Empowering civil society to advance reforms in Ukraine

5th Civil Society Development Forum brought together 1200 Ukrainian civil society professionals to promote best practices that ensure the development of adequate skills and organizational capacities to ultimately enable civil society to effectively move the reform process forward in Ukraine.

Luhansk Regional Development Agency now operational

The newly-created Luhansk Regional Development Agency has been provided with the necessary office equipment enabling it to start working on the region’s recovery and development.

16 days of activism against gender-based violence in Ukraine

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, through 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence will raise public awareness and mobilize people in Ukraine and everywhere in the world to change perceptions and behaviors.

First weeks of UNDP medicine procurement for 2016 already show USD 3 million in savings

Few weeks in UNDP’s renewed medicine procurement cycle for 2016, amounts contracted so far already show savings of USD 3 million compared to prices from 2015, which are immediately reallocated to the procurement of additional medicines to supply more patients suffering from rare diseases with essential treatment.

How to protect the integrity of Ukraine’s medical procurement against corruption?

New UNDP assessment of the level of vulnerability of the health procurement sector’s integrity highlights the central role of the legislation, regulatory and management environments in allowing corruption and collusion to occur, and provides recommendations to effectively reform the Ukrainian health procurement system.

We need #EachOther: join the national campaign for social inclusion and cohesion

UNDP launches a nationwide campaign called “We Need Each Other” (#EachOther) to foster mutual understanding by pointing at the stereotypes and prejudices that hinder the inclusion of 1.7 million people forcibly displaced from the Donbas region and Crimea, to ultimately promote integration and social cohesion within Ukraine's communities.

Forging peace through tolerance and solidarity

On International Tolerance Day, the UN Development Programme brings together girls, boys, women and men from all ages, conditions and backgrounds in Kramatorsk, Donetsk, to promote tolerance, solidarity and non-violence in times of conflict, and to highlight the human rights challenges facing minorities, vulnerable groups and disabled people in their daily life.

UNDP procurement savings will supply USD 4 million of additional medicines

UNDP uses USD 4 millions of savings to extend procurement to additional medicines and medical supplies. The delivery of around 60% of additional medicines is expected by the end of 2016.

On the road against conflicts of interest in Ukraine

Ukrainian public servants and civic activists in 13 cities across Ukraine will receive first-hand briefing on the relevant provisions of anti-corruption legislation and training to respond effectively to potential and actual conflicts of interest.

Heating and hot water: cutting half of Ukraine’s energy import needs…and bill

As COP22 unfolds in Morocco, the UNDP report points to inefficiencies in heating and hot water supply to Ukrainian houses, highlighting that the energy saving potential of the five regions which consume 41% of the country’s energy resources is worth USD 3.1 billion – almost half of Ukraine’s imports of natural gas. Setting targets, monitoring progress and effective enforcement are key to achieving greater energy efficiency.

27 winning approaches to address the internal displacement challenge and meet IDPs needs in Ukraine

UNDP handbook highlights 27 best practices and case studies to successfully address the challenges of internal displacement in Ukraine at a two-day forum which fostered knowledge and experience sharing between local communities.

E-declaration is a real breakthrough in Ukrainian reforms

While adopting different technical or legal shortcuts, Ukraine should not compromise on the fundamentals – it takes quality systems and the genuine political will of Ukrainians and their leadership to fight corruption.

UNDP to procure a wider range of medicines in 2016

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine (MOH) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a new agreement, which doubles the number of State health programs under which UNDP will procure medicines and medical products to Ukrainian patients for the budget year 2016.

Lifestyle monitoring: an innovative instrument in Ukraine’s cruisade against corruption

“What is a lifestyle check? It is an investigation into the character and lifestyle of government officials and employees to determine consistency with their income. It presumes that government officials living extravagantly, beyond their means, may be involved in graft and corruption. It is anchored on freedom of information and access to important data.”

From energy efficiency to energy independence

The Energy Efficiency Fund and the draft law introduced by Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Gennady Zubko at the UNDP Forum on “Energy Independence. Creating Energy Efficiency Fund” will pave the way to energy efficiency reform in Ukraine, create 75,000 jobs, attract over UAH 60 billion of investments in smart green projects for greater energetic independence and inject UAH 10 billion in State and local budgets.

An effective e-declaration system will be a watershed for the country.

"Despite the setbacks to be expected along the road, an effective asset declaration system that enjoys the trust of the Ukrainian people will be built, and it will allow Ukraine to move into a new era where corruption is an exception rather than the rule, and where public officials and civil servants are respected for serving the general public, rather than their own personal interests." BY MARCUS BRAND, UNDP Democratic Governance Advisor

UNDP: recovery from conflict in Ukraine requires long-term focus

Sustained support is required to help conflict-affected communities recover from the violence in Eastern Ukraine, said the UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of the UNDP in Europe and the CIS, as she concluded a four-day visit to the country.

