CCHP researchers Andrei Semenov and Vsevolod Bederson published a policy memo on the PONARS expert network series. The memo tackles the question of the organisational resilience of the third sector in Russia during the Covid-19 pandemic. They argue that Russia’s preparedness for emergency situations stems from several decades of organizational development and accumulation of knowledge and expertise in the field. Previous crises have contributed to organizational resilience—a set of attitudes and techniques that help mitigate the impact of systemic shocks. Nonetheless, we also see growing attempts by the state to divide civil society through selective funding, co-optation, and labeling. Such re-occurring actions threaten to undermine the sources of resilience and, eventually, the autonomy of the field.
The memo can be accessed here.