ORT, founded in St Petersburg in 1880, returned to Russia in 1989 to develop both traditional ORT educational programmes as well as economic and social development projects under International Cooperation throughout the region. ORT IC programmes were run in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Montenegro, Russia, Slovak Republic, Turkey and Ukraine.
ORT has historically focused its efforts on the reintegration of refugees in post-conflict societies, and played an active role in revitalising civil society through the development and promotion of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Workforce development and vocational training programmes were designed and delivered to meet the labour markets in various countries.
Refugee assistance and counselling programmes were designed in response to regional crises. Information, communication and technology programmes reached many different segments of population.
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