EU and UNDP Report on First Achievements in Community Development

17 Oct 2012

The 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of Community Based Approach (CBA) Project –II aimed to review the status and achievements of CBA-II in 2012 and envision plans for 2013 took place in Kyiv. The conference was hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine.

The meeting convened Ukrainian government and local self-governance officials as well as  senior managers of EU Delegation to Ukraine and United Nations Development Programme. Among them -  Mr. Andrew Rasbash, Head of Operations/Co-ordinator for Cooperation, EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ms. Ricarda Rieger, UNDP Country Director, Mr. Vyacheslav Nehoda, Head of Department of Coordination with Verkhovna Rada and the Regions, Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, representatives of various ministries, Mr Petro Honcharuk, Deputy head of Zaporizka oblast state administration and Mr Hennadiy Mykhailenko, Head of Sumy oblast council.

Opening the meeting Mr. Andrew Rasbash underlined that "CBA is an important success story for EU-Ukraine Cooperation. Thanks to UNDP's dedication and successful grass roots approach, Ukrainian communities are directly benefiting from EU help to improve their lives."

Ms. Ricarda Rieger expressed her appreciation of growing cooperation of national, regional and local partners of CBA, invited participants for inputs to enhance effectiveness of CBA-II implementation and thanked donors and partners for promoting community based approach to local development in Ukraine.

CBA experts have reported on the first results achieved by the project’s second phase.  Since its beginning in June 2011, Project team managed to mobilise over 406 735 citizens of small villages who created 837 self-governing community organizations with an aim to improve their living conditions. . Within CBA-II, 9071 persons (6875 CO-executives and 2196 local authorities) were trained and taught how to organize and plan the work of the organization, financial management, fundraising and implementation of micro-projects. 735 micro-projects were approved since inception of CBA-II.

Most of them, (78%) are related to energy saving, followed by healthcare services provision (11 %), water supply (10%) and environment (1%). Furthermore, 6.6% of these micro-projects are related with school/kindergarten, 11.5% with health post and 5% with community nature e.g. streetlight, water supply, waste management. A total of more than 842 000 persons will benefit from these micro-projects.

In addition, 244 communities started to replicate CBA methodology whereby communities’ micro-projects will be funded mostly from the local budget, with very modest support from CBA side. In addition, 2 new components were introduced to the project: rural economic development and energy efficient component. More complex and expensive micro-projects on innovative energy-savings and energy efficiency technologies will be implemented in 2013-14.

Results of CBA-I:

1175 Ukrainian communities from 200 pilot rayons benefited from CBA-I activities in 2007-2011.  The project helped rebuild health centres, supplied street lighting, provided school buses, replaced windows in schools and hospitals and ensured the supply of clean water. This has all been done by the organised local community groups under support of local authorities and co-funding from CBA, local budget, private sector and community contributions.

Over 1.2 million people have benefitted from implementation least 1303 sustainable community initiatives worth USD 25 mln have improved primary healthcare points, water supply management, environmental protection, energy efficiency and local transport services while empowering local communities. Over 1700 trainings were held to improve their organisational abilities of community leaders and local authorities.

The CBA approach methodology contributed to qualitative enhancement of local government, increase in trust towards authorities and establishment of effective cooperation between communities and authorities. United by a common goal of their community development, local residents become an active partner of local authorities and bodies of local self-government and contribute to sustainable local development. Community self-organisation has led to improvement of quality of life of citizens. Community members working on community project realisation experience growth of self-reliance.

More results of CBA-I are available it the web site:http://www.cba.org.ua/one/.