Keeping our eyes on the long-term in Eastern Ukraine

"Now more than ever is the time to harness all the resources and capacities possible to support the communities affected by the conflict and make sure that people can ultimately put a roof over their heads, food on the table and send their children to school." By CIHAN SULTANOGLU, UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of UNDP in Europe and the CIS.

Bioenergy: the future of Ukraine?

Innovative and sustainable heating systems take ground in Kyiv: biomass boilers, if emulated, can cut public spending on heating in schools by up to 60%, and significantly contribute to Ukraine’s effort to improve its energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

Rada for Europe: driving reforms across Ukraine

How to make democracy a reality in Ukraine and, most importantly, how quickly can it be done? This was the question discussed today by the leading European and Ukrainian reformers on a high-level panel discussion on ‘Parliaments and Comprehensive Democratic Reform’ at the Verkhovna Rada.

More patients treated as UNDP reports 98% of procured medicines delivered

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (MOH) presented the one-year review of UNDP emergency medicine procurement: as of October 12th, 2016, the volume of drugs shipped to Ukraine reaches 98% of the total amount contracted, with budget savings and leftovers of over USD 4 million, allowing for additional procurement of life-saving treatments.

Public experts from all Ukraine trained on UNDP-UNEP Sustainable Procurement approach.

UNDP Eurasia experts team delivered a 2-day innovative training on UNDP-UNEP Sustainable Procurement approach to Ministry of Health specialists in public procurement healthcare, in order to help government officials design and implement sustainable public procurement policies that equally factor in the social, economic and environmental impact of their operations.

Ministry of Health officials trained to prevent conflicts of interest

Line managers at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine are now equipped with sound knowledge to prevent conflicts of interest.

New UNDP, European Investment Bank accord to boost cooperation to reach Global Goals

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at boosting collaboration toward achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Is Ukraine making strides toward a more equal society?

As Ukraine comes under review by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in February 2017, women's rights activists groups draw up their lists of issues and questions to guide the CEDAW Committee’s examination of the State periodic report on compliance with CEDAW’s requirements.

E-Declaration for public servants’ assets: public scrutiny to curb corruption?

After supporting the development of the e-Declaration system for officials’ assets to support institutional reform and fight against corruption in Ukraine, UNDP has handed over the software package to the National Agency on Corruption Prevention, upon the successful tests results, clarification of all legal safeguards and validation by all State agencies involved in its development.

Biofuel workshop to create jobs, cut public spendings and revive local economy

New pellet fuel producing workshop is expected to benefit 10,000 people, reduce schools’ energy spending and create 18 new jobs in the Andriivka village and its neighbourhood in the Donetsk Oblast.

Infographics: UNDP reports on medicines delivery progress

Infographics: UNDP reports on medicines delivery progress Full-size infographics Getting its first shipment of health care products in 1 April 2016, UNDP was able perform 92% delivery in monetary value already in August, 26. This tangible outcome was achieved through UNDP clear and visible tender processes, and in...

Ukrainian children to be immunized by French vaccine Pentaxim

At the request of the Health Care State Programme of the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Ukraine, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was appointed to source the pentavalent vaccine. The pentavalent vaccine is a combined vaccine with five individual vaccines intended to actively protect against...

UNDP delivered life-saving medicines and health products in a transparent way to Ukraine

UNDP delivered life-saving medicines and health products in a transparent way to Ukraine Kyiv, 17 August 2016 – As of today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has delivered 92 percent of all contracted medicines and health products to Ukraine’s Ministry of Health. These efforts have saved the...

Ukraine 23% higher than world average in UN E-Government Development Index

Latest United Nations E-Government Survey shows substantial progress in Ukraine towards higher levels of e-government development. In 2 years, the country has jumped by 25 points in e-government and 45 points in e-participation, now ranking 62nd of 193 countries across the globe.

Startup grants now open to IDPs and local communities of Donetsk and Luhansk regions

UNDP launches today its competition for grants to support entrepreneurship and the creation of small businesses in Ukraine. It is open for applications until 15 August 2016 to IDPs and local populations residing in certain cities and regions.

Racial discrimination in Ukraine: work in progress

Ukrainian civil society assesses the extent to which Ukraine has complied with human rights standards set forth by the International Convention of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), prepares for the Geneva review.

Doing business in Donbas: what are the main obstacles?

UNDP highlights main obstacles to the development of businesses in the conflict-affected regions of Ukraine and outlines key recommendations for an improved business climate that would stimulate the creation of companies and jobs in Donbas.