Green Hot Line

  • BelarusCountry
  • The United Nation Democracy Found (UNDEF)Donor
  • ENGLanguage
  • environmentembracing community NGOscapacity buildingTopics

The Applicant/ Leader (in English)

Green Network (GN)   

Background of the applicant

Green Network is a co-coordinating body of Climate Action Network of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, which includes 30 CSOs in 10 countries. As part of Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership EU initiative Green Network has been actively involved in the WG3 “Environment, Climate Change and Energy Security” activities and coordinated WG in 2011/2012 and 2015/2016. GN is also member of European EcoForum. 

Other Grants 

SIDA (Maria Myrman, maria.myrman@sida.se); DANIDA (Karin Nielsen, karnie@um.dk); REC (funds by SIDA, contact in REC – Tsvetelina Filipova, TFilipova@rec.org); MFA of Norway (contact in “Norges Naturvernforbundet” - Dag Hoystad, dah@naturvernforbundet.no) 

Operational Buget

$250,000 - $500,000 

Applicant's email & phone

suhisha@gmail.com 

+375297778111  

Applicant's legal status & registration data

NGO

2011

Contact Person for this Project

Key Contact

Prefix

 

Mrs.

Name of Key Contact

 

Irina Sukhy

Title of Key Contact

 

head of advocacy department

Phone of Key Contact

 

+375297778111

Email of Key Contact

 

suhisha@gmail.com

Project Summary

Green Network creates a direct link between active citizens and local action groups interested in solving concrete environmental issues in their daily lives. The project builds capacities, develops and promotes successful algorithms for citizen groups, provides access to experts and ensures sustainability of project results through lasting availability of information, a support network and a platform for crowdfunding. 

Amount Requested, state the currency

$ 223,000    

Background Outline & Justification

Authoritarian power tends to be not interested neither in making negotiations with citizens nor in taking into account opinions of its citizens in decision-making processes on important environmental issues. There is no monitoring and publicity on cases of violation of laws by governmental bodies during decision-making processes in field of law for healthy environment. Belarus is party of Aarhus convention which can be used to developed "environmental " democracy in the country. 

n Belarus the public opinion is irrelevant in decision-making processes in general and on environmental issues in particular. Several Belarusians experience violations of their right to a healthy environment. Protests emerge sometimes, but are often ineffective. Most citizens do not even try to influence the decision-making processes and do not defend their right to a healthy environment, because:
• they do not know about their right to participate in environmental decision-making (in accordance with the Constitution and the Aarhus Convention, ratified in 1999);
• only few legal and technical experts are willing and able to support them;
• media do not report on citizen initiatives, no education on democratic decision-making is provided and info on environmental impacts of projects/decisions is usually (too) late;
• of a lack of capacities to influence local decision-making and limited experience in successfully co-creating (local) decisions, both for authorities and citizens;
• Belarusian authorities have an authoritarian style and are not familiar with public participation.

This project will create successful examples of public participation and will developed legal mechanizes and good practice of it use to help developing of democracy in the country.  

Target groups & final beneficiaries:

CSO & Community of Practice    

Overall objective or goal

Increased active citizenship in Belarus through facilitating public participation, developing and promoting local democratic mechanisms in the Brest, Gomel, Minsk and Vitebsk Oblasts.    

Outcomes or long-term results of the project:

Outcome 1 - Local environmental issues get solved by active citizens using local democratic mechanisms

Outcome 2 - Increased public participation in environmental decision-making

Outcome 3 - Belarusian legal environment for active citizenship is extended

Outputs or immediate project products or results:

Outputs for Outcome 1 -1.1 50-60 local activists trained on advocacy/campaigning.

1.2 10-12 citizen groups supported in solving environmental issues. 
1.3 Crowd-funding platform developed and fully functional.
1.4 Increased networking and skills of local action groups.

Outputs for Outcome 2 - 2.1 An effective Green Hotline for citizens needing info/expertise for solving environmental issues.

2.2 A searchable database featuring all relevant experts willing and able to assist citizens.
2.3 Algorithms of successful processes of Belarusian local activists publicly available as models.

Outputs for Outcome 3 -3.1 A minimum of 10 concrete proposals for improving the local legal framework in BY, enabling extended democracy and public participation in environmental decision-making.

3.2 Increased understanding of local authorities of public participation.
3.3 Increased public awareness in Brest, Gomel, Minsk and Vitebsk regions on active citizenship.

Performance Indicators for Outcome 1

 

Increased public involvement in solving environmental issues – 10-12 examples
Financial sustainability of citizen groups increased (>50,000 USD raised)
Number of users, projects, visitors on crowdfunding platform
Number of trained activists – 50-60
Media attention – 35 refs

Performance Indicators for Outcome 2

 

Quantity of requests at Hotline - >100/month
Number of experts supporting citizens - >150
.

