EU, UNDP and Government strengthen their collaboration on poverty alleviation and sustainable rural development in Azerbaijan

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BALAKAN, Azerbaijan, 1 December 2018 – In the north-west regions of Azerbaijan, UNDP and the Government are helping local communities establish smallholder family businesses, with substantial financial support from the European Union (EU). A joint project signed a little less than a year ago aims to promote rural entrepreneurship, inclusive employment and technological innovation in 6 regions of the Shaki-Zaqatala Economic Zone covering Balakan, Gakh, Gabala, Oghuz, Shaki and Zaqatala.

The project is implemented in close collaboration with the ABAD Public Legal Entity of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations enhances local capacity-building in rural communities of Azerbaijan. It also offers operational support to the ABAD regional centre in Balakan aiming that the centre will further help the families, which meet the project eligibility criteria, with business development and planning, branding and design, financial accounting and legal assistance services.

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