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THE CHALLENGE

In spite of sizeable government welfare, most vulnerable populations in Belarus share the problem of exclusion and inefficient assistance.

In 2015, Belarus acceded to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is critical given that there are over 545,000 people with disabilities in Belarus. This breakthrough resulted from many years of advocacy campaigns by disabled people’s organizations.

THE CHALLENGE

The private sector share of the Belarus GDP is among the lowest in the region, with micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) making up most of it. Low MSME participation in the national economy hampers job creation and development of modern products and services and slows the transfer of technology demanded by a competitive market economy. While there is an increasing appreciation by the Government of Belarus for the private sector’s role in the economy, the business environment still needs improvement.

THE CHALLENGE

The majority of civil society organizations dedicate most of their efforts and resources to maintaining their existing capacities with a minimal focus on becoming more effective. Additionally, society lacks firsthand experience with using inclusive, participatory approaches to identify and address local issues.

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Armed actors continue to target civilian populations across the Lake Chad Basin region. Three late October attacks near Borno’s capital city of Maiduguri resulted in at least 13 civilian deaths and nearly 20 injuries, according to international media. In addition, the UN reports that a mid-September attack in Cameroon’s Far North Region displaced nearly 1,700 people within Mayo-Tsanaga Department.

On October 20, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the recapture of Ar Raqqah Governorate’s city of Ar Raqqah from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS); ISIS had taken control of the city in January 2014. SDF-led military operations to retake Ar Raqqah began on June 6 and culminated in intense fighting in the city’s centermost neighborhoods during the final weeks of the offensive, according to international media. As military operations concluded, SDF escorted the majority of civilians remaining in the city to nearby security screening sites, media reports.

The United States has had a diplomatic relationship with ASEAN since 1977, cooperating in trade, economic and social development, people-to-people connections, institutional strengthening, national security, defense, science and technology and education.

As humanitarian response efforts in Dominica continue and the transition to early recovery begins, UN agencies and NGOs—including USAID/OFDA partners—are coordinating with the GoCD to meet priority humanitarian needs, including access to safe drinking water, emergency food assistance, and shelter support. A field-based USAID regional team, including three USAID/OFDA disaster risk management specialists supporting response coordination at Dominica’s Emergency Operations Center, continues to support relief and early recovery efforts in the region.

Dự án Bảo tồn các Loài hoang dã do USAID tài trợ có thời hạn 5 năm được Công ty Tetra Tech phối hợp với Mạng lưới giám sát buôn bán động, thực vật hoang dã (TRAFFIC) tại Việt Nam và Hiệp hội bảo tồn động vật hoang dã (WCS) thực hiện. Đối tác chính của Dự án về phía Chính phủ Việt Nam là Cơ quan quản lý CITES Việt Nam, Bộ Nông nghiệp và Phát triển nông thôn.

USAID Saving Species is a five-year project implemented by Tetra Tech in partnership with TRAFFIC Vietnam and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Its principal Government of Vietnam (GVN) counterpart is the CITES Management Authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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Last updated: November 18, 2017

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