PH International

North Caucasus Entrepreneur Capacity Building Program

Country: Russia
Category: Community Development Programs


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The North Caucasus Entrepreneur Capacity Building Program (NCEP) brought together the skills, perspectives and resources of the private sector (represented by Cisco), the non-profit sector (represented by PH International and local partners), and the public sector (represented by USAID) to address development challenges in the North Caucasus region of Russia. The program was designed to reduce the threat of violence in the North Caucasus by increasing employment in the Medium, Small and Micro Enterprise Sector by providing business training opportunities for people from "at-risk" groups, including the unemployed, women and the disadvantaged.  PH International worked with local universities to establish eight Cisco Entrepreneur Institutes in a total of five regions in the North Caucasus and trained individuals in how to start and/or expand their businesses using online learning tools developed by Cisco Systems.