What Do Belarusians Think? Citizens Find the Work of Belarusian NGOs Useful, but Are Hardly Aware of Their Activities

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What Do Belarusians Think? Citizens Find the Work of Belarusian NGOs Useful, but Are Hardly Aware of Their Activities

January 31, 2020
What Do Belarusians Think? Citizens Find the Work of Belarusian NGOs Useful, but Are Hardly Aware of Their Activities

The Pact-sponsored 2019 Annual Belarus Public Opinion Survey once again shows that the Belarusian civil society cannot boast of high public recognition. However, some groups of organizations are able to break out of obscurity. As awareness of NGOs increases, citizens’ attitudes toward them become more positive.

This piece is a part of a series of analytical articles based on the 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.

Summary findings:

  • Most Belarusians are not aware of NGOs’ activity. The visibility of government-organized non-governmental organizations (GONGOs) is slightly higher.
  • Charities, youth, and environmental organizations are among the most known NGOs. Cultural and educational NGOs, independent research centers and trade unions do not even surpass the 5% threshold of recognition.
  • The more people know about NGOs, the more likely they are to trust them and find their work useful.

Please follow the link to read the analytical article in English and Russian

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