Despite the increasing
significance of urban and semi-urban agglomerations in terms
of poverty alleviation and natural resources consumption,
rural areas remain the main target of pro-poor development
interventions. Securing livelihoods and enabling development
in rural areas is indispensable in order to curb migration
to the cities and preserve agricultural productivity.
ECO develops solutions for sustainable rural
development by taking the target region's existing natural
resources, its population's capacities and the potential of
cooperation partners as a basis. Participation and ownership
are encouraged through pursuit of a strictly demand-oriented
way of operation, of empowerment approaches and of open processes
for shared decision-making. Mutual coordination of multiple
donor assistance in view of developing synergies and ensuring
long-term support deserve to be at the centre of attention.
Non-governmental organizations and grassroots initiatives
are valuable pulsers and implementation partners in any intervention.
Development of microeconomic framework conditions, private
sector development, income generation, social infrastructure
improvement and rehabilitation/development of natural resources
are intersecting: An optimized utilization of resources can
foster households' accumulation of private capital, which
again is the prerequisite for small-scale enterprises, nutritional
security and long-term value generation from of natural resources.
Subsidiary funds, credit programmes and innovative local trusts
can deliver the necessary financial support. To have projects
gain momentum ECO endorses the development of relationships
of mutual trust between community and project staff, by means
such as extension, capacity building and local organizational
development of user groups.
Our services include:
• Design, implementation, M&E of projects and programmes
• Institutional advice to poverty reduction and food
security in rural areas
• Rural development and land use management
• Development of production and marketing chains for
basic food in the frame of nutritional security measures
• Rural credit and investment schemes
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Kazakhstan: Food security and salinity of freshwater remain