Photo: Institute of Public Administration and Management (IGSU) RANEPA /

Photo: Institute of Public Administration and Management (IGSU) RANEPA /

In the first decade of October, at the site of the Institute of Civil Service and Management (IGSU) of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Civil Service (RANEPA) under the President of the Russian Federation, a competition of socially significant projects within the framework of cross-border cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan “Leaders’ Choice” was held in a face-to-face format. The event was organized by the ISSU, the North-South political science center, the Ural-Eurasia expert club, and the Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan.

For two days, representatives of Russian and Kazakh non-profit organizations (NPOs), as well as Kazakh public organizations from Nur-Sultan, Akmola, Kostanay, Pavlodar and other regions of the republic presented their projects in the field of social work, volunteering and the preservation of cultural monuments. The quality and relevance of the projects was assessed by an authoritative jury, which included representatives of state bodies (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Rossotrudnichestvo, Rosmolozhye) and public organizations of Russia and Kazakhstan.

Achieve important social results together

Opening the event, and. O. Ruslan Korchagin, Director of the Institute of Civil Service and Management (IGSU), RANEPA, noted that the systemic development of interaction between non-profit organizations dealing with socially significant problems is one of the important directions of the presidential academy.

“Today’s competition, which brought together socially significant projects of Russia and Kazakhstan on one platform, is another important step, which involves not only an effective exchange of knowledge and work technologies, but also building further lines of cooperation between public organizations of our countries. It is very important that issues of joint educational programs aimed at increasing the competence of representatives of the non-profit sector are also discussed here. There are well-established mechanisms, approaches to project activities, and this experience must be mastered. This will allow us to work more efficiently and jointly achieve important social results, ”Ruslan Korchagin emphasized.

In her welcoming speech, the Chairperson of the Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan, Banu Nurgazieva, highlighted the role of NGOs in the life of modern society. “As you know, now in Kazakhstan the concept of a“ hearing state ”proposed by our President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is being practically implemented. The main task of the “hearing state” is to hear the people. And the non-profit sector is a bridge between the people and government bodies. “

The chairman of the largest non-profit association of the republic recalled that Russia and Kazakhstan have the largest common border in the world. “Our good-neighborly relations are historically established and even backed up by state treaties. And most importantly, the friendship of our peoples is aimed at common values. If there is mutual understanding between us, then there will be prosperity and well-being of the countries. In this regard, the current competition for socially significant projects is very important for all of us, ”summed up Banu Nurgazieva.

It should be noted that the participants in the competition had excellent incentives. Firstly, the best projects selected by the jury will automatically be shortlisted for presentation in November 2021 at the X Civil Forum of Kazakhstan, where they will be able to compete for funding. Secondly, the meeting at the IGSU RANEPA site became an excellent opportunity to find partners, including for the development and implementation of subsequent projects in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Photo: Institute of Public Administration and Management (IGSU) RANEPA /

Photo: Institute of Public Administration and Management (IGSU) RANEPA /

“Granny. Online “in Kazakhstan

As a result of the two-day presentation, four projects each from Russia and Kazakhstan became winners. For example, the jury members unanimously supported the idea of ​​the Civil Alliance of Kostanay region to create a museum of the outstanding Kazakh scientist and researcher, Russian officer Shokan Valikhanov in the place of his birth – the village of Kuntime. It was decided that the creation of such an “Open-Air Museum” could not only become a “brand” of the republican level, but also initiate the formation of a large historical and tourist project capable of uniting several countries at once – Kazakhstan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan, closely related to the name of Valikhanov …

Another winner was the project proposed by the Kazakhstani Public Association “Atamnyn Amanaty” (the NGO is looking for materials in the archives and on the battlefield of the Great Patriotic War). Its essence is in uniting the efforts of Russian and Kazakh search engines in preserving the memory of the common contribution of the peoples of the USSR to the Victory and developing a general plan of measures.

Among the laureates of the competition from Kazakhstan is the project of the Civil Alliance of Akmola region to create a Center for the preservation and development of human capital in the non-profit sector “From self-giving to self-preservation: A new starting point” (it is designed to take care of preserving and strengthening the mental and moral well-being of employees of non-profit organizations) and the idea Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan on strengthening the role of public control in bordering countries.

As for the winners from Russia, they were the Moscow Internet platform “Living Heritage” (National Map of Local Cultural Brands of Russia. Top-1000 Cultural Brands Competition), projects of the Alliance of Social-Oriented NGOs of the Tyumen Region “Social Technological Initiative” and the Kurgan Union of Journalists “Virgin land in the historical memory of Russia and Kazakhstan.”

About the fourth laureate – the volunteer project “Grandmother. Online ”(Moscow), implemented with the support of the All-Russian Popular Front, I would like to say separately. The project was a response to epidemiological restrictions that have severely affected the morale of residents of nursing homes. Deprived of connection with the outside world, older people are faced with a number of problems associated with a sense of loneliness and their own uselessness.

Today “Grandma. Online ”is 37 creative meetings for grandparents on the Internet, 21 thousand participants from 65 Russian regions, that is, the project has a truly all-Russian scale. So the fact is that the result of the presentation was an agreement that boarding houses and nursing homes in Kazakhstan will be connected to it.

“Our colleagues from Kazakhstan warmly supported“ Babushka. Online “, we heard many words of gratitude to the Popular Front,” said Anna Dianova, head of the ONF project management department. – It’s good that today we talked in person, we immediately managed to agree on participating in the broadcasts of the project of Kazakhstani long-term care institutions. There will be even more of us, and it pleases. “

And in conclusion, the main thing. In the competition for socially significant projects within the framework of cross-border cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan, the winners have been selected, but there are no losers. By and large, we all won.

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