Community Based Approach to Local Development
Saturday, 28 February 2009

Zvizdne Village Community Demonstrates First Results of Self-Organization to Foreign Delegatio

In the framework of the visit to the AR Crimea the delegation of European counterparts visited the community of Zvizdne Village (Krasnogvardiysky rayon, AR Crimea) to see the progress of local initiatives implementation in the framework of the CBA Project.

Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Ukraine, Ambassador Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira headed the delegation that included Ambassadors of Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic, and Finland. European Union allocated about 12 mln. euro to implement the CBA Project in Ukraine, that is why it was especially interesting for the Ambassadors of European Union members to see the example of joint European funds use.

The head of Leninska village council V.Medvedchuk welcomed the guests and speified that local authorities completely support creation and activities of community organizations on the territory f the village, so far as ‘united into community organizations villagers are mobilized, active, and responsible.’ Village head confirmed willingness to include CO priorities to plans of village development, and be a partner in their projects realization, and fund them.

Representing his community, head of local organization Rustem Memedov pointed, that the greatest difficulty was to unite people and help them believe that only having united they can not only solve the problems of infrastructure, but also develop economically and culturally.

The community decided to participate in the CBA Project in August 2008, registered on 23 September 2008 as a civil society organization. At the community board meeting its members discussed their problems and priorities, made the development plan, elected leaders, a cashier and a functional group. They determined the priority problem which is reconstruction of water supply system and elaborated corresponding project proposal, approved it at the Local Development Forum and at the meeting of Pre-Selection Committee in Kyiv. At present the community has received the major sum of funds from the CBA Project and the sum from the village council and used it for purchase of pipes, meters, and payment for doors substitution at the pumping station.

CO Zvizdne cashier Lyuftie Ametova told about received by the community payments, and the sum of savings, that they have for the project implementation. CO functional group head, who is in charge of the project realization, informed about the project details, its cost and counterparts’ investments. The community has already discussed the question of giving water supply system onto the balance sheet of local authorities and elaborated preliminary calculation of water cost. The final stage of works is expected to be completed as soon as the weather allows. According to the plan, water supply system is to function at the end of March 2009.