, organizational analysis, organizational development, project planning, moderation and facilitation, training techniques.
Siarhei Salei. Chairman of the Hrodna Regional Public Association of Young Intellectuals "VIT". BA in History (Hrodna State University, Belarus), MA in Medieval Studies (Central European University, Hungary). Certified trainer of the Council of Europe in non-formal education. Siarhei has work experience in academia and international organizations, as well as in preparation and management of international (including EU-funded) projects. Scope of competencies: project development, project management, monitoring and evaluation, non-formal education in law, human rights and history. Fluent in English and Polish.
Yuliya Stankevich has over 12 years of work experience in CSO sphere, experience in realisation of local and international projects. Trainings and consultations on writing project proposals, project management, strategic planning, and volunteer management. Sphere of interests: education and consulting, non-formal education, project management, international cooperation, CSO organisational development. Good command of English.
Antonina Yelistratova holds Masters Degree in Political Science. Sphere of interests: European neighbourhood policy, European programmes for Belarus, Eastern Partnership,  environmental policy, civil society development. Work experience with Belarusian and international civil society organisations since 2002, including project management activities. Antonina has also  worked for European Institutions and International Foundations.


Thu, 2013-04-18 18:07

We are happy to announce that five additional consultants joined the existing team of experts of the Clearing House project. The training session “Development and Submission of Project Proposals for the European Commission’s Calls for Proposals. The Logical Framework Approach” was held for the newcomers in Minsk.  For two days, the consultants developed their practical skills in analysing potential problems, selecting possible project goals and reaching them under the defined programme, as well as forming sound budgets among other themes. The event was held by Georgy Baranets, an expert in the field of international project management in technical assistance.

Tue, 2012-06-19 13:55 January-May 2012, the Office for a Democratic Belarus in close cooperation with international consortium EUROBELARUS, PACT and Forum Syd organised a training course in the frames of the Clearing House project. The aim of the programme was to select and train experts/consultants capable of providing counseling services for Belarusian CSOs in preparing high-quality project proposals for EU funded programmes.

 Initially, it was planned that the training course would be offered for three selected candidates. However, during the project’s implementation it was decided to expand the group by up to six consultants selected through an open call. The team of highly-qualified trainers designed the training course to include a series of three intensive seminars, homework by the participants and individual consultations. The topics of the trainings covered the following:

  • Planning and development of projects within the frames of the EU programmes using LFA methodology (January 28-30, 2012);
  • Development of professional skills and competencies of an expert/consultant (February 25-27, 2012);
  • Implementation opportunities and frames of expert/consultant work in the Clearing House project (March 10-11, 2012).
Tue, 2012-02-07 13:03

The second training for Belarusian consultants in the field of development of project proposals was organized on February 25-27, 2012 within the Clearing House project, which is being implemented by the Office for a Democratic Belarus (Brussels, Belgium) in partnership with the international consortium EUROBELARUS under support of the international organizations Pact and Forum SYD.