Benefits of Sustainable Partnerships of NGOs, National and International Institutions

Within the framework of seminar "Ways to Build Effective Partnership to Reach Common Goals", organized in Minsk by the Creative and Innovation Centre of Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth (Belarus) for civil society and international organizations in Belarus, state institutions and students, ODB Brussels organized a training on project management "From Problems to Project Ideas". Participants discussed how cross-sectoral cooperation can be used to solve problems of local communities.

Hanna Baranouskaya, Clearing House programme consultant

In particular, participants of the seminars shared their experience of successful partnerships in the civil sector.

Zmicier Subtselny

In the opinion of Zmicier Subtselny, General Secretary of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs, problems on local or national level mainly can be solved today in a trilateral cooperation: civil society organizations that offer creative solutions and can act as volunteers; government agencies and institutions that own certain administrative resources; international organizations that often provide financial resources to governmental and non-governmental organizations, share modern experience and expert assistance.

Mutual interests lead to new partnerships, - noted Mr. Subtselny, giving an example of the Mara project implemented by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in cooperation with educational and health institutions that is aimed at providing teenagers with access to specialized HIV testing services. The slogan of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO clubs - Opportunities for everyone - today applies to a range of projects and programmes of Belarusian and international voluntary and language summer camps, youth exchanges and trainings held both in Belarus and the European Union, all of which are implemented by the Association in cooperation with international and Belarusian partners.


Addressing participants of the event, Natallia Zhak, programme manager for the International Organization for Migration in Belarus pointed out that in 2005, a network of partner civil society organizations was created within the framework of migration and human trafficking prevention projects.
In 2007, with the help of IOM the International training centre for training, advanced training and retraining in the field of migration and human trafficking was created on the basis of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus and has operated successfully since then.


Representatives of the Belarusian State University of Information and Radioelectronics Student Council, created in August 2015, discussed how for the first time they used their own resources to organize an international exchange programme for students of their university, in which 45 students will take part as soon as in April 2016. According to Illya Lisun, who is in charge for the international cooperation sector in the BSUIR Student Council, at the moment they look for their own partners among IT companies for educational events on economics and joint projects. For example, the student body cooperates with Kino-mo, a Belarusian startup popular in Britain, and with the support of Council of Europe joined the No Hate youth campaign.

Darya Milko (left), Illya Lisun (right) - BSUIR Student Council (Minsk)

During the training "From Problems To Project Ideas" Hanna Baranouskaya, "Clearing House" programme consultant talked about methods of developing projects with civil society and public local and international organizations.


Participants of the seminar "Ways to Build Effective Partnership to Reach Common Goals" included the City Without Drugs civil society organization, Children Are Not For Violence international public organization, Educational Committee of Minsk State Executive Committee and other institutions.

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