Draft Russian law to simplify work and reduce costs for NGOs

The government expands opportunities for NGOs by providing subsidies and cutting back on regulatory checks


The Third Forum of Social Innovation in the Regions in Moscow included a discussion of a draft law which is designed to simplify the work of NGOs and bring down costs.

At the strategic session entitled “The role of welfare NGOs in achieving national targets”, participants discussed the role of NGOs in addressing social problems linked to the country’s national targets.

How are NGOs helping to achieve national targets?

The Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly, Valentin Matvienko, commented on the need to increase awareness among the Russian population of national targets.  Currently only 7% are aware of them.  The Director of the Public Information Agency, Yelena Topolevaya, said that encouraging people to get involved in tackling social problems depends to a large extent on NGOs making the public aware of the projects they are running.  Some have been successful in this regard, in particular the charity Joy in Ageing, which provides long-term care and is helping to meet national targets in increasing the population.

Artem Shadrin, Director of the Strategic Development and Innovation Department within the Ministry of Economic Development, also commented on the need to ensure that new technologies, in managerial and technical areas, are shared across government.

Shadrin also highlighted the importance of attracting more volunteers to the work of NGOs.  He gave as an example the national Ecology Project which needs to improve its control systems and recruit personnel capable of delivering projects in the most efficient way possible.  Another initiative known as Public Activity, which falls within the national Education Project, is also trying to encourage voluntary organisations to become more involved

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