We are happy to announce that CASE Belarus has prepared the first issue of Macroeconomic Review of Belarus in graphs. It is the unique outlook presented in 95 graphs covering four major sectors of Belarus economy: real sector, fiscal sector, monetary sector, and external sector. There are less words, more data. We expect the Macroeconomic Review to be helpful for wide range of stakeholders interested in Belarus economy in general: from academia to representatives of international organisations. The Macroeconomic Review is free of charge, to be issued quarterly.
Analytical research report presents the results of the study of relationship between development of capital and labour market of Belarus. These are two factor markets that make companies operate and grow, provide citizens with jobs and wages. We argue that labour market policy in Belarus leads to underdevelopment of financial market, thus creating barriers for companies in getting capital for further investments. The study tends to provide specific policy recommendations for financial sector development and labour market reforms in Belarus.
Case Belarus has issued a new analytical research report entitled Does the Development of the Financial Sector Influence the Results of Belarusian Enterprises? It presents the results of the study analysing the barriers which prevent Belarusian enterprises from getting financial support. It also contains estimations of annual loses produced by this barriers as well as estimations of potential benefits brought by the development of financial markets. For instance, the study has shown that 1% increase in the financing provided by non-banking sector will produce in 3 years 7.3% increase in sales and 1.5% growth in productivity.
CASE Belarus has released the final version of the analytical report entitled “Poverty Belt” in Belarus: Diagnosis, Perspectives and Policy Implications. It presents the results of the pioneering study on the regional disparities. CASE Belarus is the first think tank in Belarus which has analysed the emergence of stagnating areas around fast developing agglomeration centre.
A book ‘Contemporary practices in orphanage prevention’ is a comprehensive guide of world’s best practices in the field of family support and orphanage prevention. It was specially designed to be used in Belarusian social care institutions. The guide was prepared within the project ‘Orphans in Belarus: fighting negative effects for beneficiary groups’ realized by CASE Belarus in 2013-2014.
The new background paper is focused on the effects of the policy which restricts cities’ territorial growth. ‘Green Belt’ is a ring of agricultural or natural lands established around the city with the purpose to limit its territorial expansion and preserve healthy environment. However, the experience of London and many other cities shows that Green Belt policy is not very efficient in protecting environment. Green Belts provoke a rapid increase in real estate prices and promote ‘bad mobility’. Therefore experts in different countries believe that less restrictive Green Wages policy is better alternative to the rigid Green Belts.
New CASE Belarus background paper describes the phenomenon of agglomeration shadow in ‘old’ industrialized as well as rapidly industrializing countries. The term ‘agglomeration shadow’ or ‘poverty belt’ is used to describe underdeveloped areas emerging around big economic and administrative centres. The background paper gives the explanations of this phenomenon and provides several solutions to the poverty belt problem.
Potential of the Orphanhood Prevention Measures: International Experience, Impact Assessment and Recommendations for Belarus
New CASE Belarus policy paper is focused on the economic effects which brings the orphanhood prevention programme realized by SOS Children’s Village. Econometric analysis has shown a strong correlation between SOS Children’s Village activity and the decrease in number of orphans in 2 districts of Minsk region. The policy paper enumerates main best practices in orphanhood prevention field and provides recommendations for Belarusian policy makers.
9-pages policy paper presents the results of innovative research realized by CASE Belarus in 2014. CASE Belarus experts have statistically proven the existence of the ‘poverty belt’ around Belarusian capital. Minsk remains the biggest centre of economic activity. However, the researchers have found that its growth is slowing down. Economic activity is moving to the satellite towns, which develop faster than the capital. At the same time the metropolis and satellite towns are growing at the expense of the further located neighbouring areas. They are characterised by shrinking population, poor economic performance and growing social problems.
This policy paper briefly describes the phenomenon of social orphanhood in Belarus. It presents main state policy measures designed to prevent the orphanage and deal with its consequences. The authors try to assess the economic effect which can be achieved thanks to the redirection of the state policy towards targeted orphanage prevention. They also provide recommendations for decision-makers in Belarus on improving the quality of policy towards orphans.
The report prepared in the frame of the project "Orphans in Belarus: fighting negative effects for beneficiary group" contains the information about orphanage problem in three European countries. It describes the causes of orphanage, state policy aimed to mitigate the problem as well as main institutions involved in guardianship of orphans.
The report titled “Socio-economic aspects of orphanage in Belarus” contains comprehensive and structural evaluation of national policy towards orphans in Belarus. It describes the scope of the problem, main aspects of national policy addressing the issue of orphanage, and analysis of the costs and benefits of the state policy. The report also contains the recommendations aimed at improving the effectiveness of the national policy and decreasing negative effects of the orphanage.