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Wednesday, 01 June 2011

Rayons of the Cherkasy Region have successfully implemented the CBA methodology

On 25 May, deputies of the Shpolyans’ka rayon council almost unanimously adopted the program “Support and Development of Local Communities and Local Initiatives of Local Communities of the Shpolyans’ka District in the year 2011-2012.” This district oriented program encourages the implementation of activities of the rayon through competitive mechanisms for the co-financing of community initiatives in the Shpolyans’ka rayon. Employees of the district’s community resource center developed the program and nominated deputies for the district council. Head of the District council, Sergei Hrebenichenko, explained that after studying the experiences of the realization of the project “Community Based Approach on Local Development,” Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky, Sarnensky rayons and our Cherkasy collegues from Zvenyhorod encouraged us to take this decision. Furthermore their own participation in the project demonstrated the effectiveness of the CBA methodology for rural development.

 
Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Agreement on the financing of the second phase of the Project “Community Based Approach on Local Development” was signed

On 31 May in Brussels, Ukraine and the European Commission signed an agreement on the financing of the project “Community Based Approach on Local Development, Phase II.” The agreement was signed by the First Deputy-Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Andrei Klyuyev, and European Commissioner for the expansion of the European Neighborhood Policy, Stefan Fule.

During the briefing after the document was signed, the European Commissioner, in particular, noted that good governance is not only a matter of reforms on the national level, but also relies on involving people in governance and being consistent with the citizen’s opinions.

In turn, A. Klyuyev noted that within the framework of the agreement, local authorities will provide project proposals for the funding to specially created committees, which will then choose the best from amongst them. The First Deputy-Prime Minister noted that already, even within the realization of the first phase of the CBA project, several interesting projects were offered, especially in energy conservation and energy efficiency, and in the sphere of housing and communal services.

Furthermore, A. Klyuyev noted that projects may be proposed to solve other problems of local government, such as improving water supply and sewage systems, and the cleaning up of territories.

http://www.unian.net/ukr/news/news-438709.html

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An audio recording of the signing and the press briefing can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm?page=1&date=05/31/2011 

 
Saturday, 28 May 2011

EU ambassador praised the principles and results of the project of communities in the s.Pobivanka Sumy Region

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On 27 May, the delegation of the countries of the EU ambassadors, led by head of the EU delegation to Ukraine, Jose Manuel Pinto Teishera, visited a pilot community of the Project “Community Based Approach to Local Development” s.Pobivanka Sumy Region.

The local community warmly welcomed the guests with traditional hospitality and shared stories of their own experiences with self-organization and successful steps to improve living conditions. Chairman of the community organization explained that the path to overcome the distrust of residents towards the effectiveness of the organization for the current situation was challenging. However, eventually the residents voted in favor of the establishment of the community organization, and it now compromises of nearly 100% of the households. The community jointly tried to identify the main issues in the area, and came to agree that the main problem was the water supply. The problem was resolved through two micro projects with the assistance of the CBA Project; the total cost was 452 052 hrn. As a result, water towers and wells were renovated and 4.7 km central water supply system was laid out. Due to this the villagers have access to clean drinking water that meets healthy standards. The guests also had an opportunity to visit local households and taste the water from the new water supply.

Head of the EU delegation to Ukraine, Jose Manuel Pinto Teishera, thanked the community for the warm welcome and amazing work to improve their own standard of living. According to the ambassador of the EU, it was especially striking that most of the residents of Pobivanka grew up and lived in Soviet times, when the government took decisions for the community, and public action was punished. Nevertheless, they were able to change their outlook, take responsibility for the betterment of their community, and because of this reach such success. In the opinion of the EU ambassadors, the community deserves an especially high rating for their principles of transparency, accountability, and the democratic model of decision making in the community.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Pilot CBA Communities Receive ‘Eurobus’

In May 2011 an international team of the ‘Eurobus’ Project is going to visit Ukraine for the fourth time. Within the framework of the Project ‘Eurobus 4: youth from Europe to Ukrainian communities’ 12 young people from the European Union and 3 Ukrainians are going to travel by bus around Ukraine and hold training sessions for the local youth. Several settlements have been selected on competitive terms to participate in the Project, including the Svyatohorivka urban village, Dobropilsky rayon. The Hannivka village is recommended to jointly celebrate Days of Europe. The European Youths are going to present Days of Europe in each settlement they visit: they will meet with senior pupils and discuss the European integration of Ukraine, disseminate information about the EU and the opportunities it provides. Together the local youth and the international project team plans to conduct joint activities in the format of a fair.

 
Monday, 16 May 2011

Pupils Learn about ‘Europe’ Constructed by Rural Communities across Ukraine

On March-April 2011 27 regional school teams – winners of the first phase of the competition "Do you know Europe? Help Europe to learn about you!" visited the pilot project "Local Development based community" to explore the approach of joint decision-making and community initiatives to improve living conditions and local development.

