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Contacts

Balazs Jarabik

country director
bjarabik@pactworld.org

Christine de Guzman

program officer
cdeguzman@pactworld.org

Pact has a distinguished civil-society portfolio based on sectoral approach, civic-business partnerships, evidence based research, communication and outreach, community interest driven grassroots.  

Pact has been one of the main international implementers of civil society development work in Belarus since 2005. Through projects funded by USAID and European donors, Pact strives to build a stronger Belarusian civil society which effectively advocates for social change. Our programs focus on building credible at home Civil-Society Organizations (CSOs), independent trade unions and media outlets, as well as fostering civic activism among population through civic education, action and capacity development work.

How We Work

Among key programmatic focus, Pact provides capacity development services to Belarusian think tanks and policy groups to support evidence-based research and communication strategies towards progressive reforms in the country.  By offering mentorship and support to grass-root initiatives and community-based groups across the country, Pact helps citizens organize around issues, take ownership of their lives and strengthens a sense of belonging to a community.

Signature Initiatives

Belarus Research Council
In 2012, Pact created the Belarus Research Council – a network of Belarusian polling agencies, think tanks, and study centers – which gathers twice a year to discuss achievements, share their research findings and develop future plans.  The project aims to build researchers’ capacity, enhance coordination between them, increase access to data by local stakeholders, improve analysis and dissemination of qualitative and quantitative research results in Belarus.

Capacity Building Marketplace
In 2009, Pact leveraged its signature approach to capacity building by creating a Capacity Building Marketplace.  A joint initiative of over 20 CSOs – and with DANIDA funding – the project is intended to create market-based mechanisms to facilitate direct relationships between donors and local CSOs, increase the quality and accessibility of capacity-building services, and decrease costs.

Belarus Reality Check
In 2012, Pact and its local partners initiated the “Belarus Reality Check”, a policy review board tasked with providing realistic context analysis and an impartial examination of key issues of the EU`s Eastern Partnership policy. The process regularly convenes a "Review Group" of analysts, diplomats, policy and decision-makers to assess the EU's foreign policy towards Belarus. 

Civil Society Leader Fellowship Program
Since 2005, Pact has organized seven annual Leadership Program events, graduating over 100 fellows from various sectors of civil society. Implemented in-country, the Fellowship program provides customized mentorship and action-based learning opportunities for civil society leaders, as well as networking and capacity development for alumni.

Community Development Fund
Administered through the Community Development Fund (CMDF), Pact provides assistance to grass-root, community-based initiatives.  The CMDF supports existing and emerging civil society groups, initiatives, and individuals to develop understanding among Belarusian citizens of taking responsibility for their own lives and encouraging active participation to improve the quality of life on a local level, the CMDF strengthens a sense of belonging and community.

Pact’s Key Partners

Pact programs have assisted “greenfield” development of civic initiatives and organization in the past 6 years, including among others Belarus Digest, Belarus Institute for Strategic Studies, Budzma campaign, Capacity Building Marketplace, Fond of Ideas,  Golden Age University, LawTrend Center for Legal Transformation, Lithuania, Office for a Democratic Belarus, Office for European Expertise and Communication, Office for the Rights of Disabilities.

Friday Report

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Stories and Highlights

Pact partner Golden Age University helps Belarus age gracefully

May 27, 2016
At age 70, Valentina Zvyarynskaya was living her life as many Belarusian seniors do. She stayed home a lot, took part in few community activities and rarely made new friends. Then she began...

Systemic change still far off, but ‘space is opening up’ for civil society improvements in Belarus, panel says

September 17, 2015
Although significant challenges remain, civil society improvements are taking place in Belarus, according to a panel of experts who spoke Sept. 1o in Washington, D.C. They described the changes as...