Community Based Approach to Local Development





Rayons of the Cherkasy Region have successfully implemented the CBA methodology

On 25 May, deputies of the Shpolyans’ka rayon council almost unanimously adopted the program “Support and Development of Local Communities and Local Initiatives of Local Communities of the Shpolyans’ka District in the year 2011-2012.” This district oriented program encourages the implementation of activities of the rayon through competitive mechanisms for the co-financing of community initiatives in the Shpolyans’ka rayon. Employees of the district’s community resource center developed the program and nominated deputies for the district council. Head of the District council, Sergei Hrebenichenko, explained that after studying the experiences of the realization of the project “Community Based Approach on Local Development,” Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky, Sarnensky rayons and our Cherkasy collegues from Zvenyhorod encouraged us to take this decision. Furthermore their own participation in the project demonstrated the effectiveness of the CBA methodology for rural development.  

Agreement on the financing of the second phase of the Project “Community Based Approach on Local Development” was signed

On 31 May in Brussels, Ukraine and the European Commission signed an agreement on the financing of the project “Community Based Approach on Local Development, Phase II.” The agreement was signed by the First Deputy-Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Andrei Klyuyev, and European Commissioner for the expansion of the European Neighborhood Policy, Stefan Fule. During the briefing after the document was signed, the European Commissioner, in particular, noted that good governance is not only a matter of reforms on the national level, but also relies on involving people in governance and being consistent with the citizen’s opinions. In turn, A. Klyuyev noted that within the framework of the agreement, local authorities will provide project proposals for the funding to specially created committees, which will then choose the best from amongst them. The First Deputy-Prime Minister noted that already, even within the realization of the first phase of the CBA project, several interesting projects were offered, especially in energy conservation and energy efficiency, and in the sphere of housing and communal services. Furthermore, A. Klyuyev noted that projects may be proposed to solve other problems of local government, such as improving water supply and sewage systems, and the cleaning up of territories. European Commission An audio recording of the signing and the press briefing can be found at:   

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The Community Based Approach to Local Development Project (CBA) launched its activities in September 2007. The Project is funded by the European Commission within the framework of Tacis technical assistance Programme and is co-financed and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). EU financial support has enabled considerable expansion of UNDP’s experience on Area Based Development Approach currently being implemented through three other projects, namely Crimea Integration and Development Programme, Chornobyl Recovery and Development Programme and Municipal Governance and Sustainable Development Programme. CBA Project aims to cover all oblasts of Ukraine and Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Regional launching on the Project is to be completed by the end of 2008, engaging all oblasts of Ukraine and Autonomous republic of Crimea.

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