Enabling socio-economic and social participation: A contribution to stabilising the crisis region of the North Caucasus.


In autumn 2019 a new phase of the successful DRA education project in the Russian North Caucasus has begun. Beside measures which are directed on promoting start-ups and providing youngsters with opportunities for career orientation the project aims to strengthen inter-ethnic youth work. Another focus lies on the promotion of women. The overall project runs since 2007. For further information on the project-history click here and in our project-brochure.


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The DRA has withdrawn all measures and cooperation in Russia on the 26th of May. Find out more HERE.

Social stability through an economic perspective

„How do I start a business?“ – „Competition for the best business plan“ - Or „Businesswoman and Mother“: These, along with other keywords, will ultimately determine the next steps in project work in Chechnya and Ingushetia from 2019 to 2021. In cooperation with our regional partners, we promote start-ups and support the career aspirations of students and school leavers, as well as the participation of women in the labour market. We also hope to contribute to the establishment of the Co-Working Centre in the Chechen capital Grozny.

Youth work as a contribution to conflict prevention and inter-ethnic reconciliation

A comprehensive programme of youth work is being implemented in addition to the economic support. This includes events to promote voluntary commitment to social and ecological issues, a training programme for youth work multipliers in tolerance and anti-discrimination training, and a study trip to Germany for selected experts involved in youth work.




Background: The Russian Caucasus between conflict and stabilisation

The Russian North Caucasus have a long and painful history of conflict and economic deprivation. Mass deportations during the Stalin era, two Chechen wars in the recent past and lasting security-threats have left deep scars upon the region. Many people suffer from a lack of economic prospects and, subsequently, a lack of social recognition within their communities. This often leads to frustration that sometimes even results in resorting into ethnic or religious fundamentalism. The 2019 to 2021 project phase seeks to furtherly contribute to the positive potential of the region and it’s young population and to provide targeted support.

We would like to thank our sponsors



Roman Elsner - Project manager (DRA, Berlin)

Jacob Riemer - Project coordinator (DRA, Berlin)