Ivano-Frankivsk can serve as a model for engaging community to municipal management, UN official says

09 Jul 2013

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UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Alessandra Tisot visited Ivano-Frankivsk and met with Ivano-Frankivsk Deputy Governor Mr. Igor Zvarych, Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk Mr. Viktor Anushkevychus, Deputy Head of the City Council Mr. Ostap Dzesya and local coordinators of UNDP-EU Community Based Approach Project (CBA).

Since 2004 Ivano-Frankivsk local government and municipality have been UNDP’s active partners in applying community-based approach to improve lives of thousands of local residents. According to research conducted by the Focus Magazine in 2012, Ivano-Frankivsk is the most comfortable Ukrainian city for living.

Two large UNDP projects have been implemented in Ivano-Frankivsk since 2004. The Municipal Governance and Sustainable Development Programme (MGSDP) financed jointly with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is helping residents of cities and towns to join their efforts in implementing micro-projects that solve local problems. The Community Based Approach to Local Development Project (CBA) financed by the European Union is working in similar way in rural areas. These projects have improved lives of more than a hundred thousand of people in Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Typically, the first priority in rural areas is ensuring that the local school, kindergarten or health clinic is more energy efficient. The second priority is water supply. Other initiatives include the purchase of a school bus or equipment for local health clinics, or ensuring proper waste disposal. In urban settings, UNDP promotes the creation of associations of co-owners of apartment houses, and supports energy efficiency, water supply and sanitation projects.

Deputy Governor of Ivano-Frankivsk Mr. Igor Zvarych thanked UNDP for fruitful cooperation and expressed his hope that the partnership would be further enhanced and expanded.

“If I know that UNDP is implementing a project I can be sure that the money allocated will be spent properly and, as a result, our people will live better. Ivano-Frankivsk oblastis ranked first in terms of number of micro-project implemented. Our region can serve as a CBA training and demonstration ground for other regions”- underlined Ivano-Frankivsk Deputy Governor.

Ms. Tisot thanked the Deputy Governor for his support of the CBA project and expressed her confidence that Ivano-Frankivsk region will remain to be a leader in implementation of UNDP local development projects.

“Community based approach to local development is a joint effort that can’t be successful without contribution and support of local authorities and participation of community at all levels. It has created an environment for joint decision-making, initiated bottom-up planning processes, cemented local devel­opment partnerships and promoted social cohesion.- Ms. Tisot underlined.

Meeting Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk Viktor Anushkevychus, UN Resident Representative and UNDP Resident Coordinator thanked the city official and his team for their support of Municipal Governance and Sustainable Development Programme (MGSDP).

“Ivano-Frankivsk can serve as model for engaging community and local residents to municipal management and local development” – emphasized Ms.Tisot.

Mr. Anushkevychus noted that the municipality takes cooperation with UNDP very seriously.

“In the past 9 years together we have successfully implemented more than 126 micro-projects with total budget of more than 15 million Hryvna. We have improved living conditions of more than 15,000 residents. 20,000 children now can enjoy improved educational facilities. Most projects that we implemented improved energy efficiency and addressed important sustainable development issues. Moreover, we started to use community based approach methodology for implementing our own project that have no donor support.