On March-April 2011 27 regional school teams – winners of the first phase of the competition "Do you know Europe? Help Europe to learn about you!" visited the pilot project "Local Development based community" to explore the approach of joint decision-making and community initiatives to improve living conditions and local development.

Based on the experience, each team will develop a project initiative for their village/ city taking into consideration one of the following community priorities: energy efficiency, healthcare, water management, school transportation, and the environment. Because CBA focuses on the problems of small towns, the teams from large cities can submit projects that support the general mission - sustainable development of the community.

The second stage of competition will be held as a conference in Kyiv: the finalists will present their project papers in front of a jury. This conference will take place in the beginning of May 2011.

We wish good luck and success to all the competing teams!

About the Competition:

Within framework of ‘Ukraine-EU: An all-Ukrainian competition regarding cooperation and local development among senior pupils of Ukraine’ project (hereinafter – the Project) is held among senior pupils ‘Do you know Europe? Help Europe learn about you!’. The project is implemented by the Ukrainian ‘Nashe Radio’ broadcasting station, financed by European Union and supported by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine. Expert and methodological support is provided by civil society organization ‘Euroclub: Right and Protection’.

The competition is held in two stages:

The first stage of the Project (by correspondence)—consists of an on-line test regarding the European Union and various aspects of its activities, including technical assistance provided by the EU to Ukraine. 523 teams participated in the online testing. The testing was held during the period of 20-31 January 2011. Finalists have been selected. More information about the first round of the competition can be found at: http://www.euro-konkurs.org.ua/commands/final/

The second stage (personal)—is going to be held in Kyiv. There finalists are going to present their project papers.

More information can be found on the website for the competition: http://euro-konkurs.org.ua/

Any questions can be emailed to: euro-konkurs@hreuc.com.

 
Monday, 16 May 2011

Khmelnytsk Region Summarizes Achievements of Cooperation with CBA

On 25 March 2011 a working group meeting was held in the Khmelnytsky region to estimate the activity of CBA partner rayons. The meeting was led by Deputy Head of OSA Mr. L. Hural and Deputy Head of OC Mr. V. Osadchyi.

The Project achievements in the region are as follows: 50 micro-projects have successfully been realized, with total cost of UAH 6,903,891 (40 MPs – the main quota, 7 MPs – “40+” Quota, 3 MPs – “40++” Quota). All partners have met their commitments. Of all implemented MPs, 8 are devoted to healthcare, 33 - to energy saving, 4 – to water supply, and 5 – to school buses.

Participants of the meeting analyzed the results of the CBA-I partner rayons and rated the achievements. It was concluded that all 8 rayons had high performance in the Project realization. By the decided rating rayons are listed in the following order: Krasylivsky, Letychivsky, Slavutsky, Izyaskavsky, Bilohirsky, Horodotsky, Shepetivsky, Derazhnyansky. Results of the assessment of the rayons has been recorded and signed by all participants of the meeting.

Similarly, preparatory activities will be held to organize selection of rayons for CBA-II. All rayons should submit theier respective quantitative data byl 05 April for the assessment of social-economic state of rayons.

 
Monday, 16 May 2011

EU Announces New Competition of Energy-Saving Projects

Within the framework of the EU assistance programme in Ukraine, a competition of energy saving projects will be held. The projects will be financed by European Union.

NB: This competition is not related to EU/ UNDP Community Based Approach to Local Development Project.

General conditions of the competition:

  • EU will finance energy-saving projects realized in small towns
  • Grant winners will be selected on competitive terms in line with the EU procurement legislation

Amount of financing:

  • € 50,000 – 200,000
  • 50-80% of allowable costs
 
Friday, 22 April 2011

In Donetsk Region Community Development Initiatives Disseminate to Non-Pilot Areas.

Rayon authorities and representatives of local communities have shown interest in participating in the second phase of CBA. Taking into account the interest from non-pilot areas, community development officers held a series of seminars to promote CBA methodology  for 10 non-pilot rayons in December 2010. This attracted more than 100 representatives from rayon authorities and rural communities.

As of today CBA methodology is being disseminated in pilot and non-pilot rayons of the region: 39 community organizations have been officially registered in non-pilot communities of the pilot rayons; initiative groups have been created in communities of the non-pilot rayons.

LDFs function in all pilot rayons, while rayon community resource centers consult with citizen’s initiative groups regarding the initiation of civil society organizations, as well as participation of community organizations in other competitions.

Rayons and village councils reserved clear balance funds to co-finance community micro-projects in the framework of the CBA-II.

It should be noted that donors often give a higher preference to pilot CBA-I communities. For instance, Artemivsky rayon launched its regional development project ‘Improvement of investment environment in Artemivsky rayon, Donetsk region’. This project aims to increase the level of extrabudgetary funds and investments provided to this area. The goals of the Project are: improving the investment climate Artemivsky area, creating an effective system of investment policy in the region, dynamic economic development in the district, and a steady increase in the standard of living of residents of the region. There are also separate individual projects under this project.

