United Nations Development Programme

Russian Federation


United Nations Disseminated Business Skills in the North Caucasus

On 29 - 30 January 2008, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Russian Federation, in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), conducted the North Caucasus Entrepreneurship and Employment Workshop in Kislovodsk, Stavropol Krai. It brought together 30 participants from the republics of North Ossetia-Alania and Ingushetia, and the Chechen Republic, including Government officials, representatives of public employment services, pubic and private business development institutions and certified trainers to make the needs of existent and potential entrepreneurs known to policy-makers, and to facilitate the further development of business education in the region.

This was the final event of the Entrepreneurship Training and Development pilot project, which included trainings for existent and potential entrepreneurs as well as trainings for trainers. The results of the Assessments of Business Development Services conducted under the projects in each of the republics and Directories for entrepreneurs providing practical advice on how to start and develop one’s business were presented during the workshop.

UNDP and ILO jointly implemented the Entrepreneurship Training and Development pilot project in Ingushetia, North Ossetia, and Chechnya over the year of 2007 to promote small and media enterprises (SME) development and employment growth, primarily through creating local potential for business education in the three republics of the North Caucasus. UNDP provided financial and logistical support to the project under its Programme of Sustainable Reintegration and Recovery in the North Caucasus. The trainings were based on Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) methodology developed by of ILO and already successfully applied in other regions of Russia, Caucasus, Central Asia, and worldwide.

As result of the project, some 140 potential and existing entrepreneurs received training on business plan development, marketing and resource management. From 15 to 20 trainers who will be able to consult entrepreneurs on these and other relevant issues were trained in each of the target republics.

One of the outcomes of the project was that the SME Committee of the Chechen Republic appreciated the importance of such trainings and allocated funds to continue SIYB trainings for potential and existing entrepreneurs in the republic in the year of 2008.

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For additional information please contact Selima Salamova, UN Development Programme, North Caucasus, tel. (8-928) 4805409, e-mail: selima@mail.com or Gulmira Asanbaeva, ILO in the Russian Federation, fax (495) 933 0820, e-mail: asanbaeva@ilo.org.

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