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
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.
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.
Inclusion of children and young people with disabilities into the educational process and a fulfilling social life is one of the key objectives of the civilized society. The project is aimed at creation of an inclusive environment, removal of social and mental barriers to disabled people.
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 the 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 with the Convention, as well as at introducing changes into the law enforcement practices in Belarus.
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.
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.
Many women and children – victims of domestic violence – do not have prompt access to protection and support services. At the moment, Belarus lacks shelters or qualified professionals for them. There is also a need for large-scale public awareness activities against domestic violence and for the peaceful resolution of family conflicts.
Development of Kastryčnicki Ekanamičny Forum – a platform for an open dialogue about potential directions of Belarus’ economic reforms – to promote a more efficient and engaged civil participation in decision-making related to economic policies on
Present-day economic challenges raise the relevance of the dialogue between authorities, business and the civil society on sustainable national development. The open platform of Kastryčnicki Ekanamičny Forum (KEF) is designed to make that dialogue regular and constructive. The KEF concept rests in the belief that reforms become more realistic, when discussed openly.