TANDEM helps build Social Capital in Belarus
Psycho-social rehabilitation of cancer patients was one of the inspiring 9 mini-projects presented in Minsk on 12 April at the closing event of the EU funded TANDEM Project which ALDA has carried out in Belarus. Trusted local partner has been as in many previous projects the Lev Sapieha Foundation.
TANDEM has focused on cooperation for citizen participation and community development in Belarus and the other subgranted mini-projects have dealt with disabled children and orphans, agro- and eco-tourism as well as environment-friendly sustainable development. Two of the mini-projects included partnerships with local authorities in other countries. Impressive has also been the involvement of many different stakeholders in the communities concerned. Through their participation citizens have been able to build social capital demonstrated by their confidence and capacity to influence the life and development of their communities. What has been good for their communities is good for their regions and eventually also for the entire country.
The mini-projects were awarded certificates on their completion which were handed over by Miroslav Kobasa from the Lev Sapieha Foundation and Per Vinther from the ALDA Board.
The TANDEM project will be followed by TANDEM II with a similar objective which is scheduled to start in May 2013 and will include even more mini-projects with a doubling of the amount available for sub-granting. There will also be more international partnerships. TANDEM II will last for two years and include training on project management and.local self-government.