About Foundation

The International Foundation for Rural Development (hereinafter ‘the Foundation’) is a Belarusian non-profit organization registered in Belarus on 25 January 2008. Registration certificate_ru.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote sustainable development of rural areas through  mobilization, support and development of private initiative both independently and as part of the public - private partnership.

Foundations priorities for action:

1. Analysis and elaboration of strategies, thematic programmes and development projects.

Elaborated with our participation:

  • Srategy for sustainable development of the Berezovsky district of the Brest region until 2030 (download)
  • Strategy for development of rural and ecological tourism of the Slavgorod district until 2030 (download russian version)
  • Regional cooperation plan aiming to improve sustainable development of the 5 rural areas of Mogilev region for 2018-2020 with priorities until 2030 (download).

2. Development and support of mechanisms to promote rural development (rural development and entrepreneurship centers, start-up, cooperatives, return funds, etc.).);

3. Development and implementation of educational programs to improve the competence of target groups in the field of sustainable development, economics, ecology, social entrepreneurship, etc.;

4. Networking at the local and regional levels;

5. Volunteering;

6. Representation and promotion of the target groups interests;

7. Organizational development and consulting of non-profit organizations.

Our target groups:

  • Villagers, initiative groups and their organizations;
  • Entrepreneurs, owners of farmsteads, artisans, farmers;
  • Non-profit organizations operating in the field of sustainable development, environmental protection and support of entrepreneurs;
  • Local authorities (Councils of Deputies and Executive Committees at rural, district and regional level).

Moreover, we support:

  • Women's leadership
  • Socially vulnerable groups (residents of remote villages, people of pre-retirement age and young people without work experience);
  • People with disabilities

Geographical scope of the work: