ODB together with its Minsk-based partner OEEC conducts different trainings and info-days for civil society organisations in the capital and all six regional centers across Belarus.

What’s for?
To inform Belarusian CSOs about the existing capacity building opportunities, train them in project development, put an emphases on the promotion of European values through EU support programmes, elaborate on cross-cutting aspects such as gender equality, environmental security, and human rights protection. Training and information sessions address among others the following challenges faces by local CSOs:

•    Low level of organisational development and limited capacity to participate in EC calls for proposals;
•    Confusion in understanding EU terminology and low awareness of the values that the European Union is promoting through its programmes;
•    Inability of regional CSOs to implement projects at local level on their own;
•    Need for new partnerships, both at national and international levels;

Through participation in more than 30 training events, representatives of 400 CSOs have already increased their competences in project development, raised their awareness of the existing mechanisms of EU support to Belarus and overcame their fears of working with EU programmes.

Please, follow our announcements on the upcoming training and information sessions.

Mon, 2014-12-08 13:22

Fundraising is a relatively new phenomenon in Belarus. Only a few people are now professionally doing fundraising for social projects or non-commercial organisations. Maksim Podberezkin, Clearing House programme coordinator, claims that any skilled person can be a fundraiser in Belarus, you don't have to be a “superman” to do this.

What is fundraising?

Fri, 2014-11-14 12:07

For three and a half years of working within the Clearing House programme, we and our consultants studied the needs and difficulties faced by Belarusian NGOs. One of them is the lack of new ideas and tools for addressing the issues of target groups. Most often it happens due to lack of interaction with them. Identifying the real needs and priorities of local communities is not an easy task. However, there are methods that help to more objectively identify problems and determine the highest priority of them for your target group, and therefore make future project more efficient, and its results -- sustainable. It is with this purpose that we decided to hold our event. So, on October 18-19 in Minsk, within the Clearing House programme we conducted a training on methodologies of participatory community appraisal and planning and their application by non-profit organisations. 

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:05

Creation of new projects in the field of non-formal education and social "inclusion" of youth - these are the results of the partnership building events in Brest and Minsk which took place on 11-12 September 2014 in the framework of the Clearing House programme. About 50 Belarusian organisations took part in the meetings. Together with colleagues from Armenia, Slovenia, Estonia, France, Turkey many of them have already started to discuss future joint projects.

Wed, 2014-10-29 02:05

In July the Clearing House team intensified its presence in the regions of Belarus. Two information days combined with sectoral discussion meetings were held in Brest and Grodno for representatives of non-profit organisations, local authorities and mass media. Within information days “European support opportunities for Belarusian organisations: how to prepare a successful project” representatives of Brest and Grodno communities got practical advice on preparation of a project application for European calls for proposals, while the sectoral discussion meetings were focusing on “Gender as a cross-cutting issue in European projects and programmes”.

Fri, 2014-10-17 16:16

Last year within the framework of the Organisation Development Fair the Clearing House consultants organised a master-class “Fingers crossed: How to prepare a successful project”. The Third Organisation Development Fair for Belarusian non-profit organisations and initiatives will take place in Minsk on October, 31.

Wed, 2014-10-15 16:13

In September the Clearing House team has been active in organising and conducting information days for the civil society sector. Within the scope of the meetings, implementation of cross-border cooperation programmes, peculiarities of new education programme “Erasmus Plus” and fellowship opportunities were discussed.

Wed, 2014-06-25 15:19

On 24-25 June, 10 Belarusian CSOs worked hard at the Clearing House seminar to improve their skills in preparing project proposals under the calls of the European Commission. Together with a highly qualified trainer, they tried to analyze what issues are the most pressing for their communities, how to choose the right project strategy, plan activities, develop the logical framework and, finally, how to properly manage a programme!

Mon, 2014-03-31 15:52

Our activities in the period: 19.09.2013-18.03.2014

For six months of the project duration the ODB in cooperation with its local partner OEEC have provided the following services for Belarusian CSOs.

  • Conducted information and training activities (information days, trainings, workshops)
  • Providied consultations to civil society organizations
  • Organised meetings of the CH Advisory Board, as well as Implementers meeting


Thu, 2014-03-06 15:25

We are finalising the second phase of the Project: ‘Clearing House: Ensuring Sustainability’ (CH)  which is implemented by the Office for a Democratic Belarus (Brussels, Belgium) in cooperation with the Office for European Expertise and Communication (Minsk, Belarus) and supported by the European Commission.

Fri, 2014-01-31 13:02

The Clearing House team continues its series of regional trainings aimed at building capacity of local CSOs.  A meeting “How to Develop and Implement a Successful Project” was held on 28 January 2014 in Brest bringing together  organisations from Kobryn, Belaazerk, Malaryta, and other towns of the region. 

It was clear from the very beginning that the number of applicants would exceed the amount of participants we were able to accommodate. In general, based on our experience up to date the greater demand for such services is observed in the Brest and Homel Regions, with the number of applicants twice surpassing the number of places available.

Altogether more than 30 CSO representatives from different organisations took part in the meeting. The hand-out materials prepared by local experts and the CH consultants will be also sent to those organisations whose applications we regrettable had to reject. The agenda of the event had been previously tested in Homel, Mahilioiu, and Hrodna, and adjusted with regards to the local needs and specifics.

One of the aims of such events is to help the smaller organisations from the regions to overcome psychological barriers that prevent them from participating in the Commission’s Calls for proposals. Additionally, such meetings facilitate establishing contacts between different CSOs, demonstrate the examples of successful project implementation from their region and offer counselling support of the professionally trained consultants.