The paper presents the analysis of the sector of social service of the Republic of Belarus with a special focus at the key actors of the sector. The analysis of the sector of social service for the population of the Republic of Belarus is one of the sectoral analyses performed by the “Office for the European Expertise and Communications”.

Effective social service is the prerequisite for the development of society in any country. Beside the assistance to the people who due to some reasons find themselves in a situation where they cannot ensure themselves a normal (as viewed by the society) life, it also implies activities to prevent such situations.

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Infographic presenting the results of the survey is available in English.

Theory and practice of advocacy are well studied in democratic countries, while in Belarus their systematic study is only at its initial stage. In this country advocacy exists predominantly in the form of individual cases rather than widespread practice and does not make it possible to identify its development trends.

Advocacy is in the making, so tracing and describing advocacy development trends is not an easy task. Advocacy, however, may yield positive results in the context of Belarus. There are at least three examples of successful national campaigns over the past five years: promotion of the mechanism of contracting NGO social services by the state, accession to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and a campaign for the conservation of peatlands. However, more often even the organizers of campaigns have difficulty in assessing success of these campaigns.

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Infographic presenting the results of the survey is available in English.

The analysis of the sector of civil society youth organizations, including the role and influence of their environment, is one of the sectoral analyses that the Office for European Expertise and Communications (OEEC) has been conducting since 2012. The aim of this analysis is to summarize the existing expert and scientific data regarding the development of specific sectors of the Belarusian civil society, and complement it with quantitative and qualitative studies of the aspects, which have not been studied so far.

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OEEC expresses its appreciation to the non-profit organization Pact for the idea of conducting periodic analysis of civil society sectors in Belarus, and for its support in the development of the methodic and methodological basis of sectoral analyses.

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Infographic presenting the results of the survey is available in English.

The survey of the sphere of organizational development (OD) of civil society organizations is one of the sectoral surveys conducted by the Office for European Expertise and Communications (OEEC) since 2012. The aim of this survey is to summarize existing expertise and research data regarding the development of specific sectors of the Belarusian civil society, and expand it by adding own quantitative and qualitative research regarding the aspects, which have remained unexplored so far.

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54.5% of experts constantly use data of sectoral analysis and are willing to expand the research base of the sector. «Office for European expertise and communication» is delighted to present evaluation report on the influence of the analytical document «Analysis of gender equality sector of the Republic of Belarus» on the situation in the sector.

Lyudmila Bliznyuk, consultant of the International educational association «ACT», has studied how analysis affected key processes within the sector and the organizations. She also indicated topics for further study. (далее…)

On November 17 the youth organisations and organizations targeting youth were invited to discuss the preliminary results of the analysis of the Belarusian youth sector. The sectoral analysis was made by the research team of the Centre for European Transformation (CET).

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On September 10, 2014, in Minsk took place a presentation of analysis of the civic society sector, in which non-profit business associations of entrepreneurs operate. The analysis is prepared by independent experts commissioned by the educational organization “Office for European Expertise and Communications”.

“One of our work’s primary targets is strengthening a potential of Belarusian civic society, — says “Office for European Expertise and Communication” director Svetlana Zinkevich. – We divide civic society into subsectors, each having its own aims, targets and demands. This analysis is fruitful for the actors from different sectors, for government and for organizations that are searching for local to consider it in their work, as for targeting priorities in sector’s development.” (далее…)

Only 1,2% of Belarusian population in age from 14 and older are involved in civic education programs that are put in practice by the Belarusian non-governmental organizations. These are results of the analysis of the civic education sector in Belarus that was prepared in 2013 by the “Office for European expertise and communication” (Minsk) and “Office for democratic Belarus” (Brussel).

“Today more than 40 NGOs are working in the civic education sector. In spite of legal base in Belarus that doesn’t forbid non-governmental organizations to participate in civic education processes, cases of their inclusion in lists of executors of governmental programs are rare”, remark the authors.

“Office for European Expertise and Communications” is pleased to present an extended version of the gender sector analysis in Belarus. For the last six months a team of experts has been adding more verified data to the text of the analysis to make it more precise. “Office for European Expertise and Communications” is grateful to the organizations and experts for the information provided.

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Regional and local development for the purposes of this study is a broad range of social, environmental, and economic processes at the level of subnational entities (oblasts, districts, towns, cities, rural settlements). A general simplified way to find out the situation with regional and local development is to ask local people the question «So, how are things with you here?»

An view from outside, experts’ opinions, scientific analysis, comparing indicators with other regions make it possible to obtain a more accurate picture of local development, and use this information as a basis for identifying areas for improvement.

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