Community Based Approach to Local Development
Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Poltava Regional Seminar Marks the Beginning of CBA Implementation in the Region

On 19th February 2008 Partnership Agreement between UNDP/CBA Project, Poltava Oblast State Administration and Poltava Oblast Council was officially signed in the premises of the Oblast State Administration in presence of about 80 local stakeholders including officials of Poltava 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 Poltava region.

The session was initiated by Mr. Asadchev, Head of oblast administration with a note that traditionally hard-working Poltava region will participate in the Project full of initiative and result. Governer paid local authorities’ attention to topicality of the CBA Project priorities and their correspondence with problem spheres and priorities to improve living conditions in the oblast. He expressed his conviction that the approach offered by the Programme has great potential in resolving this problem.

Head of oblast council, Mr. Udovichenko 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 Poltava oblast, mentioned traditional Poltava 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.

Upon a series of questions and answers, Governor and Head of oblast council signed the Partnership Agreement. According to this Agreement, oblast administration will assist and facilitate Project implementation in Poltava 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.

After signing the Partnership Agreement, representatives of oblast leadership expressed gratitude to UNDP management for extending its support to Poltava oblast and assured his commitment to achieve excellent results.