Community Based Approach to Local Development
Friday, 23 May 2008

Project Launches Activities in Crimea

On 23 May 2008 EU/UNDP Community Based Approach to Local Development (CBA) Project launched its activities in Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Regional seminar of the Project was held in Verkhovna Rada of ARC to present the CBA Project, mechanisms of its implementation with Deputy head of Verkhovna Rada of ARC M.Bakharev, Manager of European Commission projects in Ukraine V. Kondrachuk, and Senior programme manager O.Remiga. The meeting attracted interest of representatives from local authorities and seld government, NGOs and media.

The meeting was held with support of ARC authorities, who displayed keen interest and enthusiasm in continuing the practice of using and spreading community based development mechanism on the territory of Ukraine. Community based development mechanism has been successfully implemented since 1995 by Crimea Integration and Development Programme (CIDP), communities and local authorities/ self-government.

Presenting Community Based Approach to Local Development (CBA) Project Manager of European Commission projects in Ukraine Mr Kondrachuk specified the importance of communities participation in local development initiative to strengthen democratic governance, which is one of priorities of cooperation between Ukraine and EU. Ms Remiga presented the CBA Project in context of UNDP Ukraine strategies and goals.

The seminar was aimed at presenting the CBA Project implementation strategy and modus operandi in ARC with UNDP CIDP. Its results are highly estimated by Crimean communities and authorities. During the seminar a call for application was made. 8 rayons will be selected for participation in the CBA Project. Rayons can apply for the next 3 weeks up to 13 June. Please download Application Form here.

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.

In context of discussion of local development initiatives all-Crimean competition of Projects and Local self-government development programmes was presented at the meeting. Thus, the subject is really urgnt for Ukraine at present.