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Community Connections Forecast Russia
Country: Russia
Dates: 05.10.2005 - 11.05.2011
Web Site: http://ccf.ph-int.org/

Community Connections in Russia under the broader Forecast program IQC was administered by PH International and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Community Connections promoted public diplomacy, economic growth and the development of civil society in Russia and Eurasia through an exchange of experiences, culture and values among program participants, American families, host businesses and local communities. A practical internship program that combined seminars, workshops, site visits, and meetings with American professionals with hands-on practical internships, Community Connections provided participants with an experience lasting three to five weeks in the United States and with an American host family experience.

16.08.2011 | Novosibirsk museum professionals collaborate with American counterparts to establish the interactive museum space

According to Svetlana Kolyada participation in the Community Connections NGO Empowerment program was very important step in her life.   Svetlana is a Program Director of the School for Social Entrepreneurship within the "SMART Concept" NGO in Novosibirsk. Upon return from the exchange Svetlana talked a lot about the role of NGO in civic engagement and facilitation of public participation. One of the ideas that captivated Svetlana in the USA was creation of the interactive museum or space for kids and grown-ups such as the Magic House or City Museum in St. Louis, MO, where visitors could not only get in touch with historical heritage, but also become involved in social and cultural events organized in the museum.

14.07.2011 | Trip Report: NGO Empowerment, Novosibirsk region – St. Louis, Missouri, March – April, 2011

In March – April 2011 a group of professionals who are working on NGO governance and development from Novosibirsk region travelled to the USA to participate in the Community Connections NGO Empowerment program.  In the U.S. the group was hosted by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.

14.07.2011 | Trip report: The Role of Small and Medium Enterprises in Community Development, Northern Caucasus - Fremont, Ohio, February-March 2011

In winter of 2011, a group of 10 participants from the North Caucasus region visited the USA for the CC exchange program on the Role of Small and Medium Enterprises in Community Development. The program was carried out in Fremont, the Northwest Ohio by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. - in cooperation with the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development.
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