The Role of NGOs in Local Development: Latvian and Russian Cases

Ivashinenko, N.N. and Teodorovich, M.L. (2019) The Role of NGOs in Local Development: Latvian and Russian Cases. In: CIEDR 2018 The International Scientific and Practical Conference "Contemporary Issues of Economic Development of Russia: Challenges and Opportunities", pp. 369-376. (doi: 10.15405/epsbs.2019.04.41)

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The paper analyses the collaboration between different stakeholders of local development but focuses mainly on the social aspects of the process. On the one hand, economic growth without improving the population’s quality of life could not ensure sustainable development of the territory and increase the motivation of stakeholders for long-term economic activity. On the other hand, social aspects tend to be necessary conditions for achieving economic agreements and for creating new economic projects. As part of the analysis, following issues will be discussed: the trust as one of the social factors; the culture of building a dialogue between authorities, business and society; the ability of governmental and non-governmental organizations to perform the role in social resources redistributing and in enduing participants of the economic process with required social status. In contrast to numerous studies on the social development of territories, this discussion will be more focused on the micro level of the process. The NGOs do not just operate in a region but are actively involved in dialogue-based collaboration and interpersonal communications, observed by researchers. The discussion of these issues will be based on the situation in Russia and Latvia, the two post-Soviet countries with the partly common historical background, but the significantly different development of social institutions nowadays. A special aspect of the discussion is the role of civil society in the development of small areas, which is the European Union for Latvia’s province and federal state bodies for small Russian towns.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ivashinenko, Dr Nina
Authors: Ivashinenko, N.N., and Teodorovich, M.L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:The European Proceedings of Social & Behavioural Sciences EpSBS
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