Forum Syd has been active in Belarus since 1998 with support to the work of Swedish member organisations as well as with its own programmes. Since 2012, Forum Syd operates an office for Eastern Europe, based in Lithuania. The office is responsible for projects in Belarus.
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Forum Syd is supporting a variety of different civic groups and initiatives in Belarus, working in the fields of democracy, human rights, environmental protection and gender equality. Special focus has been to support organisations trying to influence policy changes in the country. Specifically, the approach of Forum Syd was to use international policies and conventions as an instrument to effect change. During the first five years, Forum Syd has supported more than 70 civic initiatives and organisations, working towards full compliance of Belarus in connection to the Aarhus convention, UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disability, Paris Agreement on climate change, Bologna Process, among other frameworks.

Currently, Forum Syd is managing a granting mechanism designed to support Belarusian and Swedish civil society organisations and initiatives. The mechanism is focused towards fostering experience transfer between Swedish and Belarusian organisations, as well as organisational development of Belarusian initiatives in terms of internal democracy, capacity development and other issues, based on the needs expressed by partner organisations. In this process, cross-sectoral and regional cooperation is playing an increasing role in the development of civil society in Belarus. Further information can be found under the sub-granting section.