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Belarus Mapping & Research

"Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress" is carrying out research activities related to the general framework conditions civil society organisations face in Belarus. During 2013- 2014 research activities focused on assessing the environment in which CSOs function and operate in Belarus.

Belarus Mapping Study: "Belarus civil society organisations in cross-sectoral dialogue: experts survey"

The aim of the mapping study is to present the current state of interaction between civil society organisations (CSOs) and government agencies with regard to political decision-making in Belarus. The research reflects the existing legal and institutional framework for cross-sectoral dialogue, as well as an assessment of current cross-sectoral dialogue practices by CSOs themselves.

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This non-paper is the result of the inaugural conference held in Minsk on 26-28 March 2015. The Minsk Dialogue is a joint initiative by two Belarusian think-tanks – the Liberal Club and the Ostrogorski Centre – that aims to create a Track-II platform to address the most challenging international issues in the shared neighborhood between the European Union and Russia. The Minsk Dialogue undertakes regular expert gatherings and publications to offer up-to-date policy advice for fostering cooperation across existing dividing lines.

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Summary Conclusions

The research concept is based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, such as semi-structured interviews and focus groups. The study includes theoretical and empirical parts. The theoretical part is based on a review of analytical documents of Belarusian and international NGOs, including monitoring of changes in law and practice, as well as considering the data of the current advisory activity on CSOs’ establishment and operation in Belarus.

The empirical part of the research study includes focus groups and a standardised expert survey. The experts were leaders (managers or members of regulatory bodies) from registered and unregistered CSOs in Belarus. Each CSO was represented by one expert. The research took place from March to August 2014, including the theoretical part – from March to June 2014 and the empirical part – from April to August 2014. A total of 150 experts participated in the research: 123 CSO heads and 27 members of managerial bodies. 110 respondents (i.e. 73.3%) represented CSOs registered in Belarus and 40 (i.e. 26.7%) were from CSOs unregistered in Belarus.

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