Donetsk3 September 2010, Kyiv: UN Resident Coordinator Olivier Adam has visited several villages in Donetsk region where he participated in inauguration of projects implemented by local communities. These community-based projects were completed in cooperation with local authorities and the joint EU-UNDP `Community Based Approach to Local Development Project`.

Donetsk3 September 2010, Kyiv: UN Resident Coordinator Olivier Adam has visited several villages in Donetsk region where he participated in inauguration of projects implemented by local communities. These community-based projects were completed in cooperation with local authorities and the joint EU-UNDP `Community Based Approach to Local Development Project`.

DonetskUN Resident Coordinator Olivier Adam has visited several villages in Donetsk region where he participated in inauguration of projects implemented by local communities. These community-based projects were completed in cooperation with local authorities and the joint EU-UNDP `Community Based Approach to Local Development Project`.

In the Region`s Krasnoarmiyskiy district, UN RC visited the renewed school in Lysivka village, a kindergarten in Novoekonomichne village and a local health post in Grodivka village.

During the visit, the local communities told UN Resident Coordinator how they self-organized and started cooperation with international donors and local authorities.

For instance, the villagers in Lysivka villadge managed to implement two micro-projects: to repair the local water supply system (1,7 km long) and to repair the local school.

The Novoekonomichne village community improved energy saving in kindergarten by replacing old windows and doors to plastic ones.

In Grodivka village, the local community organization solved two most urgent problems by implementing two micro-projects: to improve energy efficiency in their kindergarten and conduct capital repairs at the local health post (where old windows and doors were also replaced to plastic ones).

All these projects were implemented within November 2009 – August 2010. Average duration of project implementation was 4 months, with average cost of micro-project of UAH 160,000.

“For a long time, we didn’t believe that the result was possible. We attended the meetings, but did not believe. When the works on water-supply system started, a hope was actually born. Now you see the improved conditions. This is happiness, and this happiness has been created by our own hands, jointly – by community organization, authorities and the CBA Project”,  Natalya Sergienko, a member of community organization of Lysivka village, shared her impressions.

"People feel more confident in our organization. Specifically, they are aware of the fact that the future of our village is in our hands”, comments  Lyudmyla Martynenko, head of CO “Dzherelo”.

Olivier Adam congratulated communities on outstanding results of self-organization and implementing self-help initiatives.

"The results of these micro-projects are the testimony of the great potential of the empowered people. Beyond that, there is a change in mentality that cherishes self-reliance and allows rural communities to efficiently cooperate with different levels of authorities, implementing joint initiatives. We are just a catalyst in this process of unleashing peoples’ potential”, he added.

The UN Resident Coordinator highly estimated the results achieved in Donetsk Region and emphasized that UNDP was highly motivated to look for additional sources of funding for such highly demanded and rewarding initiatives.

In the framework of his visit to Donetsk Region, the UN Resident Coordinator also visited Donetsk University of Management. Olivier Adam greeted the students and professors with the beginning of a new academic year. The UN Resident Coordinator presented activities of the United Nations in Ukraine and addressed the questions of the audience. Finally, the Memorandum of Understanding between UNDP and the University was signed by Rector Oleksiy Povazhnyi and Olivier Adam. The Memorandum envisages future cooperation for research and dissemination of the concept of sustainable local development with communities’ involvement.

The CBA Project was launched in Donetsk Region on 18 December 2008. Since the Project`s launch, rural communities have formed 40 self-governed community organizations to improve their living conditions in close partnership with local authorities and the CBA Project through complex renovation, effective energy use, and systemic management of local facilities. Over 50 community micro-projects are being currently implemented. The total cost of these MPs amounts to over UAH 7,4 million, with UAH 3,5 million allocated by the CBA Project, about UAH 3 million – by the village, town and city councils, UAH 407,000 – by the district authorities, UAH 40,000 – by private sector and UAH 405,000 – by local communities.

For more information about the Project`s implementation in Donetsk please contact:

In Donetsk: Lyudmyla Shynkarenko and Oleksiy Lyzenko, Donetsk OCRC coordinators. Tel. (050) 4177360, (050) 4177360; E-mail: lyudmyla.shinkarenko@undp.org.ua and alexey.lyzenko@undp.org.ua.

Contact person in CBA Project central office: Ganna Yatsyuk, CBA Project Communications Specialist at tel./fax: (+380 44) 280 36 18, 280 43 58; E-mail: ganna.yatsyuk@undp.org.ua