18 September 2019

The Innosocium Foundation for the Promotion of Social Development with Roscongress Foundation’s support setting up Resource Centre for NGOs in Far East

The EEF 2019 in Vladivostok featured a thematic zone called the Building Trust Area, a unique platform that combines two of the Roscongress Foundations top focuses: the Innovation Space and the Innosocium LAB.

The main theme of the EEF 2019 was the search for new solutions to accelerate economic growth, improve peoples quality of life, develop business, and promote international cooperation. Issues concerning the work of NGOs were part of a separate programme that was held on the opening day of the EEF. The main focus of the programme was how NGOs work with business partners and sponsors. The Innosocium Foundation signed an agreement on cooperation with the Presidential Grants Fund at the EEF 2019 according to which the Foundation took charge of 10 projects for which it will provide assistance in promoting and establishing collaboration with potential business partners. Almost 230 social and cultural projects that have received presidential grants are currently being implemented in the regions of the Far East. Roughly 270 of them have already been successfully implemented.

The social agenda has been and remains a priority for the Roscongress Foundation as well as for Innosocium Foundation that was established in order to support and develop social agenda, and we are continuing our work to promote this theme as part of the Eastern Economic Forums business programme and on the sidelines of the thematic Building Trust Area platform. For us, it is extremely important to underscore the importance of creating the necessary conditions for the development of a social ecosystem in the countrys regions while paying particular attention to the Far Eastern Federal District, Roscongress Foundation CEO Alexander Stuglev said.

Organizing such platforms as the Building Trust Area at the EEF 2019 is a large-scale, ambitious, and very useful thing. I am proud that this event is taking place in our region. Its nice that the Roscongress Foundation and the Innosocium Foundation have not forgotten about us and we really want this to continue going forward. Such events and meetings provide the strength to move forward, said Elena Alexeyeva, head of a project titled Teaching Group 1 and 2 Disabled Persons How to Drive at the Federation of Sports for Persons with Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Primorye Territory. 

During the Building Trust Area programme, participants and guests discussed the most effective fundraising tools and also gained invaluable experience in preparing presentations and public speeches during a series of master classes.

The Eastern Economic Forum is the largest socioeconomic discussion platform for the Far East. Organizing a thematic space where representatives of the public, business, and government can discuss issues related to the quality of life of people living in the Far Eastern Federal District is an excellent initiative that emerged last year. The Building Trust Area platform at the EEF 2019 brought together a large number of participants and discussion topics. I am certain that the participation of NGOs from Primorye in the Forum will benefit organizations, their beneficiaries, and the entire region since NGOs are the most important drivers for the implementation of the socioeconomic development strategy as well as national and regional projects, the director of the Charity Fund Alexandra Monastyreva said.

The opening day programme was a huge event for all NGOs in the Far East and an opportunity to communicate with colleagues from other regions. This does not happen that often here since we live far away from each other. Its fantastic that we had an opportunity to listen to prominent experts speak about issues that are important to our work how to work with business, how to raise funds for projects, and how to present ourselves. Separately, I would like to note the high level of organization of the Building Trust Area platform itself. It provides an understanding that NGOs are also involved in the countrys economic and social life and that serious changes arent likely to be achieved without us. It is particularly important that some of the participants were able to gain to the Forums main platforms in the following days such as discussions on charity, education, volunteering, the EEF cultural programme, and the Far East Street exhibition, which generated a lot of new ideas for work, said Svetlana Bazhenova, the general director of the Razvitiye (Development) autonomous non-profit organization for continuing professional education and consulting.

The Roscongress Foundation and the Innosocium Foundation decided at the EEF 2019 to create the first resource centre and co-working zone for NGOs in the Far East, which will be used to hold various thematic events, meetings among NGO representatives, and other events that are essential NGOs working in the region to develop and work comfortably. The Administration of the Primorye Territory is expected to provide a site for the resource centre and co-working zone for NGOs. The Innosocium Foundation and the Roscongress Foundation will ensure the site has the necessary equipment and furniture.

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