The 1999 Awards
By Theme


Grants awarded in 1999 focus on the themes menu below. For more information on themes, go to the Project Themes section. For more information on a specific grantee, please follow their weblink. This list will be updated with additional awards in the following weeks.


Bosnia Business and Local Government Training

Cleveland International Program (CIP) has been awarded $128,791 to offer 27 Bosnian business leaders, government officials and business academics hands-on, practical internships in the Cleveland area for the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Business and Local Governance Training Program. Bosnian business leaders and business academics will participate in a four-week training program, and BiH government officials will work with their U.S. counterparts for two weeks. In addition to hands-on internships, CIP will offer diversity and "follow-on" workshops for participants, a side trip to the state capitol of Ohio in Columbus and various cultural activities. CIP will provide homestays for all participants.

To support economic development and market reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Freedom House (FH) received $156,000 to select and recruit 81 entrepreneurs, business academics and local government officials for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Business and Local Governance Training Program. Through a competitive process, FH will identify and select participants to participate in practical internships in US communities. Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka will be targeted regions for recruitment. FH will implement the program in three stages: 1) promotion and recruitment of candidates 2) interviews and selection of candidates and 3) preparation and pre-departure orientation for selected participants.

The Bureau awarded $139,452 to Toledo Sister Cities International (TSCI) to provide practical internships and hands-on training to 27 Bosnian business, local government and business academic leaders, that can be transferred to the Bosnians' careers at home. TSCI will host three groups of nine Bosnian participants for the proposed program. The program includes program advertisement and promotion; preprogram orientation sessions for host institutions and host families; hands-on internships at Toledo businesses and government agencies; the creation of a joint website for US and Bosnian alumni and future participants; fora with Toledo business leaders; and social and cultural events that will encourage cross-ethnic cooperation among the Bosniak, Bosnian Serb and Bosnian Croat participants. TSCI will hold seminars once each week that address a variety of business and government-related issues and will provide homestays to Bosnian participants.

The University of Dayton Center for International Programs (UD) will use a $143,565 grant to host 27 Bosnian participants in Dayton, Ohio for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Business and Local Governance Training Program. The program will provide two-week internships to Bosnian government officials and four-week internships to Bosnian business leaders and business academics. Weekly roundtable discussions will be held for participants on topics related to building successful business and government relations. The University of Dayton will work with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Office of the Mayor of Dayton, The Miami Valley International Trade Association and the University of Dayton's Center for Leadership Development to provide intensive, hands-on training to participants. Side trips include visits to local historical, educational and cultural sites in Columbus and Cincinnati. The University of Dayton will provide homestays for Bosnian participants.

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Croatian Tourism Development

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has been awarded $150,000 to develop a continuing education program for middle managers of Croatia's tourism industry, using the resources of its American College of Management and Technology in Dubrovnik. Revitalization of the tourism industry, the principal source of foreign exchange, is essential to the reform of Croatia's ailing economy. Over an 18-month time period, RIT will develop a certificate program consisting of seminars, workshops and the introduction of a distance learning education program using materials for the hospitality industry developed by the American Hotel and Motel Association's Educational Institute. RIT expects 200 middle managers to receive training, starting in September 1999. In order to receive a certificate from RIT, tourism managers will successfully complete four of seven modules offered (each three hours in length), plus a distance learning course. The goal is to build a sustainable, continuing education program for existing managers in order to introduce new management techniques.

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Distance Learning in Business Management

The Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, with a $199,095 grant from the Bureau, will support a project to develop a distance learning course in the field of business education at Petrozavodsk State University (PSU) in Petrozavodsk, Russia. The project will introduce Russian students from the this isolated city in Russia’s northwest to the concept of western business administration practices. Ten faculty members from PSU will travel to Pomona, California, to be trained in how to design, develop, and administer distance learning courses in business education. Also, two PSU technical staff workers will travel to Pomona for two weeks in order to receive technical training on how to use the equipment necessary for delivering distance learning courses. In addition, four faculty members from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona will go to Petrozavodsk to conduct training workshops for an additional twenty PSU faculty members on all aspects of managing distance learning courses.

Edmonds Community College was awarded $81,653 to offer a certificate training program in the design and delivery of business management distance education programs to twenty faculty members from four Russian educational institutions in the Russian Far East. Teams of five from each of the four institutions will spend three weeks in Lynnwood, Washington, to adapt courses to distance learning format and to learn how to use the technology. Ultimately, the four institutions will offer business management courses via distance learning at their respective branch campuses that are located throughout the Russian Far East. Edmonds will also write and translate a course manual in Russian on how to develop and administer a distance learning, on-line course.

