Community Based Approach to Local Development
Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Rural communities speak about the success of cooperation with CBA

Since 2001 the CBA Project has cooperated with more than 1000 local communities across Ukraine to favor sustainable development of rural territories through the implementation of self-help community initiatives. Experience in the Ivano-Frankivska oblast within the framework of the Community Based Approach to Local Development Project was presented at the conference. The example of the Halych community, that had established the ‘Open Your Heart to People’ charity fund and realized its energy saving project in a local kindergarten, was mentioned. The CO general meeting identified two pressing problems to be solved: namely the reconstruction of the sewage system and repair of the roof of a local kindergarten. The total cost of two MPs was UAH 325,000; the CO’s share was more than UAH 14,000. Representatives from the CO ‘Development Agency of Perechyn town’ presented a success story of self-organization in the Zakarpatska oblast. At the CO general meeting, the local community identified domestic waste disposal as its urgent problem. MP total cost is UAH 189,000. Now the local community is going to solve the problems of sorting and recycling domestic wastes. Experience of rural communities in the Volynska oblast was presented at the conference by activists of the Kysylyn community. In the past two years, the local CO has realized two energy saving MPs: replacement of windows and doors in a local kindergarten-school and the replacement of the roof. The total cost of the two realized MPs sum up to UAH 322,000. Community ‘Dobrobut’, Uvysla village, Ternopilska oblast, has also realized two micro-projects: reconstruction of LHP (UAH 199,000) and energy-saving measures in local schools (UAH 160,000). Furthermore, the local community has collected budget funds (UAH 720,000) to repair the local kindergarten and raised funds to procure furniture and sports equipment. Representatives from CO ‘Regional Development Agency of Holovetska Village Council’, Lvivska oblast, presented the results of the EU/ UNDP assistance through their own success story. In particular, the local community has realized an energy saving project in a local school. The MP’s total cost was UAH 167,000. Head of Operations of the Delegation to the European Union to Ukraine, Ms. Laura Garagnani, and UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Olivier Adam were also participants of the conference. Mr. Adam noted: ‘The community-based approach requires activation of local citizens and establishment of an effective partnership between the local community and authorities to jointly develop their settlements. This approach has been successfully realized in Ukraine by the UNDP, local authorities and other donors for more than 10 years. CBA’s successful experience is widely recognized abroad; it is important for us that more Ukrainian communities learn about the approach and adopt it’. UNDP/ CBA Community Based Approach to Local Development Project will be realized by March 2011. The initiative is funded by the European Commission within the framework of technical assistance Programme and is co-financed and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of the Government of Ukraine. The CBA budget is €13.3 million with 90% - EU contribution and 10% - UNDP share. The project supports communities in all regions of Ukraine in covering the most urgent developmental needs through self-organization, capacity building, and implementation of small-scale community initiatives. Approval of CBA-II is at its final stage. CBA-II will be implemented for 4 years and will have a budget of € 17 million. For more information about the CBA Project please see: www.cba.org.ua