Strengthening social infrastructure for hosting internally displaced persons

Project description

Title: Strengthening social infrastructure for hosting internally displaced persons
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
Overall term: 2016 to 2019

Ukraine. Reconstruction of a home for the elderly and disabled in Dnipropetrovsk © GIZ

Context

The conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine has forced around 2.5 million people to flee the disputed territories. The number of people registered as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the regions of Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhya stands at approximately 350,000. The social infrastructure, which was already inadequate and partially in poor condition, lacks the space needed to care for and accommodate the considerable influx of internally displaced persons. Municipal and civil society institutions do not have the financial resources required to rehabilitate and expand facilities and fit them out with furniture and equipment.

Objective

Selected host communities increasingly provide an improved social infrastructure for internally displaced persons and the local population.

Approach

The project is working within the scope of transitional development assistance to strengthen existing structures and stakeholders in the selected municipalities. The focus is on three areas of activity:

  1. Expansion and rehabilitation of existing social infrastructure
    Selected municipalities are provided with upgraded and expanded facilities and premises to deliver public services. Work proceeds on the basis of the deficits so far established in the provision of social infrastructure. The high number of internally displaced persons has aggravated these deficits substantially. As far as the existing building stock is concerned, there is still considerable work to be done with respect to maintenance (repairs), furnishing and equipment.The facilities to be assisted are selected in close consultation with the partners. The project works together with other projects and programmes under the Special Initiative ‘Ukraine’ when identifying and assessing the requirements at municipal level. 
  2. Support in applying for international funds for infrastructure projects
    Selected municipalities receive help in applying for loans and funding for construction projects. Training courses and guidelines are made available to impart the expertise and skills required for project development, planning and calculating the building and staff-related construction, operating and maintenance costs, as well as for the application process. The focus in this regard is not solely on social infrastructure, but also on technical infrastructure, such as the energy and water supply. The partners are equipped with skills enabling them to carry out needs-based planning in participatory and transparent processes, and to acquire and make use of funding. The project thus contributes to ensuring the efficiency and sustainability of social infrastructure in the long term.
  3. Development of a strategy to provide medium-term housing for financially weak sections of the population
    Selected municipalities are assisted in their efforts to devise demand-driven approaches to improve the provision of housing. An exit strategy is thus being developed for the winterised accommodation constructed in 2014 across seven towns and cities with German support.