Helping. Activating. Integrating: Support to IDP settlements

Project description

Title: Support to IDP Settlements
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Ukraine
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
Overall term: 2015

Ukraine. Normality and protection against violence. A child in the playground at the IDP settlement in Kharkiv. © GIZ


More than 2 million people have fled the war in eastern Ukraine. Emergency shelters for up to 3,500 persons have been built with German support in seven towns outside the conflict zone. The settlements were initially planned as a temporary solution. However, the inhabitants are staying longer than expected because they have not given up hope of returning to their former homes. Despite substantial help from volunteers and public authorities, there is as yet no psychosocial support programme due to the lack of funds and resources.


Governmental and civil society organisations are able to manage and maintain emergency shelters for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in an appropriate professional manner. The accommodation facilities are barrier-free and offer space for social interaction. A programme of psychosocial support and integration is available.


On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is helping to make the settlements built with German support for Ukrainian IDPs accessible for the disabled. It is building playgrounds, supplying toys for children, creating opportunities for interaction – for example by establishing common rooms – and drawing up detailed checklists for maintenance and energy-saving operation of the shelters. Staff at local public employment agencies and selected voluntary organisations receive support with optimising their services for displaced persons.

In addition, GIZ is working with local partners and service providers to develop its own programme geared to psychosocial support and integration for the IDPs. This programme includes training courses on subjects such as computer literacy and foreign languages, as well as skills for simple service occupations. Such measures not only benefit the IDPs themselves but also serve the local population.

Ukraine. Establishing training needs. Activating people and developing fresh prospects. © GIZ


The IDP settlements at the seven locations help local communities with the task of providing accommodation for the large numbers of people within a short space of time. Integration and training opportunities have been created in close cooperation with local public employment services, training agencies and service providers. These are giving the individuals concerned hope of a brighter future.