Tag archives for Belarus

“Make it social!” – Event on social entrepreneurship in Minsk in November

Please find below a report from Natallia Rameika who was granted economic support in 2014 to organise an event on social entrepreneurship. 

No business can be successful without its positive effect on the society. To create a better tomorrow the first thing an entrepreneur should think about is not the money he/she can earn but the change he/she can make. Social entrepreneurship perfectly combines these two aspects: accomplishment of social tasks and entrepreneurial approach. To understand what is social entrepreneurship and how important its development in Belarus, Belarusian SI Alumni orginised the two days seminar-training “Make It Social!” Read more » >>

Job Shadow Days held in Belarus

Please find below a report from Katsiaryna Syrayezhkina on an SI Alumni job shadowing activity held in Minsk in November:

20 mentors and 20 students participated in the Job Shadow Days during the week of November 17th, 2014 in Minsk, Belarus. This CSR initiative was implemented in cooperation with the Association of European Business.

Job Shadowing is a way to get acquainted with professions and explore career options. Students had an opportunity to accompany working professionals (mentors) for one full work day in their everyday work environment. Job shadowing also gave students a chance to ask any questions they have about the job and how to prepare for it.

SI programmes alumni in their fourth or fifth year of study (Marketing, Law, Economics / Finance, Design and Architecture students) saw the current application of what they are learning, learned firsthand from adults who have careers in a variety of occupational fields and are now able to adjust their academic plans (optional subjects, graduate thesis topic, traineeship programmes).

Mentors provided students with information on their companies’ brand and philosophy, professional opportunities within given companies, and also had an opportunity to remember why they chose their career.

17 mentors and students participated in the summing-up meeting on November 26th to exchange their impressions and short-term experience gained within Job Shadow Days.

“Gender Rights and Opportunities”, 13 November in Minsk

Please find a report below from Liudmila Fakeyeva who was granted funding to organise a local alumni event earlier this year.

The seminar Gender Rights and Opportunities was organised on November 13, 2014 in Minsk, Belarus, by SI alumni Liudmila Fakeyeva, Maryna Barouka and Alena Shushkova with support from the Swedish Institute. The partners of the workshop were the Belarusian State University and the Association of European Business in Belarus.

The seminar provided an opportunity for Swedish Institute alumni, students, NGOs and interested partners to get acquainted with best practices of implementing principles of gender equality and its benefits. Read more » >>

Invitation: Make It Social in Minsk, 15-16 November

Below is an invitation from SI Alumnus Olga Kapachenia to an interesting event taking place in Minsk:


Dear Swedish Institute Alumni and Scholarship Holders,

Belarusian SI Alumni with the support of the Swedish Institute cordially invites you to take part in the interactive two days seminar-training “Make It Social”. It will be held on November 15-16, 2014 in the Imaguru business club (Minsk, Belarus).

What is Make It Social?

Make It Social is a two days seminar-training aimed at raising awareness about the importance of developing social entrepreneurship in Belarus.

During the event the participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Discover the main idea and special aspects of social entrepreneurship;
  • Get to know how to start their own social business;
  • Find out how to run business effectively;
  • See the examples of effective social entrepreneurship in the world;
  • Hear the successful social entrepreneurs sharing their experience;
  • Ask all the related questions to the experts;
  • Discuss social problem areas in Belarus where the social entrepreneurship is most needed;
  • Try to create their own ideas and get expert evaluation of them;
  • Find partners for future business among the participants.


The first day will be devoted to the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship. Coach – an experienced entrepreneur and business trainer. On the second day participants will meet with social entrepreneurs, who successfully implement their social projects. In an informal setting they will share their experience of running business, answer all questions, evaluate the participants’ social entrepreneurship ideas and give the advices.

Who can apply?

The target group of the event is SI alumni and other active young people who are interested in social entrepreneurship and are ready to start their own socially-oriented business activity in Belarus.

How to apply?

If you’re interested, please fill out the application form. Deadline – 19.00 November 12, 2014. All registered participants will receive full information about seminar-training together with the confirmation of participation.

Be quick, because the seats are limited!

The seminar-training Make It Social is organised by Belarusian SI alumni and supported by the Swedish Institute. The partner of the event is Belarusian Youth Public Union “New Faces”. The event will be held as a part of the series of SI alumni events in Minsk.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us – newfacesbox@gmail.com.

Invitation: Seminar on Innovations in CSR, Minsk 8 October

Please find below an invitation from SI Alumnus Katsiaryna Syrayezhkina to an event on Innovations in CSR in Minsk on 8 October! This event was granted funding by the Swedish Institute in the first of two calls in 2014 for financial support to organise alumni events.

Dear Swedish Institute Alumni and Scholarship Holders,

We hereby have the pleasure to invite you to the seminar Innovations in CSR which will take place on 8 October in Minsk. The event is organised in cooperation with the Association of European Business.

To be successful and innovative today, companies must consider the social and environmental impact of their operational processes. The purpose of the seminar is to discuss significance of the innovative CSR practices and to show that CSR may be seen not just as an additional cost for the enterprise, but as something that can add value through innovation. Read more » >>