New project of international technical assistance is launched

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Expanding Economic Opportunities in Rural Belarus Project is financed by the European Union and co-financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of New Eurasia Establishment and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of European Union, USAID or the United States Government. 

The new project «Expanding Economic Opportunities in Rural Belarus» has been launched. The project is aimed at increasing living standards in the regions of Belarus by expanding economic opportunities in selected rural communities. It is supported by the European Union and Eurasia Foundation (with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID) and was registered by the Ministry of Economy #2/14/000737 dated December 24, 2014.

The total project amount is 500 000 EUR (450 000 EUR is financed by European Union)

Local authorities, non-profit organizations and residents will be engaged in strengthening local economic activities. They will participate in trainings and receive consultations on promising business models. The organizational capacity of local stakeholders will be improved.

All project activities will be held in nine rural localities selected in the Open Call and will serve as demonstration areas on sustainable economic development, and their experience will be spread out all over Belarus.

New Eurasia Establishment invites civil society organizations and local authorities to participate in an Open Call to select pilot localities for the new project «Expanding Economic Opportunities in Rural Belarus» financed by the European Union and cofinanced by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

12 project localities were selected and local citizens of which are able to participate in all project activities.

The strategic assessments were conducted in each of the selected localities. In the result resource centers were opened and local citizens, entrepreneurs, handicraft workers and farmstead owners are able to participate in trainings and receive consultations in the sphere of family business, rural tourism, business planning, marketing and others.

13 competitively selected projects from the pilot localities received funding for the total amount of 180 000 Euro.

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