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Human Security Monitoring and Public Dialogue for Socio-Economic Development and Conflict Prevention in Crimea
What is the project about?
The Project is aimed to support the Human Security Council in Crimea as a key dialogue platform for conflict-prevention and development. UNDP supports HSC’s operation through providing evidence for decision-making (research), and enhancing capabilities of Crimean authorities to establish authentic dialogue with expert society and ethnic groups in the region. UNDP also supports expert and analytical organizations in becoming trusted partners of the government in solving development problems in Crimea, by conducting a number capacity building initiatives in this sphere.
The Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC thereafter) is Ukraine’s most distinct and complex region due to its history, ethnic composition, cultural legacy and constitutional status. It is prone to permanent conflict risks.
While there are manifestations of inter-ethnic tensions in Crimea, most analysts, civic leaders and government officials continue to maintain that there is no potential for such tensions to translate into violent conflict in the near-term. The lack of a coherent national policy on inter-ethnic relations, however, coupled with the absence of social cohesion measures, including platforms for inter-ethnic dialogue, are often cited, as factors that can lead to “destabilisation” in Crimea. Limited representation of national minorities in the system of public governance, and limited involvement in decision making processes has led some civic leaders and communities to disengage from dialogue and reconciliation. If not properly addressed, relations between such communities are likely to remain tense.
This project is based on the work carried out by the Crimea Integration and Development Programme over the period 2006 to 2010 to develop an effective Human Security Monitoring system and to strengthen the Human Security Council as an effective platform for public dialogue on development issues.
What have we accomplished so far
Since 2006, at the Human Security Council meetings 13 thematic reports were discussed on a wide spectrum of issues, including: youth development, land issues and inter-ethnic relations, small business development, living standards, the problems of rural tourism, and solid waste management, etc. The Council developed recommendations, some of which were adopted by the authorities of the ARC (in particular, measures to support small business, research in the field of rural tourism provided the basis for developing The Rural Tourism Development Concept of the ARC). In addition, the researchers conducted in cooperation with the UNDP, follow up with thematic discussions of the Crimean Parliament.
In addition, to mid-2012, the UNDP provided support to the Human Security Council in preparation of regular monitoring reports, which, using diverse methodologies provided extensive information on the socio-economic situation in the ARC. In total, 26 such reports have been prepared since 2006.
The Human Security Council has been reformatted in early 2012. Today it is an expert, an advisory body, which includes 24 members - representatives of the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC, Council of Ministers of Crimea, and independent development and conflict prevention experts representing diverse points of view in the Crimea. Work of the Human Security Council is provided by the Secretary of the Council - Deputy Chief of Staff of the ARC Parliament.
In total, since the HSC has been reorganized in March 2012, the Council held 54 meetings on raising a range of issues such as draft laws on ethnic policy concept of Ukraine, and analysing the factors which affect living standards in Crimea. Most recent report provided in-depth analysis of tourism potential in Crimea (analysis of the profile of potential and incoming tourists in Crimea). The Human Security Council session conducted in October 2013 –on the basis of the report – developed policy recommendations related to the extension of the tourist season, using competitive advantages of current tourism potential as well as conducting targeted campaigns for the image building of Crimea.
Who Finances it?
The project is funded by the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery.
How are We Carrying out Our Mission?
The project will aim to fulfil the above main goal through the following activities/outputs:
Output 1 - Stronger strategy/policy development linkages between Crimea and national level
In order to achieve this output, the project explores the feasibility to support the national Government, in particular, the Ministry for Regional Development and Construction, in its efforts to develop a coherent and inclusive regional development strategy for Crimea and to establish a constructive dialogue with the authorities of the ARC on those issues.
Output 2 – System of and platform for public dialogue developed at republican and local levels
This output will be achieved by developing the ownership of the Human Security Council by the Crimean authorities and by ensuring the capacity development of HSC members so that they can engage effectively in public dialogue on development, peace and security issues. The project will also support the HSC in clearly articulating its different roles to the wider public, that is:
- Awareness raising of development or other issues of concern to minority or majority groups in Crimea
- Enhancing public dialogue
- Influencing public policy making
- Contributing to the constructive and peaceful management of conflicts (in coordination with other parts of the Government and civil society at the level of Crimea)
The Situation and Early Warning Reports, produced by UNDP Crimea, will be disseminated to a much wider audience through the UN system and through the HSC itself. The project will ensure that the HSC will use the reports not only for internal discussions, but to stimulate wider public debates and outreach to mass media in Crimea.
Finally, the project will support the HSC members in developing concrete policy recommendations resulting from the findings/conclusions contained in the analytical reports, the official HSC sessions and more informal dialogues.
Output 3 – Strengthened analytical work and capacity building of regional/local analytical institutions and networks
The achievement of Output 3 will require that the UNDP Crimea produced monitoring reports develop a stronger focus on socio-political developments in order to serve as stronger early warning mechanisms for potential tensions and conflicts. Some occasional papers, with a stronger focus on socio-political (“sensitive”) issues, will also be produced “outside” the HSC context to ensure independent research and analysis and interpretation.
Output 4 – Media engaged in more pro-active contribution to tolerance and trust building
The Project will be identifying partnership opportunities with IOM, in particular building on IOMs experiences with its “Diversity Initiative” throughout Ukraine, and related media and advocacy work. Cooperation with UNICEF will also be explored to specifically target multi-ethnic youth regarding tolerance building and related outreach work with the media.
Delivery in previous fiscal years
- Project start date:
- Estimated end date:
- Geographic coverage:
- Focus Area:
- Local Development
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; Promote gender equality and empower women; ensure environmental sustainability
- Project officer:
- Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Human Security Council under the Speaker of Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea