The Project “Support to Economic Development at the Local Level in the Republic of Belarus” announced the second Call for Applications of Initiatives on Entrepreneurship Development in 12 districts of Belarus.

Financial support will be provided to initiatives within two focus areas. The first focus area will comprise cluster initiatives that include a set of actions to build and sustain collaborative partnerships between geographically localized businesses and individuals with a view to forming a cluster that will develop and strengthen the competitiveness of its participants.

The other area – socially important initiatives – will include business initiatives that aim to address a social challenge, develop inclusion or expand assistance for socially vulnerable groups.

“The best strategy for district development is to build partnerships with all stakeholders, including public organizations, private and public institutions, businesses and government authorities, who will interact to create mechanisms for sustainable local development.

In addition, all supported initiatives should contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Belarus[1] and meet UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards,[2]” said Kiryl Stsezhkin, UNDP Programme Coordinator (Socio-Economic Development) in Belarus.

To find out more about the Call, please visit the UNDP website https://www.by.undp.org/content/belarus/ru/home/operations/projects/poverty_reduction/spring/2ndCallforInitiatives.html and the website https://www.prospring.by/. Proposals should be submitted electronically via the Call for Initiatives website (https://www.prospring.by/) from December 15, 2020 to January 27, 2021.

To receive more information, please register to the webinar "Conditions of participation in the 2nd Call for Applications of Initiatives on Entrepreneurship Development", which will take place on 22 December 2020, at 14:00-16:30. The link for registration: https://undp.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpfuGvpjooHtOqMsNr1cIF7QyNGhPSbzBn.

The first Call for Applications of Initiatives on Entrepreneurship Development was held from June to August 2020. As a result, 33 cluster and socially important initiatives will soon be launched in 12 districts of Belarus. The complete list of winners with a brief description of the initiatives is available at https://bit.ly/2U9TiKj.

The Project “Support to Economic Development at the Local Level in the Republic of Belarus” is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus.

For more information, please contact Nadzeya Sinelnik, Project Communications Specialist, by email at nadzeya.sinelnik@undp.org.

[1] See more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Belarus http://sdgs.by/.

[2] UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards (SES) are available at https://bit.ly/3730DB5.

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