Strengthening Ukrainian communities hosting internally displaced persons

Project description

Title: Strengthening Ukrainian communities hosting internally displaced people
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Ukraine
Lead executing agency: Ministry for Regional Development, Building and Housing of Ukraine; Ministry of Social Politics of Ukraine
Overall term: 2015 to 2019

Context

The conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine has forced around 2.5 million people to flee the disputed territories. Officially there are approximately 350,000 people registered as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the regions (oblast) of Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhya. The large number of IDPs and their unregulated influx create major problems for host communities. Municipal and civil society institutions are unable to meet the increased demand for basic services.

Objective

Municipal and civil society institutions are better able to meet the increased demand for basic services. Internally displaced persons receive psychosocial support, which facilitates integration into social and economic structures at the local level. The population is involved in all key planning and implementation processes for public services.

Approach

The influx of internally displaced persons is on a particularly large scale in the regions of Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhya. By strengthening host communities, this transitional development assistance project helps to stabilise and improve the situation of the population in these regions in a manner that is both conflict-sensitive and sustainable.

State and non-governmental institutions are assisted in their efforts to meet the increased demand for basic services. The project contributes to the further development of specialist skills and self-help potential, and promotes gender-sensitive and conflict-sensitive measures for specific target groups. Training courses and continuing training measures for state and non-governmental service providers are conducted in all areas of activity.

Commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the project fosters network building and the institutionalisation of transparent local and regional structures. In this way it contributes to greater accessibility and efficiency of administrative and social services.

The project comprises four areas of activity:

  1. Developing skills and performance capacity and improving the equipping of state and non-governmental actors in the communities with a view to offering improved services
  2. Promoting citizen participation in planning and implementation processes related to public services
  3. Increasing the availability and quality of psychosocial support services
  4. Creating the foundations for conflict-alleviating exchange between internally displaced persons and the local population.

The project supports and promotes cooperation between state and non-governmental structures for the benefit of IDPs and the host population. This improves living conditions in host communities, promotes inclusion and integration and reduces the potential for conflict. The project strengthens the processes and infrastructure of state and non-governmental service providers. It also improves and broadens psychosocial support services through professional support and increased networking.