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
In Belarus, rural residents often have to use poor quality drinking water from wells and are unable to use water sanitation services. Masty District is no exception: according to preliminary data, water in 70% wells is exposed to nitrate and biological contamination. It is planned to improve the situation with water supply and sanitation with support from the project of the European Union.
Civic engagement in environmental monitoring and improving environmental management at the local level (Ecomonitoring)
Environmental monitoring means regular integrated observations of the state of ecosystems and the processes taking place in them. These observations provide for record changes in the environment, providing for making forecasts and taking safeguards against negative consequences. Environmental monitoring is essential in mitigating the increasing impact of human activities on the environment.
Rural population in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine is rapidly aging. Without any perspectives for growth and development, youth leaves for cities, which results in instability of the rural sector and increases national food security risks. The project will facilitate the development of vocational agrarian education in rural areas, which will lead to expansion of economic opportunities and youth integration in agriculture.
Successful entry to the labour market and subsequent consolidation of one's position on it causes a number of challenges and fears for youth. It is particularly relevant for socially vulnerable young people. Based on the multi-year success of "SOS – Children's Villages", the project is called to improve employment prospects of youth in Belarus, Armenia and Ukraine.
Belarus faces the problem of labour shortage, which is particularly relevant for rural areas. The number of young people in small towns and villages is decreasing; those staying there are insufficiently active in employment issues. This project will help build an algorithm of interaction between all stakeholders and improve youth employment prospects.
Cross-border Water Inspectors: Towards Joint Monitoring and Development of Water Resources of the Pripyat River Basin
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.
Development of Rural Localities in the Republic of Belarus: Boosting Rural Entrepreneurship in Belarus and Launching a Rural Business Incubator in Kamarova
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.