THE ASSEMBLY OF NGOs — is the largest association of pro-democratic non-governmental organizations and civil initiatives in Belarus that promotes development of a democratic and legal state and influences changes in the society.
The Assembly was founded in 1997 and at the moment it unites more than 300 organizations. The Assembly also works with organizations that are not its members, but the priority attention is paid to the members of the Assembly — both registered organizations and unregistered initiatives.
The Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs has tried to get registration in Belarus three times, but due to various reasons the Ministry of Justice refused to register it. In July 2011 the Assembly was registered in Lithuania.
The Assembly contributes to the development of the member organisations and formation of the civil society in Belarus.
We are a union of civil organizations and initiatives that advocate democracy and independence of Belarus as their values for promotion and outspread of ideas of NGOs, defence of their rights and interests, assistance in formation of member organizations.
— Promotion and upholding of interests of NGOs of Belarus by solidary actions.
— Assistance in improvement of NGOs.
— Support in communication between member organizations
— Provision with information
— Support and development of initiative groups
— Monitoring, analysis and evaluation of conditions of the civil society and legal conditions.
— Freewill participation and independence of member organizations
— Noninterference of the Assembly in internal affairs of member organizations of the Assembly
— Equal rights of the members of the Assembly
— Democratic decision making procedures
— Solidarity and collaboration of the Assembly’s members in order to reach mutual goals.
The Congress of the Assembly of NGOs is the superior body of the Assembly. It is held once in 2 years. Representatives of all member organizations of the Assembly participate in it. At the Congress the Strategic Plan of the Assembly is being approved and other important decisions are being taken. Participants of the Congress discuss and approve Assembly’s Charter and introduce changes into it; elect the members of the Working Group (the governing body of the Assembly in between Congresses). The Congress makes declarations, statements and adopts other documents on behalf of the Assembly.The Congress adopts and approves the reports from the Head of the Working Group and from the Head of the Audit Committee.
Working Group (WG) of the Assembly of NGOs is the governing body of the Assembly, which operates between the Congresses. It has its meetings once in a couple of months and ensures implementation of the decisions made at the Congresses. WG members are elected at the Congress from among the representatives of member organizations of the Assembly who had been previously elected at thematic and regional round tables. WG elects a Chairman and Vice-Chairperson(s) from among the members of WG.
WG adopts documents regulating the work of the structural bodies of the Assembly and the mechanisms of their coordination according to the Charter. It approves programs and plans in the frames of the Strategic Plan of the Assembly. It decides on questions of membership of organizations in the Assembly in accordance with the Regulations of Membership in the Assembly.
The Governing Board of the Working Group of the Assembly is a body that coordinates the work of all other bodies of the Assembly, represents its interests and approves its projects. The Governing Board consists of the Chairman of the Working Group, the Vice-Chairperson/s and the Head of the Executive Bureau of the Assembly. The Chairman of the Board is the Head of the Working Group. The Governing Board works in between the sessions of the Working Groups, gathering once in 2 weeks.
The Executive Bureau of the Assembly of NGOs is the permanent executive body of the Assembly. It ensures the implementation of decisions of the Governing Board and of the Working Group of the Assembly of NGOs, as well as helps in planning the work of other structural units of the Assembly of NGOs.
SERVICES RENDERED FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NGOs
Electronic Newsletter belngo.info
Unique useful information for civil activists on programmes, projects, internships, grants proposals for NGOs and other thematic materials. It is sent twice a week.
Informational and analytical magazine for civil activists of Belarus that informs, comments the events in the third sector both in the country and abroad.
The Assembly of NGOs is represented in Facebook in the Belarusan and the English languages. Through these pages you can get information on the third sector, learn about events, announcements, discuss current problems and share your experience on-line.
Ground for Communication
The Assembly holds various discussions of burning problems in the format of round tables, conferences, NGOs forums.
Qualified legal assistance for member organizations of the Assembly and other pro-democratic NGOs of Belarus. Monitoring of civil organizations’ rights violations, informing Belarusan and international societies on violations, and publication of special literature about freedom of associations, registration, legal acts collections, etc.
Education for the Assembly’s member organizations (trainings, seminars) on the topics connected with NGOs’ activities, management, computer security, informational campaigns, etc. Consultations on work with donors, search of partners both in Belarus and abroad.
We undertake researches, expertises, monitorings of the civil sector of Belarus.