Community Based Approach to Local Development
Thursday, 06 March 2008

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

On 06th March 2008 Regional Seminar of CBA Project was held in Zaporizhya. It was aimed at presenting the Project to local stakeholders including officials of Zaporizhya Oblast, heads of rayon administrations and councils, NGOs, and mass media. Before the seminar was held the Project Management had a meeting with oblast authorities, where they discussed perspectives of Partnership Agreement signing between UNDP/CBA Project, Zaporizhya Oblast State Administration and Zaporizhya Oblast Council.
Temporary acting Head of Oblast State Administration V.V.Cherkaska assured the CBA Project Manager in support of the CBA Project implementation and expressed interest in realizing community-based development mechanism in Zaporizhya and assured of direction on result.
First deputy head of oblast council Mr Klepakov 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.
Temporary acting Governer and Head of oblast council expressed their intent to sign Partnership Agreement with UNDP/ CBA Project. According to this Agreement, oblast administration will assist and facilitate Project implementation in Zaporizhya 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.

Mr. Sah, International Project Manager expressed gratitude for invitation to present the CBA Project in Zaporizhya oblast, mentioned Zaporizhya 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.
During the seminar a call for rayons participation in the CBA Project was made and Application Form was spread. As a result of the competition 8 rayons will be selected. Final term of application for rayons of Zaporizka oblast – 28 March 2008. Please find Application Form at: http://www.cba.org.ua/docs/application_form_rayons.doc. Please look at Explanatory Note for Application Form filling in at: http://www.cba.org.ua/docs/PZ_10_03_08.doc.
Call for application is also made in Rivnenska, Poltavska, Sumska, Luhanska, Ivano-Frankivska, and Zhytomyrska oblasts.