Friends and Partners: United States and Russia building
community on the Global Internet
"Friends and Partners" was designed to provide a framework of
information and communications services. Therefore, the focus has been to help
others develop and publish content material specific to their interests and
areas of expertise. We enjoy active cooperation now with many organizations from
the government sector, higher education, business and private industry, the
'third sector' and non-profit organizations, supra-governmental organizations
(such as NATO) and private citizens. The challenge has been to help enable
individuals from these groups become information providers and support them in
their efforts - working across a wide variety of computer platforms, levels of
network access, and computer/information literacy.
Whether dealing with such weighty topics as discussion of health care,
environmental clean-up, telecommunications policy, and economic theory;
facilitating pen pal exchange between children; helping individuals find long
lost friends and relatives; or simply better understanding how people in other
cultures live, play and work, the project has demonstrated how the global
information infrastructure (arising from the Internet) can foster new human
relationships and partnerships. The ability to transcend geographical, cultural
and political boundaries, as well as barriers of race, gender, age and handicap,
unleashes a potential for understanding and cooperation that perhaps has never
been possible on this scale before. The ability to promote and nurture community
which transcends such boundaries can yield enormous benefits.
Examples of these include the Center for Civil Society (a community of
non-governmental organizations (NGOs)), Friends and Partners in Space (devoted
to joint space activities), the FP Legal Server, the NIS Health Server, RASIN
(building an economic model in Yoryevets), Global University, Alliance of
Universities for Democracy, and several others. It is precisely by distributing
such responsibility to these "experts" that the effort can
systematically meet the needs of the various constituencies comprising the
overall Friends and Partners community.
F&P URL: http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/home.html
US-NIS On-line Projects by the Center for Civil Society International
The Center for Civil Society International acts as an information
clearinghouse for news and resources of interest to people engaged with civil
society institution-building organizations in the NIS (Newly Independent States
of the former USSR). CCSI disseminates information via a monthly newsletter, an
electronic mailing list, and an on-line World Wide Web site.
The categories of files CCSI has uploaded to its site include:
- Profiles of U.S. organizations with projects in the NIS
- Profiles of NIS 3rd sector organizations
- NIS organizations seeking Western partners
- Volunteer and service opportunities in the NIS
- Catalogue of key resources in print
- Reviews of electronic mailing lists related to the NIS
- Important electronic files
- Lists and directories of email addresses
CCSI has also uploaded its 1992 publication "Civil Society - USA: A
Guide for Citizens of the NIS to Select American Organizations," which
explains, mostly be example, the large role that associations and private
voluntary organizations play in America. "Civil Society - USA"
contains an essay describing the third sector in America, followed by detailed
profiles of over 140 organizations, selected for their range of functions as
well as their possible interest to citizens of Russia and the other countries of
The URL for CCSI's home page is:
America's Development Foundation (ADF), Alexandria, Virginia, with the
Moscow Research Center for Human Rights, to establish a network of nine regional
affiliate human rights organizations throughout the Russian Federation.
- American Red Cross, Washington, D.C., with Russian Red Cross, to support
the RRC in its efforts to strengthen its Visiting Nurse Program, thereby
enhancing its ability to provide important health services in a changing
economic environment and providing a model for non-governmental health care
provision at the national, sectoral level.
- American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.,
with the Russian Association of Territorial Bodies of Highway Administrations
(RADOR), Moscow, to create a transportation development trade association in
Russia and to provide training in industry operations in a free-market economy.
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), New York, with the
Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow,
to promote the application of environmental and energy-related technologies and
to establish a more effective network of technology transfer between the RAS and
- Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA),
Arlington, Virginia, with a similar association in Russia, to establish and
develop a professional association and academic partnerships in health policy
and administration education in Russia.
- Center for International Private Enterprise, Washington, D.C., with the
Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Moscow, to offer extensive training
courses and establish an accreditation program so as to help the Russian Chamber
develop into a nationwide, voluntary non-state business association.
- Iowa State University College of Business with Nizhny Novgorod State
Agricultural Academy, to establish a continuing education center and produce a
core of trained leaders who are able to influence economic restructuring and
development in small business, financial services, and agribusiness.
- South Carolina Universities Research and Education Foundation (SCUREF) at
the Strom Thurmond Institute, Clemson University with the Russian Academy of
Sciences, Institute of Biology and Inland Waters (IBIW) in Borok, to transform
the IBIW into a private environmental research organization capable of
sustaining itself through environmental research contaminant assessment, and
environmental cleanup contracts and competitive government grants.
- Texas A&M University's Agricultural Economics Department with the
Ministry of Agriculture and Provisions of the Russian Federation, and the Tatar
Institute of Retraining and Agribusiness, to enhance the management
decision-making skills of professionals in the agribusiness sector through
curriculum development, training seminars, internships, and teaching materials.
- University of Alaska-Anchorage American Russian Center with Yakutsk State
University, Magadan International Pedagogical University, and the State
Pedagogical Institute of Yuzhnosakhalinsk, to increase free-market economic
competency and understanding by offering faculty exchanges and curriculum
building in the fields of business, economics, and journalism.
- University of Iowa's Department of Family Practice with the Family Health
Care Center of the St. Petersburg Academy of Post-Graduate Medical Studies, to
establish a collaborative educational program to teach future teachers the
principles and practice of family medicine through the development of jointly
developed curriculum materials, educational texts, and a one-year
residency/faculty development program for five Russian physicians.
- University of Massachusetts Department of Landscape Architecture and
Regional Planning with Pskov Polytechnical University, to aid in economic
restructuring through an extensive program of professional training
opportunities and the creation of a masters degree program and Department of
Regional Planning and Development at Pskov Polytechnical University.
- University of Rochester's School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York,
with the Urals State Medical Institute, Ekaterinburg, and eight other Russian
medical institutions, coordinated by the International Biomedical Agency (IBA),
Ekaterinburg, to help individual medical institutes transform their curriculum
via institutional partnerships, technology transfer, and people-to-people
programs, to introduce standardized assessment processes, and to develop
relevant educational materials through workshops and seminars.
- Urban Homestead Assistance, Inc. (UHAB), New York City, with the Citizens
Foundation and the All-Russia Fund for the Promotion of Individual Flats, both
in Moscow, to aid in the creation of successful local community development and
privatized resident-controlled housing projects so as to disseminate these
models throughout Russia, and to develop the capacity of local housing and
community development NGOs to provide training and technical assistance to
community activists, leaders, and other NGO staff.
- U.S. Feed Grains Council, Washington, D.C., with Russian Grains Council,
Moscow, and Intensivny Korm Ltd., Samara, to establish a prototype
Russian-American Business Training Center for Feed Manufacturers and Livestock
Producers where management and market-oriented skills and knowledge can be
transferred to managers in the grain marketing, processing, and usage complex in
- World Institute on Disability (WID) of Oakland California with the
All-Russia Society of the Disabled in Moscow, to contribute to social sector
restructuring by helping develop the institutional capacity of the ARSD to
provide in-service training in Moscow, Volgograd, and five Russian regions in
support of the integration of disabled people into society.
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