The US-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program (CSPP) seeks to produce positive change in the lives of citizens in the US and Russia through meaningful exchanges of ideas and best practices among organizations from both countries. Participants gather in working groups to design and implement innovative projects across eleven thematic areas including business ethics and compliance, child protection, community development, education and youth, protection of flora and fauna, gender equity, higher education, rule of law and the community, collaborative media, migration, and public health.
The working groups gather at an annual conference to establish joint priorities and identify specific means to work in partnership toward their realization.
On a broader scale, CSPP also holds an open competition to support additional joint projects implemented through peer-to-peer partnerships across the two countries.
CSPP was launched in May 2011 following two US-Russia Civil Society Summits held in 2009 and 2010, during which Russian and US civil society experts recognized the need for greater collaboration across a broad array of thematic topics.
The first CSPP conference took place in November 2011 in Moscow, where civic actors explored their capacities for collaboration and crafted initial plans for their respective Working Groups by identifying priority areas for joint projects.
The second conference took place in November 2012 in Washington, DC, during which CSPP members participated in a talk show co-hosted by Vladimir Pozner and Phil Donahue that was reminiscent of the historic space bridges conducted by the two journalists in the 1980s. During the conference, participants developed creative projects geared toward achievement of greater collaboration in established Working Group priority areas.
On April 30, 2012 CSPP announced six winners of its first Linkage project competition. Through these partnership projects, implementers carried out a diverse range of activities, including exchanges of best practices among professionals working with at-risk children, training modules for community experts and local entrepreneurs in sustainable development techniques, and evaluation of compliance practices involving timber supply chains from Russia to the US. The next round of Linkage project winners will be announced on September 9, 2013.
CSPP’s Steering Committee meets quarterly, providing essential guidance on strategy, principles, and decision-making to the program. Initially CSPP was implemented jointly by Eurasia Foundation in Washington, D.C. and New Eurasia Foundation in Moscow. Since June 2013 Eurasia Foundation is the singular implementer of the program.
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