Social Land Ownership
Land Reform Act Part 2
Institute for Social and Humanistic Initiatives (ISHI)
An NGO in Archangelsk. Northern Russia - Established 1998.
Gleb Tiurin (December 2000) Director of ISHI
Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org (Our Internet
page will appear soon)
The ISHI is working with the problems of local development in the rural
districts of Archangelsk region. As with many parts of Russia the North is notable for its
dramatic social and economic problems.
One of the worst signs of the crisis is a mass disability and unwillingness of people
to take initiatives. As in Soviet times, when everything was strictly instructed and ruled
from above, many people are waiting for decisions to be made for them from top down.
We try to assist people in learning how to survive by themselves; especially in how to
co-operate and to self-govern their local communities. This really is a big challenge for
a post-communist (post-totalitarian) society.
We have developed a programme of activities aimed at the support and development
of local initiatives. This programme was introduced to the authorities and is supported by
the Regional Government. The programme includes:
|Help in creation of groups for local development. |
|Providing local groups with trainers-facilitators who can enable their work. |
|Establishing relationships between local groups and municipalities and state power,
lobbying their interests on the municipal and regional levels. |
|Providing local groups and municipalities with various educational and consulting
services (work in circles, training, seminars, round tables, so on) |
|Help in implementation of concrete plans and projects, in fundraising (creation of a
fund of mini-grants) |
|Accumulation and introduction of existing examples of positive experiences of local
development (historic and modern, Russian and from abroad). |
|Carrying out sociological and other studies showing the real situation in the community,
creation and upholding different data bases on local communities. |
|Carrying out evaluation and description of local resources and assets |
|Supplying local societies with necessary information, publishing a newspaper on the
items of local development which also represent news from districts collected via a
network of correspondents. Website on local development. |
|Developing international co-operation in the field of local development at the
grassroots level. |
|Promotion of the ecological approach to local problems. |
|and some others|
We are not yet covering the whole list of these tasks, but they are our target. We
are at the beginning of the process of change. We have initiated a number of pilot
projects which led to the creation of local development groups in a dozen villages. The
process of change has begun.
Our programme will be carried out gradually as a number of consecutive steps
(minor projects). The first are:
This year, with the support of Archangelsk Regional Administration, we have
started a project to prepare a manual on local (rural) development.This will provide
a basic vision and will help village people to find answers for such questions as:
- "Local development leaders' club", seminars, a Fund of support
- The work of trainers-facilitators with practical projects in villages.
- Information Agency (spreading info on local development through local newspapers)
|What is local development? |
|What is a Local Development group? |
|What is its mission? |
|How to start an LD group and make its work sustainable|
We are looking for partnership with everybody involved in
local development. We are ready to listen to (and steal
from) anyone who can say something worthwhile. We consider that consolidation of efforts
and information exchange SPANing is what we need now.
For January 2001 we are arranging the Round Table "Seeking for New Ways".
This has the financial support of the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation - Russia)
in one of the rural districts of our area. We will really appreciate your participation in
any way in the process of real changes in the old rural areas of the Russian North.