Partner Profile of the Week: SCAF Belarus
Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 27, 2009
Welcome to our new partner, the Support Centre for Associations and Foundations (SCAF) in Belarus, who implemented during the pilot phase of the CSI in 2001, and who has recently joined the new phase of the CSI implementation cycle.
Support Centre for Associations and Foundations (SCAF) is a think tank and resource centre serving foundations, associations and other not-for-profit organizations to promote peace, education and civil society development. Along with 29 other internationally known Belarus think tanks and human rights organizations SCAF is a member of the National Civil Society Advisory Council recently established by the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus through recommendations by the EU, CoE and OSCE.
SCAF is particularly known through its efforts to promote dialogue in Belarus society. Its dialogue initiative started in 1999 has offered a forum for informal discussions among representatives from the official and the opposition side of Belarus as well as from NGOs, think tanks, international organizations and the diplomatic circles. According to the opinion of the OSCE Ambassador in Minsk “there are hardly any other regular fora with this high level composition from all the sectors. All participating sectors are offered the chance to explore new ideas and initiatives. Such initiatives can have a follow-up in direct talks. The informality of the talks, the regularity of the meetings, and the participation from government/parliament and opposition as well as the international community make the forum to one of the opinion building institutions in Belarus.