The Role of the Third Sector in Russia’s Socioeconomic Development

Panel Session
Congress Centre, Conference Hall D2

Modern economic policy is focused on delivering an optimal combination of economic efficiency, social security, and equity. The emergence of the non-commercial sector as a meaningful factor in the country’s economic life is becoming an urgent issue. The contribution made by not-for-profit organizations to Russian GDP was less than 1% in 2016, while it reaches 10% in many developed economies. Why is the social sector still undervalued in Russia, and what steps should be taken to enhance the financial and legal capabilities of non-profits? How can the financial stability of NPO operations be strengthened, and what can be done to broaden the sector’s role in the social services market?

Lev Jakobson , First Vice Rector, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Anna Bitova , Director, Center for Curative Pedagogics
Vladimir Zernov , Rector, Russian New University (RosNOU)
Nadezhda Kosareva , President, Institute for Urban Economics (IUE)
Alexandra Levitskaya , Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation
Svetlana Makovetskaya , Director, Centre for Civic Analysis and Independent Research (GRANI Centre)
Nigel Timmins , Humanitarian Director, Oxfam
Maxim Topilin , Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation
Elena Topoleva-Soldunova , Director, Agency for Social Information
Anna Federmesser , Board Member, Vera Charitable Foundation for Hospice Care
Xenia Frank , Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation
Ilya Chukalin , Chief Executive Officer, Presidential Grants Foundation