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The Ongoing Forum of Representatives of Russian and Foreign Charity Institutions Focusing on Scholarship and Education

The Ongoing Forum of Representatives of Russian and Foreign Charity Institutions Focusing on Scholarship and Education ("DON") was established in response to an initiative by the Russian Ministry of Education and a number of grant-making institutions for better coordination of assistance provided to national research and educational institutions.

Over the past 10-12 years, a high degree of coordination was achieved among grant-making foundations, government, NGOs and professional associations under a number of regional-level scholarship and education projects. Substantial diversity exists, however, in the time span, preferred institutional arrangements (individual and collective grants, contract work, etc.), form and scope of donor programs, which also sometimes overlap. This often makes it difficult to see to what extent a particular region effectively benefits from donor funding.

The overall efficiency of support received by regional academic and educational communities, as well as the extent and quality of their involvement in those assistance mechanisms, remain unclear. Detailed but uncoordinated reporting by institutional donors provides no insight on the issue.

In this context, DON meetings seek to establish an information exchange network for the donors and design strategies for future cooperation with government agencies and institutions.

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