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The last two to three years saw the Government turn towards the so-called third sector. Non-profit organisations (NPOs) already partner with government agencies in social services. However, the NPOs' contribution to the Russian GDP remains small (ca. 1%), and the number of people employed in the third sector makes just 1.1% of the labour force.
In 2017, a legal framework for NPO operations has been developed, with NPOs defined as “providers of socially useful services”. According to the list approved by the Government, the socially useful services include social and domestic, healthcare, psychological and teaching services; social aid to children, disabled persons, seniors and disadvantaged individuals; social rehabilitation of alcohol and drug addicts, etc.
But the non-profit sector is not a significant part of the Russian economy so far.
The key issues faced by the Russian NPOs are as follows:
The Government is currently set to resolve these issues: