The Government of Japan, the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine launched a new project to support restoration of critical social care infrastructure and services for the most vulnerable groups in post-conflict areas in Eastern Ukraine.
The Project, entitled “Early Recovery of Social Services and Peacebuilding in Donetsk and Lugansk Oblast”, will be implemented in partnership with the Ukraine Ministries of Regional Development, Social Policy, Education and Health, with the Donbas Recovery Agency, regional and local authorities, as well as in close cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The project will closely coordinate with other UN agencies and international organizations.
The Project’s main objective is to reconstruct social care centres serving the most vulnerable groups, including orphans, the elderly, people with disabilities, and pregnant women. It will also support local authorities in improving the management of the social services system and building capacity of social workers. In addition, it will help restore water, sanitation and hygiene systems in schools as well as provide them with equipment, furniture, essential supplies and educational materials, including back-to-school kits. The project will be completed in 12 months with a total budget of US$ 5.782 million.
The conflict in Eastern Ukraine has severely damaged the economy and social infrastructure in the region, and forced more than 800,000 people from their homes. Almost 4,000 people have been killed and 9,000 wounded as a result of the conflict. Around 2,000 public buildings, including hospitals, schools, kindergartens, assisted-care facilities and critical social care service centres have been damaged. It is estimated that about 5 million people are living in conflict-affected areas.
This partnership is realized under Japanese Prme Minister Shinzō Abe’s commitment for assistance to Eastern Ukraine announced at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014, and has emerged after talks between Japan and UNDP at the Fourth Japan-UNDP Strategic Policy Dialogue in Tokyo in October 2014.