Creating new jobs to meet the needs of families in Luhansk, eastern UkraineApr 10, 2017
In 2 years, UNDP’s jobs co-financing and small grants programmes resulted into creation of over 440 new jobs in Luhansk region.
“When I hear about number of new jobs created in the region with UNDP support, I realize that this solves not only employment issues, but also social problems of many families,” said Mr. Yuriy Harbuz, the Governor of Luhansk region at the meeting with UNDP team in UN House in Severodonetsk on 6 April.
In the framework of the UNDP Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, eight crucial infrastructure buildings were rehabilitated, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, children care centers, bridges and water pumping station, with five more to be restored in 2017. Additionally, some 100 training sessions, focus groups discussions and forums brought together civil society, local government and law enforcers in 10 target communities (hromadas) in the Luhansk region; and support was provided to the Centers for Administrative services in these hromadas.
Infrastructure rehabilitation in conflict-affected Donbas
“Together with the UNDP team we have implemented many interesting and important projects in the region: the Regional Development Strategy was updated and the Regional Development Agency created, the first East -Expo for business was successfully held, we could organize training courses, seminars and study tours, and UNDP provided support to the implementation of the decentralization reform,” said Mr. Roman Vlasenko, Deputy Governor of Luhansk region at the UNDP forum for local communities on effective cooperation with the State Regional Development Fund, held in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region, on 6 April.
“Just on the way here I saw a UNDP grantee doing repair of asphalt road. On the regional scale, it’s not too much, but it is significant for the city of Severodonetsk and a great success for the entrepreneur himself. Multiplying these small achievements, we work on the development of the whole region.”
The UNDP Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme operates in the eight eastern regions of Ukraine, with the financial support from the British Embassy in Ukraine, governments of the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, European Union and the European Investment Bank.