Boosting local economies and improving the lives of IDPs and local communities
One of the key priorities for UNDP in eastern Ukraine is the creation of jobs in order to enable persons affected by the conflict to have equal opportunities to earn their livings. Projects aimed at support for employability assisted some 3,320 conflict-affected persons to secure employment.
The support provided by UNDP has encompassed co-financing of employment and small grants programmes intended to launch new businesses or to assist businesses affected by the conflict to recover. Grants provided by UNDP resulted in the creation of 650 new jobs in different areas.
More than 6,630 men and women have learned about business development and upgraded their business skills at UNDP training sessions.
UNDP held four business expos in Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk, Kyiv and Lviv, in which 180 small and medium businesses had opportunities to present their products and services. An information campaign on business development and entrepreneurship reached out to more than 250,000 people.
Restoring critical infrastructure
The restoration of critical infrastructure facilities damaged by the conflict or neglected over time and providing people with access to basic services have helped to recover the local economy of Donbas.
UNDP has restored 41 critical infrastructure facilities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, including bridges, medical facilities, social services facilities and rehabilitation centres serving more than three million people, including IDPs and local residents.
Partnership with EIB
UNDP has formed a partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to help reduce risks of corruption in the implementation of the EIB’s €200 million recovery loan for local government in the five eastern oblasts of Ukraine.
The UNDP project team is monitoring and evaluating 96 infrastructure projects, including projects covering hospitals and residential accommodation.