Community Based Approach to Local Development
Friday, 11 December 2009

VILLAGE COMMUNITY COMPLETES ITS FIRST JOINT PROJECT WITH UNDP

Yerkivtsi, Kyiv Region, 3 December: For many years Yerkivtsi villagers have been suffering from disruption of water supply due to pipe-leaks. Unable to solve this problem on their own expense, in summer 2008 the local village community eagerly applied to participate in a joint EU-funded and UNDP-led Community Based Approach to Local Development Project. A year on the community celebrated the completion of the village water supply system repairs.

To mark the occasion Yerkivtsi community invited UNDP Resident Representative Olivier Adam and Deputy Head of Kyiv Region State Administration Yuriy Kovbasiuk to visit their village and participate in the grand opening of their first successful joint project with support of UNDP/EU Community Based Approach to Local Development Project (CBA).

Olivier Adam congratulated the community members for their accomplishment and expressed happiness to see that the partnership between regional and local authorities, EU, UNDP and community organisation ‘VIRA-2008’ has borne fruit in form of empowered community and improved water supply system. 

Selected for participation in the CBA Project, the community created their own organization “Vira-2008”. It currently comprises 67 members. Later on, after registering their organization as NGO in December 2008, the community organization started planning activities, which were set to create a tangible difference in their lives.

With support from CBA Project, the community members discussed and identified development priorities to improve their living conditions. The top priority has been given to the repairs of water supply system, while the community organization started working on micro-project proposal with technical support from CBA and the District authority. The proposed project was aimed at repairing worn-out water supply system by replacing the pump and pipes and installing a new control unit. Total cost of the proposed project was UAH 140,123. To meet this cost, the community organization contributed 5%, with 45% disbursed from the local budget and CBA Project contributed 50% of the total funds.

The proposal was approved by CBA on 30 March 2009, through tender procedure the community organization selected contractors and supervised their works.

Repair was completed in September 2009. Now local community enjoys the benefits of regular water supply, and already prepares documentation for their second project.

Mr. Adam emphasized the value of the community’s collective action: upon solving one problem together the villagers now have learned the process of unleashing their potentials to help themselves. They can keep using their experience, skill, collective strengths and partnership with local governments to solve remaining development problems of the village one after another.