Місцевий розвиток орієнтований на громаду
Середа, 20 лютого 2008

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

On 20th February 2008 Partnership Agreement between UNDP/CBA Project, Sumy Oblast State Administration and Sumy Oblast Council was officially signed in the premises of the Oblast State Administration in presence of about 70 local stakeholders including officials of Sumy Oblast, heads of rayon administrations and councils, NGOs, and mass media. The official event became possible due to keen interest of oblast leadership to understand and implement community based approach to local development in Sumy region.

The session was initiated by Mr. Kachur, Head of oblast administration with a note that the CBA Project is in harmony with oblast administration initiative towards foundation of Local Development Centres that carry out their activities in Sumy region. Governer paid local authorities’ attention to rayons and communities competitiveness to participate in the CBA Project as an important factor and stimulus for self-perfection. He expressed his conviction that the approach offered by the Programme has great potential in resolving oblast problems and not only additional funding.

Head of oblast council, Mr. Shaposhnik 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.

Mr. Sah, International Project Manager expressed gratitude for invitation to present the CBA Project in Sumy oblast, mentioned Sumy 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.

Upon a series of questions and answers, Governor and Head of oblast council signed the Partnership Agreement. According to this Agreement, oblast administration will assist and facilitate Project implementation in Sumy 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.

After signing the Partnership Agreement, representatives of oblast leadership expressed gratitude to UNDP management for extending its support to Poltava oblast and assured his commitment to achieve excellent results.