Head of the EU Delegation and UN Resident Coordinator witness the impact of community development in Petrykivsky (10/08/2012)

Ambassador José Manuel Pinto Teixeira, the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, and Mr. Olivier Adam, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representativevisited “Petrykivska Beregynya”, a pilot community supported by the EU-funded, UNDP-run Community Based Approach to Local Development (CBA) joint programme.

Ambassador Pinto Teixeira announced that "the success of CBA has inspired the European Union to further support Ukrainian citizens to develop local governance with an additional amount of €23 mln for an extra 700 to 100 communities." Mr. Olivier Adam, UN Resident Coordinator underlined that in its local development programmes UNDP puts a strong emphasis on community self-empowerment and regeneration, building up the spirit of self-organization and social inclusion.

In Petrykivsky region, the diplomats, media and local authorities witnessed the results of local democracy and good governance in practice. The field visit began with a discussion with the community organization “Petrykivska Beregynya” and continued at their kindergarten ‘Sonechko’, which was renovated in an energy saving way. The roof of the 1971 kindergarten building still requires winterizing, which will be achieved through CBA support by November 2012. Petrykivsky rayon is one of 261 partner rayons of CBA, where rural communities got organized to plan and implement their micro-projects in the most vital areas - energy saving, water supply, healthcare and environmental protection – all with the support of the EU-UNDP partnership.

The successful experiences of the pilot communities are shared among other regions through seminars and trainings. Since the launch of the CBA programme in the Dnipropetrovsk region, 42 public associations have been established. Another 200 community organizations were initiated beyond the programme, and have helped to renovate 55 social facilities. Community initiatives are co-funded by the EU and UNDP, local budgets and citizens.

EU-UNDP Community Based Approach to Local Development (CBA)

Over 1100 Ukrainian communities and 1.2 million citizens have benefited from the CBA Programme since its launch in 2007. With a total budget of € 30 mln, it has rebuilt health centres, supplied street lighting, provided school buses, replaced windows in schools and hospitals and ensured the supply of clean water. This has all been done with the support of organised local community groups, using social mobilisation tools to bring together local communities and local authorities for joint decision-making, cost sharing, implementation of community projects and the establishment of sustainable and transparent mechanisms of local governance.                                                       

For more information please visit: www.cba.org.ua