International Visitors Council, Research Triangle Park (IVC) and its partner, North Carolina State University, will continue their collaboration with Ural State University (USU) and Perm State University (PSU) to develop four new distance learning courses in the field of business management. Two courses will be in financial management; the others will address human resource management and marketing. These new courses will be used with two courses in operations management and financial management designed with funding from FY98 to lay the foundation for a distance learning degree program in business management. Twelve Russian faculty members and network experts will visit North Carolina for two weeks for adaptation of course content to Russian needs and for training in use of the technology. Like the first two courses, the new courses will be introduced first to branch campuses of USU and PSU and then to other universities in the Ural region. Eight US experts will go to Russian to introduce the new courses. This effort is supported by a $176,534 award.

The University of Florida at Gainesville's Warrington College of Business Administration will use a $194,270 grant award to conduct a two-year distance learning business administration program to be offered at Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistics University (LUNN) . The program will be two-tiered: 1) applicable for those with limited or nonexistent access to modern technology, such as the Internet and computer resources, and 2) for those who do have access to the Internet and computer resources. The courses’ content is to be based on that in courses already provided at WCBA and LUNN. Language of instruction is to be Russian.

Pennsylvania State University received $167,000 to adapt a course in strategic management of technology and innovation for delivery in Russia. Course material to be developed under this grant includes adaptation and translation of 5 of 9 modules (the first four are already completed), as well as supplementary support modules and Russian case studies. Two faculty members from St. Petersburg State Technical University (SPSTU) (who trained at Penn State in spring 1999) will train five faculty in St. Petersburg in fall 1999. This larger group will serve as trainers for faculty at eleven satellite campuses. The ultimate end-user students are managers in enterprises, formerly part of the military industrial complex. American case study material will be used at the outset, but the trained Russian faculty will go on to develop their own Russian case studies.

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Ethics in the Public Sector

The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in partnership with the Academy of Political Culture (Tver) plans to implement a training program to increase the level of ethical practices in the public sector in Tver oblast, Russia, using a $119,270 grant from the Bureau. The proposed program includes 1) a networking and program promotion visit by the project director 2) a three-week Massachusetts-based intensive training program for twelve Tver government officials, media representatives, NGO and business leaders and 3) a series of workshops in Tver during which three Massachusetts trainers will work with their Russian counterparts to garner support for actions implemented on behalf of raising ethical standards in Tver.

In response to the Bureau’s request for proposals for programs that address ethics in the public sector in Ukraine , Michigan State University (MSU) has received a $119,947 award. In partnership with Project Harmony, MSU will implement a program to educate legal specialists, law enforcement officials and educators in Lviv, Odessa and Uzhhorod, Ukraine, regarding basic elements of democratic governance, including transparency and public accountability. The program will include 1) a visit to Ukraine by MSU staff to interview candidates for the program 2) a three-week training program in Michigan and Washington, DC, for twelve Ukrainian participants and 3) a series of mini-workshops in the three target Ukrainian cities during which four Michigan trainers will work with their Ukrainian counterparts to extend the benefits of participants’ training to the local Ukrainian communities.

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Prevention of Trafficking in Women

American University’s (AU) Center for the Study of Transnational Crime and Corruption will conduct an integrated program (prevention, protection, prosecution) on law enforcement and legal issues of trafficking, including informational and outreach programs, victim assistance, and enhancement of law enforcement capacity. Program components will be housed in AU’s United Research Centers on Organized Crime in 1) Siberia and the Russian Far East to reach law enforcement personnel, 2) the Ural Region with NGOs and the media, and to enhance educational outreach for law schools, police and legal personnel, and 3) Ukraine on border control issues and educational outreach. They will use existing materials to reach at-risk girls and women and will also establish working groups on legal and law enforcement issues. This program is supported by a $119,989 award.

