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Green Economy, Environment and Sustainable development
Private sector development
Health Care and Social Inclusion
Culture, Science, Education and Young People
Civil Society and Human Rights
Justice reform and penitentiary system
Migration, Asylum and Refugees
State border management
Peace and security
Norms and Standards
Today, many Belarusian families own at least one bicycle. However, for most people a bicycle is associated with rest, only a few people consider it as a full-fledged means of transport. At the same time, the number of cars in cities keeps on the rise. According to expert, it may lead to a traffic havoc in Minsk. The project is aimed at development of cycling to improve the ecology and economy in Belarusian cities.
The “green” economy aims to improve the wellbeing of people and mitigate environmental risks. Nature is a key resource from the perspective of the “green” concept. Application of modern, efficient strategies helps to benefit from its advantages without causing damage.
On September 24, 2015, the Republic of Belarus acceded to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a year later it ratified that instrument. The Convention provides for respect for the rights and basic freedoms of people with disabilities, their recognition as full-fledged members of the society. The project is aimed at bringing the national legislation in line wit the Convention, as well as at introducing changes into the Belarusian law enforcement practices.
Water is a critical resource and a key factor of sustainable development in the Eastern Partnership countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. However, the problem of regional water body contamination with industrial wastewater and rural waste is highly relevant. The water services coverage of the population is rather high, though the quality is not always adequate. Implementation of the principle of basin water resource management and surface and ground water protection from contamination are priorities of set forth in the Water Strategy of the Republic of Belarus until 2020. The project is aimed at addressing the problems faced by the countries in the water sphere.
The key goals of the Belarus 2016-2020 Social and Economic Development Programme are as follows: recover economic growth, enhance the economy's competitive edge, attract investments and provide for innovative development. A special emphasized is placed on regional and local development. Despite higher economic growth rates demonstrated by regions today, as compared to the national capital, the gap between the lifestyles has been expanding, which poses the threat of sociodemographic degradation of small towns and villages. The Mayors for Economic Growth Initiative offers a state-of-the-art approach to local economic development management that has proved successful throughout the world.
Women's entrepreneurship, as all small business, plays a key role in the national economy. However, women-led companies often encounter problems with accessing finances and knowhow. The project provides support to small and medium enterprises with up to 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than €50 mln. A mandatory requirement is that the company must be led by a woman.
Social entrepreneurship is called upon to solve or mitigate relevant social problems on the conditions of cost recovery. This phenomenon is gaining momentum around the world today. The project provides for development of social entrepreneurship in Belarus. Its participants will have a unique opportunity to benefit from high-quality international training in the field of socially oriented business.