Performance Indicators for Outcome 3

 

Increased democratic procedures in 4 oblasts - 50% of proposed improvements accepted
Improved Aarhus Convention application – 5 complaints researched

Description of the activities

1.1. 4*2-day workshops to 4*15-18 activists in 4 oblasts
1.2. 10-12 local environmental cases solved by supporting active citizens
1.3. Crowdfunding platform researched, developed, promoted
1.4. 2-day closure conference
2.1. Green Hotline set-up & promoted. Regular training of activists working at the Hotline. Monitoring quantity&quality of calls
2.2. Developing of expert database and algorithms of successful local action; Organize 4 expert skill-share meetings with legal and technical experts supporting environmental activism
2.3. Improve and upgrade existing website: increased inter-activeness and all algorithms of successful action available
3.1 Develop & propose 10 improvements of legislation
3.2 8 roundtables with local authorities to promote public participation understanding international study tour for local authorities and citizens
3.4 Awareness raising campaigns in 4 regions promoting active citizenship    

Project monitoring & evaluation

Evaluation is done internally based on attendance lists; Internet statistics for social media & website; training material, agendas and evaluation forms for workshops & study tour. External evaluation by an external expert, both midterm and final. A final evaluation report will assess project implementation, its effectiveness & usefulness, participants’ involvement, its organizational and financial sides. The report discusses the project's sustainability    

Project sustainability

The project formula guarantees its sustainable results. The project formula guarantees its sustainable results, support mechanism for citizens (Green Hotline) for effective public participation will be set up, crowdfunding platform will give possibility to raise money for solving environmental problems with local( Belarus) resources. The Applicant will also seek other funds to support this work. 

Cross-cutting issues & project & added-value & gender & environmental & PWDs & innovation employed

Gender considerations are taken into account in the project design

The project covers BY citizens in the broadest sense, including men and women. It is crucial to underline that the needs and opportunities differ for men and women. Therefore, the gender aspect is very important and will be taken into account during the planning, implementation and evaluation of each activity to give equal possibility for participation for men and women.

The needs of marginalized or vulnerable groups are taken into account in the project design.

According to the UNDP Strategy in Belarus, the most efficient way to reduce poverty and to improve the living conditions for Belarussian people is to contribute to making this country a more open society, with democratic and market economy values. The proposed project aims at increased local democracy and active, responsible citizenship, thus promoting the UNDEF strategy. Project will have a special focus on the regions which suffered from Chernobyl.

Budget

Activity 1

 

4*2-day workshops to 4*15-18 activists in 4 oblasts

Activity 2

 

10-12 local environmental cases solved by supporting active citizens

Activity 1 - Amount in US$

 

$ 18,000

Activity 2 - Amount in US$

 

$ 60,000

           

Activity 3

 

Crowdfunding platform researched, developed, promoted

Activity 4

 

2-day closure conference

Activity 3 - Amount in US$

 

$ 41,000

Activity 4 - Amount in US$

 

$ 5,000

           

Activity 5

 

Green Hotline set-up & promoted. Regular training of activists working at the Hotline. Monitoring quantity&quality of calls

Activity 6

 

Developing of expert database and algorithms of successful local action, Organise 4 expert skill-share meetings with legal and technical experts supporting environmental activism

Activity 5 - Amount in US$

 

$ 24,000

Activity 6 - Amount in US$

 

$ 13,000

           

Activity 7

 

Improve and upgrade existing website: increased inter-activeness and all algorithms of successful action available

Activity 8

 

Develop & propose 10 improvements of legislation

Activity 7 - Amount in US$

 

$ 9,000

Activity 8 - Amount in US$

 

$ 10,000

           

Activity 9

 

8 roundtables with local authorities to promote public participation understanding,1 international studytour with local authorities and citizens

Activity 10

 

Awareness raising campaigns in 4 regions promoting active citizenship

Activity 9 - Amount in US$

 

$ 25,000

Activity 10 - Amount in US$

 

$ 18,000

           

Total Project Costs (TPC)

 

$ 223,000.00

     

Project Budget by Item

Professional project personnel, administrative personnel and all other staff costs for general project management

Salaries - Amount in US$

 

$ 44,000

           

Transportation and per diem (meals and accommodation) for project management team and participants traveling to activities (e.g. workshops or training sessions).

Travel - Amount in US$

 

$ 6,000

           

Commercial/consultancy services, translation, providers, etc.

Contractual services/consultants - Amount in US$

 

$ 60,000

           

Rental of premises, refreshments, banners, public address systems, interpretation, travel, hotels and meals, resources

Workshops, Meetings, and Seminars - Amount US$

 

$ 25,000

           

IT equipment, project support equipment (e.g. TV, radio equipment, printer)

Project Equipment/Hardware - Amount in US$

 

$ 4,000

           

Publications, pamphlets, brochures, print media, websites, broadcasts

Outreach - Amount in US$

 

$ 24,000

           

Fellowships, Grants,Study tours & others

 

$ 50,000

           

Stationery, communications, postage, insurance, maintenance, utilities

Miscellaneous - Amount in US$

 

$ 5,000

           

Certification of reports on the use of funds by an independent auditor/accountant

Audit - Amount in US$

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$ 5,000

           

Total Project Costs (TPC)

 

$ 223,000.00

Original full proposal