The conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in eastern Ukraine has had a significant and detrimental impact on human welfare, and on social and economic conditions overall. The assessments indicate that unemployment, especially among the disadvantaged groups (IDPs, women, youth, disabled, etc.), is expected to continually increase due to the decline in economic activity and thereby limited livelihoods and income generating opportunities in Donbas.
To address these challenges the project aims at providing social stabilization support to eastern Ukraine by addressing urgent social and economic needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local population affected by the armed conflict through creating job opportunities and improved and support to Small and Medium Enterprises. The project is implemented in the Government Controlled Areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, including communities residing near the contact line, and three neighbouring oblasts – Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia.
- At least 200 IDPs and local conflict-affected population (including at least 100 women) with increased knowledge and skills on starting and improving businesses;
- At least 50 new jobs created for IDPs and local conflict-affected population (including at least 25 jobs for women);
- At least 50 micro and small businesses provided with business consulting services and technical assistance;
- At least 15,000 people reached by information campaigns and SMEs promotion events.
Key results to date:
- 67 IDPs and local conflict-affected population (41 women, 26 men) increased knowledge and skills on starting and improving businesses; - 58 new jobs created for IDPs and local conflict-affected population; - 84 entrepreneurs provided with business consulting services and technical assistance.