Support for the Civil Society in Belarus

Lithuanian Diplomatic Mission in Belarus
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Over the last decade, Lithuania has consistently pursued bilateral initiatives in the development of an open civil society in Belarus paying special attention to youth, independent media, education and gender equality issues.
During the period from 2017 to 2019, the following eight projects were implemented in Belarus in cooperation with the Eastern Europe Studies Centre, European Humanities University, state institution "Grodno Exhibition Hall", some private initiatives and the Belarusian NGOs aiming at supporting the civil society: The 8th International Painters' Plenary in Grodno/Training Workshop "Contemporary Trends and Tendencies in the Development of World Art"; World Belarusian Meeting of Culture; Science and Youth in Vilnius; Support to Independent Media and Pluralism; Creative Rehabilitation for Children with Disabilities "Let's Create Together"; Promoting the Use of the Belarusian Language as One of the Elements of National Identity; Social educational photography project "PHOTOSTART"; Lithuanian and Belarusian Regional Media Cooperation. The projects aimed at strengthening Belarus' civil society and cultural identity. Target groups were students from Belarus and Belarusian diaspora, youth, children with disabilities, intellectuals, scientists, media and cultural representatives.
The main objectives of the projects were the development of the Belarusian civil society's pride in its culture, identity and history, promotion of intercultural dialogue, organisation of cultural events, which include Belarusian art exhibitions, music and/or theatre performances, presentation of cultural heritage, and public discussions with artists and scientists.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The projects contributed to supporting civil society in Belarus, strengthening independent regional media in the country, promoting Belarusian language, reducing social exclusion among young people in the Grodno region and enhancing social integration of children with disabilities.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

A total of USD 61 079 was allocated for the implementation of the projects.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
European Humanities University
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Eastern Europe Studies Centre
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Grodno Exhibition Hall
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)