Community Based Approach to Local Development
Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Project Activities Launched in Odessa Oblast

Regional Seminar of CBA Project was held in Odessa Oblast State Administration. Before the seminar was held International Project Manager Jasingh Sah had a meeting with head of oblast state administration Mr Serdyuk and Head of oblast council Mr Skoryk. Oblast leadership expressed support of community development initiatives and expressed intent to sign Partnership Agreement with UNDP/CBA Project in the framework of the Project implementation in Odessa oblast.

Community Based Approach to Local Development (CBA) Project, its implementation strategy, and modus operandi were presented at oblast level. Special attention was paid to explaining community-based approach that presupposes participatory distinguishing of territory development priorities, participatory planning and measures realization for sustainable development of respective village/ settlement/ town.

During the second half of the seminar heads of rayon administrations had the possibility to learn about the CBA Project implementation on rayon level and terms of partnership with rayons. International project manager Jaysingh Sah made a call for application. 8 rayons will be selected for participation in the CBA Project. Rayons can apply for the next 2 weeks. Communities of selected rayons will be able to elaborate initiatives for living conditions improvement; approved micro-projects will be funded by the CBA Project and local authorities. Potential communities-participants are villages, settlements, and towns with population up to 10 000 people.