In April 2011 the delegation of the Lubun province, Poland visited the Artemivsky rayon and Krasnenska community to see their achievements in cooperation with the CBA and international donors. In May 2011 ‘European Bus’ delegation is going to visit two non-pilot communities in Dobropilsky rayon.

Currently, village councils of the Donetsk region are preparing applications for the National competition of projects and programs on development of local self-governance. Furthermore, a regional competition of mini-grants among community organizations from all rayons of the region will be launched by the Donetsk oblast council.

The competition in 2011 is aimed at promoting and supporting rural communities as they solve their local social-economic problems, and to raise the level of activity of these communities.

 
Thursday, 21 April 2011

After Completion of CBA-I Local Communities of Luhansk Region Continue Cooperation with Local Authorities

After the completion of the first phase of the Community Based Approach to Local Development Project and the successful realization of community micro-projects, local communities continue cooperating with local authorities, using CBA methodology.

For instance, in the Antratsytivski rayon, Luhansk region, since January 2011 three meetings of LHF have been held to discuss the factors of rayon development and the preparation of O&M Fund Regulations. As of today 15 community organizations have been created and are functioning in the rayon; 7 of them have cooperated with international donors.

The district Program, ‘Support and Development of Territories and Local Initiatives in Antratsytivski Rayon in 2011-2013’, is scheduled to take the regular session of the District Council during 04/27/2011. Along with this the Regulations of the contest area community projects will be accepted and approved.

In the Bilovodsky rayon experts from RSA visited local communities to advise them regarding the development and support of local businesses; they discussed with community activists regarding the future maintenance of completed micro-projects and perspectives of cooperation amongst local settlements and international donors.

In Bilokurakynsky rayon leaders of the rayon state administration, rayon council, and village councils cooperated with the established community organizations. The Rayon community resource centre advised local activists, participants in meetings of community organizations, in identifying priority problems and issues of settlements etc.

Svativsky rayon community resource centre advised local community organizations. Meanwhile, local communities take up an active role in other competitions. During the meeting with village chiefs, the head of RC and the CBA coordinator from RSA emphasized the opportunity for village councils to participate in the all-Ukrainian competition of projects and programs of local self-governance. Currently, rayon leaders are considering preparation for ‘Support and Development of territorial communities and other initiatives in Svativsky rayon in 2011-2012’ Programme. In May 2011 three meetings are going to be held with the LHF in the Svativsky rayon to discuss community development plans, and their realization.

Leaders of the Stanychno-Luhansly rayon also actively supported CBA ideas: they held seminars and round tables. Moreover, rayon community resource centre favored the registration of 5 new community organizations.

In the Popasnyansky rayon on 14 April 2011 a meeting of the LDF was held to discuss the establishment of O&M funds, activation of local communities and authorities to participate in all-Ukrainian competition of projects and programs on local self-governance and in grant competition among local community projects and initiatives of the Popasnyansky rayon.

It is worth mentioning that the achievements and successful experiences of pilot CBA communities have inspired other rayons to take action and to solve their own local problems. Thus, for instance, on 09 February 2011 the delegation from Slovianoserbski rayon visited Bobrykivka village community, Antratsytivsky rayon. During the visit the local community and authorities shared their experiences in cooperation with EU/ UNDP Community Based Approach to Local Development Project and other counterparts. Next week a similar program will be organized in the ‘Loza’ community, Kosharska village council, Antratsytivsky rayon.

In the Sverdlovsky rayon, that did not participate in CBA-I, competitive mechanism of supporting local initiatives has already been introduced.

 
Tuesday, 19 April 2011

CBA-I Achievements in EU Cooperation News

Results of the EU/ UNDP Community Based Approach to Local Development Project were published in EU Cooperation News.

‘The CBA Project is not a philanthropic programme; it is a politically oriented Project, where ‘policy’ is the art of governance. It is aimed at the development of democracy at local level,’ - noted Jose Leon Lora, Head of Sector – Head of Operations Sub-Sector, Delegation of European Union in Ukraine.

‘The second phase of the Project (2011-2014) is oriented at energy saving,’ - emphasized Mr. Leon Lora. – ‘If previously we focused our attention on the social sphere, now we are going to actively introduce energy saving technologies, thus, 40-50% of projects are going to favor energy saving in rural territories. Currently, the problem of energy saving is global for Ukraine, and we want to contribute to its solution. Energy saving does not always require considerable investments; often it is a question of reasonably planned and economical consumption of energy.’

For more information regarding the conclusion of the CBA Project activities in EU Cooperation News, March 2011, please see the following website http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/ukraine/documents/eurobulletin/eb_2011_3_uk.pdf

 

 
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