On 3 October 2014 the Third phase of the EU / UNDP Community-Based Approach to Local Development (CBA) Project was launched today in Sumy oblast with regional and local authorities, civil society organizations, private sector companies and the media. During the regional seminar participants discussed perspectives for further cooperation for promoting community-led activities to improve the living conditions of people in Sumy oblast1003-101534-09

Distinguished attendees included the First Deputy Head of Oblast State Administration Viktor Chernyavsky, Deputy Head of Oblast Council Valeriy Tolbatov, International Project Manager of joint EU/UNDP Project “Community Based Approach” Jaysingh Sah, Monitoring and Communication Specialist of joint EU/UNDP Project “Community Based Approach” Svitlana Slabinska, leadership of rayon state administrations and rayon councils; and heads of village and city councils.

“Sumska oblast very much appreciate cooperation with the EU/UNDP Project “Community Based Approach”. Thanks to such cooperation with international projects we were able to mobilize community for addressing issues we are facing. Community members become proactive, jointly with local authorities they plan development of their villages and plan their future”, - underlined in the welcoming speech Deputy Head of Oblast State Administration Viktor Cherniavsky.  

CBA activities will focus on rehabilitating basic1003-101338-06 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. 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 Sumy region.  It will support the Ukrainian Government in developing policies in the area of decentralization 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

Implementation of the first phase of CBA Project commenced in Sumy region during February 2008. First phase was succeeded by a second phase in July 2011. Over these two phases, about 60 ths. men, women and children of the region have benefitted from improvement in 29 schools/kindergartens, 16 healthposts, 33 water supply, 2 environment, 21 street-lightning, 3 school-buses, 4 rural economic development which use alternative energy sources and so on. This happened through joint effort of the citizens, oblast/rayon/local level governments, CBA Project and the private sponsors.

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




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