Belarus Promotion Programme

Project description

Title: Institutional Integration of the Agenda 2030 in Belarus and other countries of the Eastern Partnership
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Belarus
Overall term: 2019 to 2022

Context

Together with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, Belarus is one of the six countries that form the Eastern Partnership. This EU policy initiative is intended to deepen and strengthen relations between the EU and its six Eastern neighbours.

Like many other national and international agendas, the United Nations 2030 Agenda demands a willingness for social policy reform based on close international cooperation. Belarus has committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda. To this end, the country has implemented a number of measures, including the appointment in 2017 of a national coordinator on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whose secretariat is located in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. 

The inclusion of further Eastern Partnership countries in the Belarusian reform agenda has given rise to new potential for closer relations and cooperation both among Eastern Partnership countries and with EU member states.

Objective

The planning and operational capacity of selected civil society and government actors in Belarus and individual Eastern Partnership countries to implement the 2030 Agenda has been strengthened. 

Approach

The project aims to promote intensive exchange between government, private sector and civil society actors from Belarus, the EU and other Eastern Partnership countries. It therefore initiates change and communication processes in international platforms. This enables the actors involved to develop recommendations, strategies or activities for the implementation of national sustainability initiatives. Furthermore, the exchange gives rise to new opportunities for cooperation and networking. 

Support projects implemented jointly by German and Belarusian partners are intended to develop local human resources and strategic competences. The topics of these projects will be defined from early 2020. In addition, government and non-government actors receive support in defining measures to implement the 2030 Agenda. The aim here is to anchor the SDGs not only at the government level, but also in the regions and districts. The project also seeks to increase understanding of the SDGs among regional authorities.

This project supports civil society organisations with results-based monitoring of the 2030 Agenda, with a view to enabling them to provide scientific evidence of their contribution to implementing the 2030 Agenda. This will enable them to demonstrate their benefits in publications, thus leading to increased awareness and acceptance. 

The Association for International Education and Exchange (IBB GmbH) in Dortmund is the project’s implementation partner. It has been supporting and accompanying the Belarus Promotion Programme since 2002. A further implementation partner is IBB ‘Johannes Rau’ Minsk. This is a joint venture between Germany and Belarus that, with more than 800 events each year, facilitates dialogue between government and civil society representatives in Belarus.

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