13 October 2014 - Today the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in Eastern Ukraine are at the centre of public attention throughout the world. Armed conflict has caused great damage to the economy, the social infrastructure is ruined, and people are suffering. The winter is coming, which makes the problems of the regions especially acute.

Today the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in Eastern Ukraine are at the centre of public attention throughout the world. Armed conflict has caused great damage to the economy, the social infrastructure is ruined, and people are suffering. The winter is coming, which makes the problems of the regions especially acute.

“We have revised our plans for this region to respond to the crisis and help the people caught in this difficult situation,” said Ms. Inita Pauloviča, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, during her visit to town of Syeverodonetsk, some 95 kilometers from Luhansk. She visited the region to launch the next stage of the EU/UNDP project “Community Based Approach to Local Development” (CBA), which will bring the local communities over 700,000 USD to support local recovery projects.

UNDP, together with the European Union, will support communities’ renovation projects in eight rayons (counties) that are now considered relatively safe, and will help towns hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) to prepare for the upcoming winter. In addition, the UNDP-EU project will implement a program aimed at reintegration of the IDPs.

UNDP will shortly start the competitive selection process for rayons wanting to participate in the Project. Rayons will be able to submit applications until 25 October 2014. After this, the contest committee will identify the rayons that will participate in the project. The application form can be found at:  http://www.cba.org.ua/three/ua/news/announcements/2616-application-form-for-rayons-for-partnership-with-cba

UNDP has supported the Luhansk region since 2007 and implemented 117 successful projects as a part of the CBA programme. Over these years more than 70,000 men, women, and children of the region have benefitted from renovations in schools/kindergartens, rural health clinics, as well as water supply and street-lighting equipment.