Informācija par Latvijas attīstības sadarbības prioritārajām valstīm
Latvia's assistance to Belarus
In 2005, the NGOs Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO) and the association Open Belarus organised a visit by Belarusian regional media and NGO representatives to Latvia, with the aim of introducing them to various items of significance for the state and community: the role of the media and NGOs in the state, Latvia-Belarus economic relations, as well as the protection of civil rights. In the same year LATO and the Latvian Transatlantic Youth Club started an information campaign "For a Free Belarus!".
In 2006, the EU issued an invitation to its Member States to offer opportunities for young Belarusians to study at EU higher education institutions. Latvia sponsored scholarships to three Belarusian students for studies at the University of Latvia, the Riga Technical University and the Baltic International Academy.
Duration of the project: 1 September 2006 – 31 January 2007.
Project objective: to render Latvia's contribution to the formation of civil society and the development of democratic values in Belarus.
As part of the project, opportunities were provided for three Belarusian students to continue education in their chosen subject in Latvia, as well as for the involvement of Belarusian students in the work of non-governmental organisations (Open Belarus, LATO, The Youth Council of Latvia), which focus their activities on the enhancement of civil society in Belarus and on the promotion of democratic processes.
Funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget earmarked for development co-operation: LVL 3,575.
In 2007, in accordance with "The Development Co-operation Policy Plan", Latvia considerably stepped up its assistance to Belarus. Projects were implemented for the promotion of regional co-operation and the transfer of experience to the Belarusian side, for environmental protection and contacts with the Association of Independent Historians of Belarus, which was followed by the publication of their article in the Diena newspaper. In the NGO sector, support was provided for the Women's Independent Democratic Movement of Belarus. A project with the aim of facilitating vocational training of Belarusian specialists and students was also initiated. Development co-operation projects in Belarus. In 2007, six projects were launched or implemented in Belarus, for a total amount of LVL 41,836.61.
In 2008 a programme of professional education for support to civil society in Belarus was implemented (project realisation by the association "Līdere", the Rīga Law School, and the Rīga Economics Higher School, as well as the Belarus student study project (realised by the Rīga Technical University – Riga Business School).
In 2008, procedures for the allocation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs funding for fact-finding missions in the areas defined by the Development Co-operation Policy Plan were put into place. This year, LVL 25,000 has been earmarked for the Embassy of Latvia in Belarus. NGOs, the private sector, social partners, and representatives from local authority and state institutions can submit project applications. Any association, foundation, company, public institution or local authority registered in the Republic of Latvia may submit applications for funding.
The Latvian Embassy in Belarus supervises the Development Co-operation project by the "Women's Independent Democratic Movement" and the Rīga Law School. One of the 2008 Development Co-operation projects implemented by the Latvian Embassy in association with Belarus experts was a study on the actual processes of the Belarus economy.
Within the framework of the grants project competition the right to implement a project was awarded to the association "Club – Home and Youth for a United Europe".
Development cooperation projects in 2007.
Development cooperation projects in 2008.
Development cooperation projects in 2009.