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Last updated: May 07, 2020

April 7, 2020

“I believe that each professional needs to apply the best experience of those who are successful in their respective fields," noted Galina Bedulina, an associate professor of the Department of Economic Sociology at the Belarusian State Economic University in Minsk. "My American colleagues inspired me to create effective educational programs to develop the entrepreneurship skills of students at Belarusian educational institutions.” 

April 7, 2020

Despite signing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2015, Belarus lacks critical services for its estimated 25,000 children living with disabilities. Recognizing the importance of this issue, USAID’s Community Connections program exposes Belarusian professionals to American best practices on providing social services for vulnerable groups, including children and youth with disabilities.

April 7, 2020

Elena Demidova, the Belarusian founder and head of the Center for Active Ageing  was a government official before switching her career to social entrepreneurship after participating in USAID’s Community Connections program (ComCon) in the United States in 2017. The ComCon program annually provides approximately 60 Belarusian professionals an opportunity to visit the United States to exchange best practices in their field and learn about the life and culture of Americans.

April 7, 2020

After four years of hard work and collaboration, a Belarusian professor turned her vision into a reality by launching the first International Festival of Mediation in Belarus. Since its creation in 2016, the Festival has grown to include more than 500 participants from different countries who gather to discuss current issues in mediation development, share experiences, and establish professional connections for project collaboration.

April 7, 2020

In 2015, Oksana was inspired to transform her company into a social enterprise. While her children’s toy production business had already incorporated some corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles into its work culture, she wanted to significantly expand its mission. As part of USAID’s Community Connections exchange program, Shevchenko went to Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn about American best practices surrounding social entrepreneurship development. It was only after her visit to the United States that Shevchenko felt empowered to apply the experiences and examples of U.S. social enterprises to her own business in Belarus.

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