MINSK, 14 June (BelTA) – Minsk Oblast has implemented 23 initiatives as part of the EU/UNDP project “Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus” in 2016-2018, Zachary Taylor, Deputy Resident Representative at the UNDP in Belarus, said at a conference to review the results of the project, BelTA has learned.
“Some 23 initiatives have been implemented in Minsk Oblast. The project is based on inclusive and participatory approaches. It has brought together a great number of people who had no experience of working together: those were local authorities, members of pubic associations and local residents. They need time to learn to collaborate. However, this kind of initiatives is the most sustainable in the long-term perspective,” Zachary Taylor said.
The majority of the initiatives targeted tourism and infrastructure – 30% and 26% of the total number of projects respectively. Other projects covered education, economy, social services, healthcare and culture. Zachary Taylor emphasized the importance of the project to help people with alcohol addiction. “A local action group worked with these people. As a result, people who had never been involved in economic activity of the region could enter the labor market, they received support and became productive members of the society manufacturing their goods,” he said.
The project “Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus” is aimed at addressing the problems of local development in conjunction with regional processes and supporting grassroots initiatives. The project is financed by the European Union and is implemented by the United Nations Development Program in cooperation with the Economy Ministry of Belarus. The total budget of the initiatives implemented in Minsk Oblast is estimated at over €367,000.More about Society