Development of Rural Localities in the Republic of Belarus: Boosting Rural Entrepreneurship in Belarus and Launching a Rural Business Incubator in Kamarova

About of project:

Period: April 2017 – January 2019

Budget: total - €551,034 and €39,350, EU contribution: €526,503

Implementing agency: Ecopartnership International NGO

Location: Belarus

Description

Belarusian Viciebsk and Hrodna Regions are unique territories due to their proximity to EU borders and remoteness from large industrial hubs; however, job opportunities there, same as in the entire country, have been shrinking.  Private business in rural localities of these voblasts could be a source of new jobs, but now it employs less than 3% of the population. The project is aimed at improvement of the socio-economic situation in the region through development of local entrepreneurship.

Goals and objectives: Facilitate sustainable economic development of north-western Belarusian rural territories bordering EU countries. Provide expert and financial support to local entrepreneurs for development of socially and ecologically oriented initiatives.

Intermediate outcomes: A rural entrepreneurship incubator will open in the village of Kamarova of Miadzieĺ District, Minsk Region. There, local entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to obtain opening and doing business advice, legal services and information support.

A training programme for those who would like to start their own business will be arranged at the incubator. Approximately 40 beginning entrepreneurs from Miadzieĺ, Smarhoń, Pastavy and Astravets Districts will be trained during the two years of the project implementation period.  Rural businesspersons will be provided with seed funding for development of socially and ecologically oriented initiatives. The total budget of the financial support will amount to Euro 182,000.

The project will provide for an analysis of the factors impeding rural business development. The analysis findings will inform the development of relevant recommendations for public authorities and entrepreneurs.

Contacts: Yulia Yablonskaya, Project Manager

+375 17 336 01 90, yy@ecopartnerstvo.by

Hyperlink:www.ecopartnerstvo.by