In response to the Bureau’s request for proposals, MiraMed will conduct a program on prevention of trafficking in women and girls in Russia and Ukraine with the support of a $120,000 grant. The program builds on established relationships and existing materials, expands the scope of the current information campaign from six to twelve oblasts in Russia, and incorporates experience, expertise and lessons learned from the more established prevention of trafficking campaign in Ukraine. The program includes multi-regional media outreach training and the establishment of an all-Russia anti-trafficking coalition. Two Internet conferences will be used for coalition building, education, training and information sharing. (MiraMed's March 1999 Internet conference on trafficking and violence linked together over 3000 people from the former Soviet Union and Mongolia.) Training workshops for 24 Russian participants, to be held in Ukraine using Ukraine’s best trainers on prevention of trafficking, will conclude with a third Internet conference. The program design is based on past successes and corresponds to information derived from a comprehensive survey from the March 1999 program.

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Public Administration

The International Executive Service Corps has received $175,000 to conduct a three-part public administration training program for Kazakhstani regional government officials. The program is a collaborative effort between the Bureau/USIS and the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan, which underwrites most in-country costs. In-country training took place in Kazakhstan in May 1999 for 70-75 regional officials. Twelve officials will be selected to participate in a 24-day U.S.-based seminar, organized by the Santa Cruz Institute in Tucson, Arizona, in cooperation with the Tucson-Almaty Sister Cities Committee. The third and final phase of the program is an evaluation trip by one of the American trainers. Some administrative costs are underwritten by the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.

The National Academy of Public Administration was awarded $110,000 to continue its support to the Institute of Public Administration for a sixth year in the Republic of Georgia and its program for 30 students. The Institute prepares Georgian graduate students for public sector careers through practical internships and an American-style curriculum leading to the MPA degree. The Bureau funds provide the American faculty, all fellows of NAPA, to teach the core courses. Now in its fifth year of operation, the Institute remains the Bureau's most important public diplomacy project in Georgia. It serves US interests by contributing to Georgian democratic reforms and reinforcing ties with the Georgian Presidential administration.

The NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, as part of the New Transatlantic Dialogue, will develop cooperative partnerships between the United States and the European Union (EU) using a $500,000 grant in Ukraine from the Bureau. The European Union (EU) will develop its own program in Europe to complement the American effort. NYU's Wagner School will organize five, three-week programs (ten persons each) in the United States for 50 mid-level Ukrainian government officials and Parliament (Rada) staff members. Each group will focus on a policy area of interest and will have intensive meetings at the federal, state and local levels. The US-based programs will be developed in cooperation with the Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration in Kyiv (with which the Wagner School has a close association) and with a designated European partner institution, chosen by the European Union (EU).

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Strategic Planning for Universities

University of Wyoming (UW) was awarded $99,553 to implement a strategic fiscal and management restructuring project for Saratov State University (SSU) in Saratov, Russia. The primary activity of the program consists of training seven SSU administrators in western-style university management practices. Long-term strategic planning sessions between the seven SSU administrators and five UW administrators will follow the training. An orientation and familiarization visit for the five UW administrators to Saratov is also planned. Successful implementation of this program will allow SSU to transform itself into a market-driven, fiscally solvent, and more effectively managed institution of higher learning, capable of surviving and thriving under the difficult financial circumstances that are currently prevalent in Russia.

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Women's Leadership Training

CONNECT/US-RUSSIA (CONNECT), in collaboration with the Psychological Center for Families (The Center) and the NGO Initiative (both in Arzamas, Russia), will conduct a women’s leadership training program with a focus on prevention of domestic violence using a $119,922 grant award. Participants, selected through a merit-based application process, will form teams of one professional and one volunteer each. The program consists of four components: 1) Eleven-day program in Minneapolis for eight women, with workshops and site visits covering issues of domestic violence, techniques of intervention and education, leadership and networking skills, recruiting and training volunteers; 2) Selected curricula and materials translated and copied by CONNECT for use in subsequent in-country programs; 3) Four-day training seminar for eight teams who work with students and young parents; 4) Project director will travel to Arzamas for evaluation and development of follow-on activities approximately seven months after the four-day seminar.

The Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE) received $150,000 to implement an intensive training program for 24 women NGO leaders from the Caucasus region. The program is designed to provide relevant skills-building training, by means of workshops, meetings, seminars, and an internship that will provide a base for more effective, Western-style leadership in the Caucasus and Eastern Europe/NIS NGO communities. The three components of this project are: 1) three 3-day, in-region training workshops in Georgia; 2) a 12-day study tour to the United States for the purpose of taking part in an interactive, hands-on internship in an American NGO and meetings with American NGO leaders; and 3) a 10-day, follow-on “East-East” internship at IDEE’s Warsaw, Poland facility for the purpose of seeing firsthand and interacting with fledgling NGOs in an Eastern European country recently freed from communism.

