IDP entrepreneur helps revive Poltava’s traditional craft of carpet weaving
Dec 6, 2017
Oleksandr Dovzhenko, 53, from Donetsk, turned to the Spilnokosht crowdfunding platform to raise money for his business: creating traditional hand-made carpets and tapestries. This project is a result of the Crowdfunding Academy for entrepreneurs affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which opened its doors in February 2017 in Kyiv, with the support of the British Embassy in Ukraine. Internally displaced people and residents of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts graduated from the academy have launched crowdfunding campaigns with the continued support of UNDP.
UNDP Forum on Decentralization
Dec 4, 2017
United Nations Development Program in Ukraine (UNDP) held a forum entitled “The Role of Local Self-Government and Civil Society Institutions in the Process of Decentralization” on November 16-17, 2017 in the city of Sviatohirsk. The forum had the aim of sharing and publicizing positive experiences of decentralization – primarily by highlighting best practices in local government and successful examples in Ukraine and abroad of building up civil society in a reformed environment.
UN Social Cohesions and Reconciliation Index for Eastern Ukraine was launched
Dec 4, 2017
On 28 November, UNDP – together with UNICEF, IOM, the PDU and SeeD – launched the UN Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index for Eastern Ukraine (USE). The USE is a sophisticated analytical tool that allows us to understand what is social cohesion. It provides both descriptive and predictive analysis that helps identify strategic entry points for policies and programs that contribute to strengthening social cohesion, particularly in conflict-affected communities.
UNDP, Netherlands and Ukraine team up to support over 7,000 people daily crossing contact line to access social benefits
Nov 30, 2017
A mobile office for legal aid was opened today at the Novotroitske checkpoint in Donetsk Oblast to meet the increasing need to support people living in the non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine. In average, more than 7,000 people cross every day at the Novotroitske checkpoint, a large majority of whom are vulnerable people, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and women who need to claim social benefits and access health services. The office will provide legal counseling (oral and written advice, the preparation of legal documents, referrals, etc.) to more than 600 people a month crossing the contact line at this checkpoint.
UNDP helped restore degraded peatlands in Ukraine: summarizing 5-year project results
Nov 29, 2017
UNDP in Ukraine helped restore degraded agricultural peatlands in Chernihiv region, established the regional landscape park "Nizhynskiy", set up two cooperatives for the production of briquettes, milk collection and processing as well as opened a bicycle and two ecological paths. These activities were accomplished within the five-year project "Clima East Pilot Project: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Peatlands", implemented with the financial support from the European Union.
Youth voice matters for the democratic reforms in Ukraine, youth workers say
Nov 28, 2017
On 27 November, over 100 youth workers from all over Ukraine came together at the UNDP-supported First All-Ukrainian Youth Workers’ Forum in Kharkiv to promote and acknowledge the effective forms of cooperation and networking among youth workers in Ukraine.
#UINN Youth Innovations Challenge: teams from Lviv, Kyiv, and Mykolaiv share awards for 15,000 USD
Nov 27, 2017
Twelve teams of young semi-finalists from different regions of Ukraine presented their innovation ideas during the U-Inn Pitching Day, held in Kyiv. They were all participants in the Youth Innovation Challenge U-Inn, encouraging young people to develop innovative initiatives to improve the respect of human rights and strengthening democracy in Ukraine at the local level. An independent jury chose three winners in the categories: Technological innovation, Social script, and Social entrepreneurship. The winners will implement their projects within 3 months with the UNDP support. In March 2018, the implemented projects will be presented at the UInn Youth Innovation Festival.
Human Rights in Ukraine: UPR side-event with Civil Society and Ombudsperson
Nov 27, 2017
In November 2017, Ukraine underwent its 3rd Universal Periodic Review of human rights at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. With this occasion, the United Nations Development Program supported a number of civil society organizations and the Ukrainian Ombudsperson in organizing a side-event to discuss the challenges that the country has faced since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and the onset of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
UNDP awards three young directors for their short movies on inspiring entrepreneurs
Nov 27, 2017
UNDP in Ukraine, together with the Molodiya Festival, and with financial support from Poland, organized the contest to tell the stories of entrepreneurs displaced by the conflict in Ukraine who, despite all their economic and political difficulties, have rebuilt and developed their businesses. The winners of the contest were announced at a ceremony in Kyiv on Nov. 24.
Luhansk entrepreneur uses innovative method to rebuild roads in Ukraine’s conflict zone
Nov 22, 2017
The United Nations Development Programme will present on 24 November 16 video stories showing successful enterprises from the east of the country. The stories feature ordinary people who have managed to start or develop a business, and create new jobs. The stories are motivating, and the business ideas they are implementing are inspiring.