Why are Belarusians so passive? There is potential for Belarusians to become more involved in civic activism, however, they need more information about how to get involved. Belarusians also need to be convinced that their efforts matter. If you believe that the main obstacle to civic activism is Belarusians’ fear of government repressions, the data that is presented below could change your mind.
This piece is a part of a series of analytical articles based on Pact's national representative survey of the attitude of Belarusians to reforms, social contract, foreign policy, gender-related issues, civil society, media and the role of the state. The poll was conducted in August-September 2019.
- Most Belarusians are not involved in the work of NGOs or GONGOs.
- Activities organized by NGOs interest Belarusians noticeably less than public benefit initiatives organized by individual citizens and affecting their local community.
- In Belarusians’ opinion, every actor – the government, business, civil society and even the church –underperform in addressing local community issues.
- Most respondents are not averse to civic activism, but they lack self-confidence and information regarding opportunities for participation. The fear of negative consequences associated with civic activism is at the bottom of the list of reasons why Belarusians do not participate more.