Improved Support for Entrepreneurial Development in Rural Areas

Project Description

The project aims to support the Ministry of Economy and the Small & Medium Business Development Agency to support existing and potential entrepreneurs in rural areas of Azerbaijan. It will do this by helping them to develop policies for business incubation and by providing them with instruments (incubator guidelines, training programmes, study visits etc.). It will also support SMBDA in providing outreach training to rural entrepreneurs by means of an online e-learning platform. Finally it will develop a co-operation platform for the national and local business support organisations and agencies to strengthen the ‘eco-system’ that promotes entrepreneurship

Specific Objective

The purpose of the contract is to support Ministry of Economy and its relevant structures to provide improved support for entrepreneurship and SME development in rural areas.

Expected Results

– Strengthened institutional capacity of Government to develop and implement a model of activity programming, management, service delivery, monitoring and evaluation system that meet international standards;
– New programmes developed, including new entrepreneurship programmes for women and rural youth and with activities expanded into rural areas;
– An E-Learning platform designed and piloted to expand the outreach of entrepreneurial learning and to embed entrepreneurial behavior and skills;
– A communication, coordination, and cooperation platform and network in place and supporting entrepreneurship and SME development in rural areas.

Project Map

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  • Priority Area:
    Economic development and better market opportunities

  • Region: Absheron

  • Project Type: Local

  • Start Date: 2019-05-01

  • End Date: 2021-10-31
  • Implementing Organisation:

  • EU Contribution:
    €1 734 000

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