Community Based Approach to Local Development
Wednesday, 09 March 2011

Introduction of Experience in Rural Communities Development in line with CBA Methodology in Cherkasy Region

After CBA coordinator from Cherkasy OSA participated in the OCC open meeting on 27 December 2010, oblast leaders launched an active learning and introduction of CBA experience in development of rural communities into the activities of state executive bodies/self-governance bodies.

With this aim several study visits have been organized by rayon specialists to Zvenyhorodsky and Shpolyansky rayons to study experience of RCRCs, LDFs, and COs. The head of the RC and experts from the Cherkasy RSA visited the Oblast Community Resource Centre and subscribed for its mailing. Furthermore, CBA coordinators organized a seminar for village heads to give more detail regarding the Project achievements in Cherkasy region and in Ukraine.

As a result, the Cherkasy Rayon Community Resource Centre on development of rural communities has been establised and a focal point has been assigned. A series of trainings for village heads and community activists has been launched to discuss the problems of CO registration, municipal fundraising, reparation of application to receive financial support from donors, and ‘bottom-up’ planning process etc.

In general, open OCC meetings resulted in regular visits of Cherkasy OIU by both CBA partner rayons and non-pilot rayons for advice in realization of social mobilization methodology. Cherkasy OIU has launched an electronic news mailing system regarding the best examples of developing rural territories, as well as the information regarding methodologies to attract additional resources for MP realization.