United Nations Development Programme

Russian Federation

Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Many countries are increasingly vulnerable to violent conflicts or natural disasters that can erase decades of development and further entrench poverty and inequality. Through its global network, UNDP seeks out and shares innovative approaches to crisis prevention, early warning and conflict resolution. And UNDP is on the ground in almost every developing country - so wherever the next crisis occurs, we will be there to help bridge the gap between emergency relief and long-term development.

Sustainable Integration and Recovery in North Ossetia-Alania

Since the beginning of nineties, the North Caucasus has beome one of the most vulnerable regions of the Russian Federation in terms of socio-economic development and stability. In 1995, the United Nations and its NGO partners started providing humanitarian assistance and protection to the population of the region, which, with time, spread to five republics: Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia-Alania, Dagestan, and Kabardino-Balkaria. Since 2004, the situation in the North Caucasus has improved, largely thanks to the efforts of the Federal Government and the Federal policy of budgetary leveling. As a result, the United Nations started to gradually shift from humanitarian activities to assistance in economic recovery and development.

A new UNDP initiative financed by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) successfully started on November 01, 2004 via the launching of the programme Sustainable Reintegration and Recovery in the North Caucasus to support the transition from emergency relief to recovery and development. A number of pilot projects were carried out in the Republics of North Ossetia, Ingushetia and the Chechen Republic during the past four years focused on rural development, economic growth, entrepreneurship development and the capacity-building of government officials.

On November 2008, the Government of Japan and the United Nations decided to allocate over US $3.6 million for UN activities in North Ossetia-Alania. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) implement the new project, Sustainable Integration and Recovery in North Ossetia-Alania. The strategic support of economic and social recovery in North Ossetia-Alania will allow to reach a broader human security goal of the project that of strengthening the capacity for social resilience and integration in the North Caucasus.

Construction of a Sports Boarding School in Beslan after Ivan Kanidi, Republic of North Ossetia- Alania

After the tragic events in Beslan on 1-3 September 2004, when the secondary school No 1 was attacked by terrorists., which led to numerous victims among children and adults, the Government of the Kingdom of Norway, through the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Moscow, offered to support the Government of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania to recover from consequences of the terrorist attack and offered to fund construction of a sports boarding school in Beslan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway offered UNDP to be its representative in the project.

The embassy of Greece also approached the Government of North Ossetia-Alania with a proposal to fund a construction a sports boarding school. Taking into consideration the similarity of both projects, the Ossetian Government offered to merge the two projects into one and to build one sports boarding school complex. According to the quadrilateral agreement, UNDP implements the project, while the executing agency of the project is the Administration of the Municipality of Pravoberezhny region of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, as nominated by the Government of the Republic.

On 6 September 2010, the Beslan sports boarding school had a grand opening ceremony. Mr. Taimuraz Mamsurov, Head of the Republic of North Ossetia Alania; Mr. Espen Barth Eide, State Secretary of the Kingdom of Norway; Mr. Michael Spinellis, Ambassador of the Republic of Greece in Russian Federation; Mr. Knut Hauge, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in RF; and Mr. Frode Mauring, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in the RF took part in the opening ceremony.

The sports boarding school is currently well functioning, attended by 228 children. It is one of the best equipped and the only boarding school in Beslan area. The project is in its final stage now.