Initiative for Social Action and Renewal (ISAR) was awarded $119,977 to conduct a thematic women’s leadership program for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine that links environmental problems with family health issues and grassroots organizing. The program builds on existing partnerships with environmental NGOs across the West NIS and their US counterparts. Goals of the program are to bring US counterparts to the West NIS for firsthand experience, to promote the professional development of the West NIS NGO leaders by conducting a joint training program, to train more women activists and expand the work in the environment and health sphere in the West NIS, and to develop and strengthen activist networks in the West NIS and the US. Highlights of the program are externships, a media development program, a series of roundtables, and the creation of a cadre of new trainers who are equipped with the knowledge, materials and supplies necessary to improve their effectiveness.

Legacy International will use a $75,880 grant to implement an intensive 12-month leadership development training program for 128 Ukrainian women. The program will illustrate the effectiveness of the American grassroots-level democratic process and provide hands-on guidance for working to effect change. The program consists of training in Ukraine and in the United States. During the U.S.-based component, selected Ukrainian participants will meet with experienced NGO leaders and participate in interactive group training activities to strengthen their leadership skills. These participants will return to Ukraine to train additional women to organize their communities in support of democracy.

Through the project, “Women’s Health Mission: A Workshop in Personal, Organizational and Community Leadership,” Magee Womancare International (MWI), the international outreach arm of Magee-Women’s Hospital, will train 18 Russian women leaders to strengthen the network of women health care professionals and improve the status of women’s health in Russia. This project is funded in part by a $119,282 grant from the Bureau. The program includes a three-day pre-departure workshop in Vladimir, Russia, during which 18 Russian women leaders will prepare for a US-based internship program and be linked with US mentors working on similar issues. Two months later, the 18 participants will engage in an intensive 21-day, US based training program, during which participants will develop individualized action plans to improve Russian women’s health care, and design a strategy to reactivate MOOPA, a professional association for women’s health care professionals in Russia. Topics covered during the 18-day program will include organizational leadership; coalition building; lobbying; working with at-risk populations; conflict resolution; and nonprofit management.

Oregon State University's Women in Development program and Corvallis Sister Cities Association will do a women's leadership training program for twelve Ukrainian women in the Trans-Carpathian Region of Ukraine. The program includes one month of formal training in leadership and organizational development, a training of trainers component, a reentry activity and in-country training program targeting various locations in Trans-Carpathia. The program participants will conduct leadership forums upon their return. Subcontractors include Mobility International USA, Professional Management Institute, English Language Institute and Family Community Leadership Program, each providing specialized training to enhance program quality. This program is supported by a $113,964 grant.

Partners for Democratic Change (PDC) was awarded $150,000 to run an 18-month women’s leadership training initiative for 18 NGO leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia called “Strengthening Women’s Capacity through a Caucasus Women’s Leadership Training and Network Program.” PDC will train these leaders in communication and organizational skills and provide them with the know-how to build a regional NGO network. By the end of the grant, these NGO leaders will have provided over 1,350 women leaders with leadership skills training through a series of region-wide training events.

In response to the Bureau’s request for proposals addressing women’s leadership, Project Harmony will conduct a program that will expand the services of the two women’s resource training centers in Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude. The goals of this program are to provide a broad base of support for coalition building and the implementation of initiatives in government, business and social services with an ultimate goal of fully transferring program ownership to the Russian women’s centers. The program includes seminars for NGO leaders and volunteers on women’s leadership issues in urban and rural areas in the Baikal Region, computer skill tutorials for Women’s Center users, a trainer-in-residence to help institutionalize the current mentoring program, and a media campaign involving website development, radio and print media. This project is supported by a $82,912 grant.

The University of Scranton, jointly with the American University in Kyrgyzstan, will implement a one-year leadership training program for Kyrgyzstani women. The training program includes 1) two training visits to the University of Scranton by two teams of seven women leaders of Kyrgyzstani NGOs; 2) two leadership skills development workshops in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, for 64 women government representatives, community business leaders, and students; 3) a training-the-trainers workshop for 18 Kyrgyzstani women who will conduct follow-up workshops throughout the country; and 4) a wrap-up conference in Bishkek whose main focus will be the development of action plans for ensuring continued cooperation between and development of women as leaders in contemporary Kyrgyzstan. The program's training activities, supported by a $119,943 grant, will reach over 300 women throughout the country.

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