Cherkasy region is central part of Ukraine. It borders with such regions as Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Poltava and Vinnytsia. Cherkasy region territory occupies 3.5% of the total area of Ukraine with a population of about 1.25 mln. About 57% of the region population lives in cities and towns.
Cherkasy region includes 20 rayons, 16 cities, 15 urban villages, 824 villages.
The largest cities and towns of the region are Cherkasy, Kaniv, Smila, Zolotonosha and Vatutine.
Cherkasy region is largely dominated by agriculture. While the winter wheat and sugar beets are the main products grown in the region, barley, corn and tobacco are also grown. Cattle breeding is also important. The region has also important industrial sectors. The industry is mainly concentrated in Cherkasy, the region's capital and the largest city. There are such industrial branches as chemical industry, machine building, furniture making and agricultural processing.
The EU/UNDP CBA Project Implementation in Cherkasy Region
Implementation of the first phase of the EU/UNDP CBA Project commenced in Cherkasy region during August 2008. First phase was succeeded by a second phase in July 2011. Over these two phases, 122 085 men, women and children of the region have benefitted from improvement in 51 schools/kindergartens, 37 health posts, 7 water supply, 25 street-lightning and 3 agricultural services. This happened through joint effort of the citizens, oblast/rayon/local level governments, the EU/UNDP CBA Project and the private sponsors.
Third Phase of the CBA Project
Third phase of the EU/UNDP CBA Project was initiated in Cherkasy region with regional launching and signing of MoU which took place on 24 September 2014. The region received a quota of 9 rayons for standard\replication components.
Rayons selected for the CBA-III: Mankivskyi, Zvenyhorodskyi, Lysianskyi, Katerynopilskyi, Drabivskyi, Chyhyrynskyi, Smilianskyi, Shpolianskyi, Kamianskyi.
Micro projects approved as of 31 March 2016: 27 micro projects (2 – health, 13 – energy saving, 3 – water supply, 5 – energy efficiency, 4 – rural economic development). Around 24,800 persons will benefit from implementation of these initiatives. Total budget for the initiatives is approx. UAH 8.8 mln (approx. USD 324,800). The EU/UNDP Project will provide around UAH 6.3 mln (approx. USD 232,500).
The EU/UNDP CBA Project support for Internally Displaced Persons
The EU/UNDP CBA Project has supported 1 micro projects in the region aimed to address this issue: major repair in social dormitory in Rodnykivka village, for a total amount of almost UAH 2 mln (USD 73,800). The premises of the social dormitory were renovated, including adding dividing walls, renovating ceilings and walls, arranging water supply system and sewage; replacing windows and doors). The floor was also replaced with a modern one, with heating. The additional sanitary facilities were created and kitchen, hot water boilers, repair of heating system: installation of pyrolysis boiler and steel radiator. The refurbished building can host 80 IDPs.