Community Based Approach to Local Development
Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and ARC Exchange Experience in Development of Local Communities

On 14-15 October CBA partners from AR Crimea, Donetska and Dnipropetrovska oblasts exchanged their experiences in the realization of community initiatives. A delegation from ARC visited Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts to learn about the experiences of OIUs, to see the cooperation between local authorities and communities, and to exchange experiences with representatives from local communities. The delegation from ARC consisted of Advisor, Standing Commission on Self-Governance Olha Sapeha, First Deputy Head, Association of Local Self-Governance in ARC and Sevastopol Radmila Holosova, First Deputy Head of Sakska RSA Serhiy Zolkin and others. Donetska Oblast State Administration was presented by the Advisor of the Governor Mr. Oleksandr Yakutshyk, and Head, Cooperation with Public Department, Mrs. Olha Mashtakova. Participants of the meeting watched a film about the experience of the Donetska oblast in the implementation of the CBA Project. Representatives from the Donetska oblast shared their experiences of successful MPs realization with the guests. In particular, they noted the following important constituents: explanatory work among local citizens, active participation of local authorities, coherent prioritization of local problems, and support of the local community. ARC delegation also visited the Krasnoarmiisky rayon to meet rayon leaders, and visited the RCRC. Then the guests visited Mykolaivka and Lysivka villages, Krasnoarmiisky rayon, where local communities presented their experience of MP realization and shared the secrets to their success. On 15 October the delegation learned about the experiences of the Dnipropetrovska oblast. In Pavlohrad the guests visited a community resource center and communicated with representatives from authorities of all levels: 9 VC heads, head of RC and CBA coordinator from OSA Mr. Oleksandr Mayetnyi. The delegation also visited two rural communities in the Dnipropetrovska oblast: Pryvovchanska CO ‘Dobrobut’ has repaired their local kindergarten and Bohuslavska CO repaired local outpatients’ clinic and procured the necessary medical equipment.