Rural households in Ukraine are faced with lack of employment opportunity and low income basically due to lower actual production than potential capacity, higher input cost and low return on the outputs. Under its rural economic development (RED) component, CBA-II tries to address these issues. It aims to enhance capacity of rural low-income households, in 15 locations of 7 oblasts, by enabling them to get organised into agricultural service cooperative, generate capital, improve skills and carry out a series of production, processing, marketing and service related activities. For discussion of results and perspectives of this CBA component a Working Group Meeting was launched in 2012.
On October 11, Letters of Agreement (LOAs) were signed by UNDP Country Director Ricarda Rieger, Head of Lvivska Oblast State Administration Viktor Shemchuk and Head of Lvivska Oblast Council Petro Kolyada. The agreement is aimed at implementing of innovative energy efficient technologies on cost sharing basis and thus enhancing energy efficiency of the region. The signing took place during the XIII International Economic Forum which was held in Truskavets on 10 – 12 October 2013. The Forum brought together members of the governments of Eastern European countries, politicians and financiers, experts and leaders of international and Ukrainian business to discuss strategic issues of development of Ukraine in the context of international globalization and integration.
On 11 October 2013, a special on-site session of Coordination Council on implementation of CBA-II Project in Donetska oblast was held in Mnohopillya village of Amvrosiivsky rayon. The aim of the meeting was to overview the results of piloting microprojects, aimed to boost agricultural development of rural areas in the region. To that end, heads of 18 rayon councils were exposed to experience of ‘Miy Dobrobut’ agro-service cooperative, one of 2 piloting cooperatives, established with support of CBA-2 in Donetska oblast. Ms. Alessandra Tisot, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine, participated in the field meeting.
In Mnohopillya village, as well as in many other villages of Donetska oblast, economy is based on mainly agricultural activities involving up to more than 90% of the total households including animal breeding, dairy, poultry, vegetables and fruits. Key issues facing the village are low level of knowledge among householders, lack of modern agricultural technology, remoteness from markets, lack of marketing and technical information and lack of jobs.
The II phase of the Community Based Approach to Local Development Project (CBA) launched its activities on 7 June 2011. The Project is funded by the European Union and is co-financed and implemented by UNDP Ukraine. The total budget of the second phase of the Project’s is €17,1 million with 98.4% contribution from EU and 1,6% cost sharing from UNDP, which will be used to support sustainable socio-economic local development. More...