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International Financial Corporation (World Bank subdivision focusing on the private sector) on the preparation of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan:

Since most consultations took place during the winter months, a special focus was on enabling the most disadvantaged members of the local community, such as senior citizens, to attend. Vehicles were provided to those who needed them, and younger community members escorted the elderly. Where possible, the consultations were timed to start after the end of the days fishing trips. Time was allocated for the participants to share their problems and concerns. The organisers made sure that all those present were treated respectfully, and efforts were made to reach a consensus. As a result, the meetings turned out extremely long, but people felt that their presence mattered.

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Regulatory Bodies

In accordance with the signed Agreement, the Development Plan has been implemented with the active participation of indigenous minorities under the leadership of the Board whose activities are backed up by the Executive Committee, the Traditional Economic Activities Support Programme Committee (TEASP Committee), and the Social Development Fund Council (SDF Council).

The Executive Committee (EC) of the Board assists in implementation of the Development Plan in line with the Board recommendations and the Second Development Plan tasks. The EC includes six members, two representatives from each of the three partner organisations.

The TEASP Committee and the SDF Council are responsible for making decisions on applicable programmes, and include seven persons from among SIM. The Committee and the Council are established on the basis of election of SIM representatives from seven municipalities being the places of traditional living and traditional economic activities of SIM: Okha, Nogliki, Tymovsk, Alexandrovsk-Sakhalinsk, Smirnykh and Poronaysk Districts, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The scope of authority of the Committee and Council members is documented by the minutes of meetings held by SIM communities.


The members of the coordinating bodies of the SIMDP Governance structure

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International Symposium in the Languages of the Indigenous Minorities of the Russian Far East

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Received the main award in the all-Russian Corporate Philanthropy Leaders contest in nomination The Best Programme for Corporate Philanthropy Policy and Companys Social Investments Principles

Winner of Vitus Bering International Award

Winner of social investments contest Corporate Donor of Russia 2008

First prize at the Far Eastern International Festival of Indigenous People