Community Based Approach to Local Development
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Ivano-Franskivsk Oblast Authorities and UNDP Sign Partnership Agreement

On 22th February 2008 Partnership Agreement between UNDP/CBA Project, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast State Administration and Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Council was officially signed in the premises of the Oblast State Administration in presece of about 70 local stakeholders including officials of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, heads of rayon administrations and councils, NGOs, and mass media. The official event became possible due to keen interest of oblast leadership to understand and implement community based approach to local development in Ivano-Frankivsk region.
According to this Agreement, oblast administration will assist and facilitate Project implementation in Ivano-Frankivsk region, in particular by means of:

·                    allocating a premises for Oblast Implementation Unit / Community Resource Centre,

·                    appointing one of Oblast State Administration staff to perform day-to-day coordination with Oblast Implementation Unit,

·                    facilitating creation of Oblast Coordination Council, which is to be chaired by the Governor,

·                     incorporating development initiatives into program of Oblast Administration.

Governer Mr Palijchuk greeted the CBA Project Manager in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast and assured in support of the Project by local authorities. He expressed also his conviction that the Project implementation will result not only in improvement of living conditions in rural area, but also in the change of community attitude to self-organization and self-help. He expressed his conviction that the approach offered by the Programme has great potential in resolving this problem.
Head of oblast council Mr Olijnyk specified positive experience of implementation of Municipal Governance and Sustainable Development Programme projects in Ivano-Frankivska oblast. At the same time, the necessity to spread these projects experience both in towns and villages is obvious. Thereby, the CBA Project implementation in Ivano-Frankivska oblast has vital premise for success, taking into consideration that oblast citizens are well-informed in communities self-organization examples and results of their activities.
Mr. Sah, International Project Manager expressed gratitude for invitation to present the CBA Project in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, mentioned Ivano-Frankivsk hospitality and briefed about the importance of community based approach for local sustainable development in light of the declarations made at Johannesburg World Social Summit and Local Agenda XXI. He shared the experience of UNDP in Ukraine on community-based development approach. Project experts Ms. Yatsyuk and Mr. Sheyhus presented CBA goals, strategy, modus operandi and terms of partnership.
Mr. Bilyk, Municipal Project Coordinator of Ivano-Frankivsk MSU, briefed about the activities of the Municipal Governance and Sustainable Development Programme in Ivano-Frankivsk and results obtained so far. He pointed out that all achievements became possible only after combining the efforts of local communities, Ivano-Frankivsk municipality and the UNDP.
To finish the seminar one of oblast leaders expressed gratitude to UNDP Management for spreading Project activities in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast and called for local counterparts to join the CBA Project initiative towards improvement of living conditions by applying for participation in the CBA Project and launching cooperation with the Project.