Stadt im Dialog 3

Growth of urban activism in small Russian cities through P2P learning


Start & End Date: July to December 2018

Place: Erfurt, Weimar and Halle (Germany) and St.Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast (Russia)

Participating Countries: Germany and Russia

Project Partners: Centre for Independent Social Research

Number of Participants: 12 participants

Grant Giver: Auswärtiges Amt

Funding Program: German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Auswärtiges Amt

Grant Amount: 65,000 EUR

The project “Stadt im Dialog 3: P2P Learning’s Growth of Urban Activism in Small Russian Cities” addresses the importance of physical infrastructure, media infrastructure and economic infrastructure.
Key elements of the project are communication and cooperation between civil society, local policies and economies to facilitate joint actions and projects. For sustainable development, younger civil society actors rely on key resources and support from local and other economic actors.
The project has already laid the foundations for dialogue. Great interest was shown by private and public actors.



With the help of this project, we want to clarify the problems and challenges small provincial cities have in comparison to larger cities in the context of urban development. The guiding principle of the project “Stadt im Dialog 3: Growth of urban activism in small Russian cities through P2P learning” is therefore the development of a model of interconnectedness and capacity-building infrastructure for urban activists and citizens from Russian small town regions. The main objective of the project is to enhance expertise by developing skills and knowledge, multiplying experiences, networking and involvement in horizontal urban development processes.

The test region for this project is Leningradskaya Oblast, which has a typical structure that is representative for all of Russia. It is about 500 km long and 320 km wide. The population of the region is 1.8 million people. The region surrounds St. Petersburg as the second largest city in Russia with 5.5 million inhabitants. The region comprises 17 districts, consisting of 64 cities and 135 villages.



The problems of urban development affect all areas of life in the regional cities, including civic movements and bottom-up activities. Some active people living and working in regional towns and villages feel isolated and insignificant. This situation inhibits active people in the regions and impairs bottom-up activism. Therefore, our project aims to strengthen bottom-up activities and activists in the region. This is achieved through a strengthened horizontal link between active people from different regions and the broadening of their expertise.