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. Assessments indicate that unemployment, especially among disadvantaged groups (IDPs, women, youth, disabled, etc.), is expected to constantly increase due to the decline in economic activity and thereby limited opportunities to support livelihoods and generate income in the Donbas.
To address these challenges, the project aims to provide social stabilization support to eastern Ukraine by addressing the urgent social and economic needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local population affected by the armed conflict through creating job opportunities and improving support to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project is implemented in the Government Controlled Areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, including communities located near the contact line, and in three neighbouring oblasts – Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia.
- At least 200 IDPs and local conflict-affected population (including at least 100 women) have 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 SME promotion events.
Key results to date:
- 67 IDPs and local conflict-affected people (41 women, 26 men) increased their knowledge and skills on starting and improving businesses; - 58 new jobs have been created for IDPs and local conflict-affected people; - 84 entrepreneurs have been provided with business consulting services and technical assistance.