Community Based Approach to Local Development
Friday, 04 June 2010

LEADERSHIP OF DONETSK REGION AND UNDP UKRAINE PRAISE LOCAL COMMUNITIES FOR OUTSTANDING DEVELOPMENT RESULTS

 How do rural communities develop in one Ukraine’s most powerful industrial region? What is the impact of citizens’ joint effort on local development? How do regional and local authorities cooperate with communities and support local initiatives? These were the issues on the agenda of first meeting of Donetsk Oblast Coordination Council created to coordinate implementation of joint EU/ UNDP Community Based Approach to Local Development Project (CBA) in the region.
 The meeting of Oblast Coordination Counsil was held on 4 June 2010 in Donetsk oblast state administration.
The meeting was chaired by Anatoliy Blyznyuk, Head of Donetsk oblast state administration, and Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecka, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Ukraine. Participants of the meeting were also heads of the key departments from oblast state administration and oblast council, leadership of 8 pilot rayons, representatives from NGOs and media. The meeting was followed by press-conference.
Anatoliy Blyznyuk presented results of the Project activities in the oblast and outlined perspectives of implementation of community initiatives. In Governor’s view, community based approach proved its efficiency, therefore there is now a big demand among rayons to adopt CBA methodology for local development. In this context, it was suggested to hold introductory seminars on CBA in every rayon in the region.
Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecka remarked the outstanding progress of Donetska oblast in realization of CBA Project: cooperation being launched here with a delay of one year, the bond ‘local authorities – communities’ managed to obtain outstanding results often exceeding the progress of other regions of Ukraine. Partners from UNDP and Donetsk oblast leadership expressed their determination for strengthening partnership and discussed perspectives of expanding the Project’s geography to encompass more rayons in the oblast within phase-2 of CBA Project.
The Project was launched in Donetska oblast on 18 December 2008. Since then 40 self-governed community organization were formed by rural communities to improve their living in partnership with local authorities and the CBA Project through complex renovation, effective use, and systemic management of local facilities. 45 community micro-projects are being implemented. Total cost of these MPs is more than UAH 6 million, with UAH 3 million allocated by the CBA Project, about UAH 2.8 million – by village, town and city councils, UAH 257,000 – by rayon authorities, UAH 36,000 – by private sector and UAH 328,000 – by local communities.
The CBA Oblast Coordination Council was created by Donetsk Governor’s decree of 31 March 2010, with the purpose to provide platform for cooperation between local communities and authorities within the framework of CBA Project fulfilling Partnership Agreement between Donetska oblast state administration, Donetska oblast council and UNDP Ukraine and in order to facilitate sustainable social, economic and environmental development.
For further information about the state of the Project implementation in Donetska please contact:
In Donetsk: Lyudmyla Shynkarenko and Oleksiy Lyzenko, Donetsk OCRC coordinators. Tel. (050) 4177360; E-mail: lyudmyla.shinkarenko@undp.org.ua and alexey.lyzenko@undp.org.ua.

Contact person in CBA Project central office: Ganna Yatsyuk, CBA Project Communications Specialist at tel./fax: (+380 44) 280 36 18, 280 43 58; E-mail: ganna.yatsyuk@undp.org