Community Based Approach To Local Development Project, Phase III (CBA-III)

Project Summary

The Community-based Approach to Local Development (CBA) project promotes sustainable socio-economic development at local level by strengthening participatory governance and fostering community-based initiatives throughout Ukraine.It mobilizes local authorities, community organizations and private sector to plan and carry out together projects aimed at improving the living conditions of people in urban and rural areas.

Improvement of social infrastructure provides benefits to 2.6 million people in over 2, 000 villages and communities. More than 2500 local development initiatives were carried. This happened through joint effort of the citizens, oblast/rayon/local level governments, CBA Project and the private sponsors.

In its third phase, CBA project will focus on rehabilitating social and communal infrastructure in the priority areas of energy efficiency, health, environment and water management in rural and urban territories. Also, it will promote small farm and non-farm businesses in rural areas. It will support the Ukrainian Government in developing policies in the area of decentralization and share innovative approaches and good practices on participatory governance and community-led local sustainable development through knowledge management hub and the curriculum of thirty regional universities.

CBA-III supports small economic initiatives in rural communities of 12 regions (RED component) and implements community-based approach into urban housing (12 regions, 24 cities).

Project goals

  1. Build capacities of local communities and authorities in applying community-based approach, participatory local planning and public service delivery, rehabilitating basic social and communal infrastructure, and developing small farm and non-farm businesses.
  2. Enhance energy efficiency through energy planning and efficient energy use, innovative technologies and awareness campaigns.
  3. Share best practices and knowledge on community mobilization and participatory governance through the knowledge hub and advocate for policy changes towards decentralization and local democracy.
  4. Integrate community-based approaches to local governance and development in the curriculum of academia and educational institutions.

Specific objectives are:

1) To promote community based approach to local governance and sustainable development by:

- strengthening the capacity of local communities, local authorities and universities in applying community led development;

- integrating participatory mechanisms for local planning and public service delivery into the day-to-day practices of local governments;

- supporting community-based initiatives for sustainable rehabilitation, management and operation of basic social and communal infrastructure;

- promoting small farm and non-farm business development in rural areas;

2) To enhance energy efficiency at local level by:

- building capacity of local communities and local authorities in energy planning and efficient energy use;

- supporting innovative community initiatives in efficient energy use; and

- raising public awareness on energy efficiency based on grassroots level best practices

3) To support the creation of the locally owned and managed repository and network of good practices and knowledge on community mobilization and participatory governance by:

- documenting and codifying lessons learnt and institutional arrangements established during the CBA implementation

- advocating for necessary policy changes towards decentralization and local democracy;

- establishing a network of knowledge hubs for the creation, analysis, and sharing of innovative approaches to community based development

- supporting academia and other educational institutions in curriculum and capacity development for promoting community based approaches to local governance and development

The project will support community led activities in the following priority areas:

  • Health (local health posts network)
  • Environment
  • Water management
  • Improved Management of Housing sector
  • Energy efficiency
  • Local economic development
  • Expected results

  • Local communities and authorities have better capacities for participatory planning, decision-making and collective actions to implement sustainable local development initiatives.
  • Community members, community organisations (COs), associations of co-owners of multi-apartment buildings (ACMBs) and elected/state authorities have the knowledge and skills to implement community-based methodology for achieving local sustainable development.
  • People in rural and urban areas enjoy better living conditions as a result of improved basic communal services and income-generating activities.
  • Non-profit agricultural service cooperatives carry out economic activities which generate employment opportunities for households in rural areas.
  • Public campaigns carried out to increase awareness about energy efficiency.
  • Innovative municipal governance practices and toolshelp to provide information, deliver better public services and foster people’s participation.
  • Experience on community mobilization and participatory governance collected and disseminated through the knowledge management hub as well as integrated into the university curriculum.
  • Donors

    European Union

    23 million Euro


    800.000 Euro

    Results and Achievements:

    First phase of CBA commenced in 2008 and was succeeded by a second phase in June 2011. Over these two phases, improved health services, access to clean water and waste management, learning environment and public safety achieved through the participatory implementation of community projects - renovation of 1323 schools/ kindergartens, 599 health posts, 110 water supply, 17 environment, 556 energy-saving street illumination and 27 others. 

    Together with regional and local authorities, civil societies, private sector CBA project in its second phase improved the living conditions of people and promoted community-led local sustainable development across Ukraine. As a result 1326 microprojects were implemented during second phase.

    CBA-II aims to support low-income rural households to undertake joint economic initiatives. This is done through development of 16 multi-functional agricultural service cooperatives (ASCs) which provide economic services and generate employment opportunities for households in rural areas.

    EE component of CBA-II aims to enhance local capacity by enabling citizens and local authorities to learn about energy efficiency technologies and use them jointly to solve their energy problems. Six oblasts (Kharkivska, Dnipropetrovska, Zaporizhska, Lvivska, Ivano-Frankivska and Zakarpatska) received support for regional energy strategy and technical documentation besides micro-projects. Other regions received micro-project support.


    More results of CBA-II are available at the web site

    Donors and Budget:

    CBA-III Project is financed by the European Union and is co-financed and implemented by UNDP, with the support of the Government of Ukraine and in partnership with local executive and elected bodies. Total budget of CBA-III is € 23.8 million (23 million Euro -  contribution from EU and 800.000 Euro – cost-sharing from UNDP).

    Who are our partners?

    • At local level - community organizations, village councils, city councils,
    • At rayon level - rayon councils and rayon state administrations.
    • At regional level - regional authorities (regional state administrations and regional councils),
    • At national level :

            · Administration of the President of Ukraine (APU)

            · Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Secretariat of Cabinet of Ministers, relevant ministries (Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing Economy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine)

            · Ukrainian Association of Local and Regional Authorities of Ukraine, Association of Cities of Ukraine, Association of Small Towns of Ukraine, Association of Cooperatives of Ukraine, All-Ukrainian Association of Village and Settlements Councils

            · 33 partner universities of Ukraine


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