DSC06940Third phase of the EU / UNDP Community-Based Approach to Local Development (CBA) Project was launched in Zhytomyr regionThe launch event gathered together regional and local authorities, civil societies, private sector and media to discuss cooperation for promoting community-led local sustainable development further to improve the living conditions of people.The event took place on 29 September 2014. 

Distinguished invitees of the official launch of CBA third phase included Head of oblast state administration Serhiy Mashkovsky, Head of oblast council Vitaliy Frantsuz, Community Development Specialist of EU/UNDP Project “Community Based Approach” Olena Ruditch, leadership of rayon state administrations and rayon councils; and heads of village and city councils.

Head of oblast state administration Serhiy Mashkovsky underlined “Besides practical results, which gets our oblast, we also do a big step forward to European standards of territorial communities’ cooperation with authorities and local self-government bodies. In terms of previous cooperation with CBA Project eight rayons of our oblast have already participated in its implementation.”

Vitaliy Frantsuz, head of oblast council mentioned that “We will support implementation notonly in words, but also practically – providing costs from oblast budget necessary for implementation of community initiatives” as an example the head of oblast council recalled community of village Strybizh “At the beginning people didn’t believe that the Project is so effective. Now they understand that opportunities do exist. Being proactive, having proactive leaders, community receives support.”

 In its third phase, CBA project will strengthen capacities of regional and local authorities to practice participatory governance, as well as intensify community-based approach in Zhytomyr region. CBA activities will focus on rehabilitating basic social and communal infrastructure in the priority areas of energy efficiency, health, environment and water management together with promoting small farm and non-farm businesses in rural areas. It will support the Ukrainian Government in developing policies in the area of decentralisation and share innovative approaches and good practices on participatory governance and community-led local sustainable development through knowledge hub and the curriculum of twenty regional universities.

Third phase of CBA project will be implemented during 2014-2018 with a total budget of 23.8 million Euro, provided by the European Union (23 million Euro) and UNDP (800,000 Euro). Its objective is to promote sustainable socio-economic development at local level by strengthening participatory governance and fostering community-led initiatives across Ukraine.

Implementation of the first phase of CBA Project commenced in Zhytomyr region during June 2008. First phase was succeeded by a second phase in July 2011. Over these two phases, 47228 men, women and children of the region have benefitted from improvement in 27  schools/kindergartens, 33 healthposts, 5  water supply, 9 street-lightning and so on. This happened through joint effort of the citizens, oblast/rayon/local level governments, CBA Project and the private sponsors.

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