Community Based Approach to Local Development
Friday, 22 February 2008

Presentation of Project in Luhansk Oblast Marks the Beginning of CBA Implementation in the Region

On 22th February 2008 Regional Seminar of CBA Project was held. It was aimed at presenting the Project to local stakeholders including officials of Luhansk Oblast heads of rayon administrations and councils, NGOs, and mass media. Before the seminar was held International Project Manager Jasingh Sah had a meeting with oblast authorities, where they discussed perspectives of Partnership Agreement signing between UNDP/CBA Project, Luhansk Oblast State Administration and Oblast Council.

According to this Agreement, oblast administration will assist and facilitate Project implementation in Luhansk 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.

Deputy head of Oblast state administration Mr Khunov expressed interest of oblast leaders in community based development mechanism implementation in Luhanska oblast and assured of their direction to result. He expressed his conviction that local authorities support the Project implementation in the region.

Head of Standing Budget Committee of Oblast council drew attention of the audience to the scale of the Project and encouraged all local stakeholders to actively respond to Project initiatives applying for participation and take action to forge partnership with the Project.

Mr. Sah, International Project Manager expressed gratitude for invitation to present the CBA Project in Luhanska oblast, mentioned Luhansk 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.