Project status: closed
Duration: 01.01.1995 - 30.06.2011
Project document: full text
The UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme (CIDP) was established in 1995 as a joint initiative of the international donor community.
CIDP was created in response to the complex challenges of social and economic nature as well as a number of specific events, with particular attention to the mass return of formerly deported ethnic groups. Therefore, the first phase of CIDP took the form of an emergency response. Timely and concerted efforts by the government of Ukraine and the international community allowed to stabilize the situation in Crimea during the nineties, though many problems, in particular those of social and economic nature, remained unresolved.
In this regard, the second phase of CIDP focused on community-driven development, encouraging and empowering citizens to take active part in decision-making processes that affect their daily lives and to improve their living conditions through self-help initiatives. The efficiency of CIDP approaches helped the programme to build up a high level of trust among people and with the local authorities.
Nevertheless, underlying structural problems cannot be solved on the level of particular villages. In order to widely replicate positive experiences and increase positive influence on the development of the peninsula, the intervention was promoted at the highest political level – that of the Government of the Autonomous Republic. Accordingly, the current phase of the Programme aims at integrated regional development of Crimea through involvement at all levels - from local communities to republican authorities - into the problem-solving processes.
A high degree of trust on the part of both the society and the government, earned by CIDP, allows the Programme to provide support in fostering the dialogue between the authorities and the citizens. Developing trust and cooperation between them holds the major potential for and is the most effective mechanism of regional development today.
Apart from that, trust and strengthening of cooperation between various ethnic groups on the basis of tolerance and mutual respect is a prerequisite for achieving social and economic welfare of all Crimean inhabitants.
The main goal of UNDP CIDP is to support the long-term sustainable development of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, taking into account its multi-ethnic composition. All programme activities are particularly aimed at fighting poverty in Crimean rural areas through the implementation of effective social and economic development models and through the support of democratic processes, partnerships and institutions.
We assist and strengthen domestic structures and processes able to develop and implement long-term solutions promoting integrated regional development, which involves both people and authorities.
In 2008 the project entered a new - 5th - phase of its activities on Crimean peninsula. CIDP works in all of 14 Crimea’s regions. In 2006 the delivery of the Programme amounted to USD 2,818,181.00, local contributions being excluded.
In order to achieve its goals, the Programme focuses on the following areas:
- Democratic governance: strengthening citizen engagement in political and socio-economic development activities in Crimea, increasing government’s capacity to deliver public goods and services, and providing coherent and satisfying alternatives for social change through enhanced State-Citizen relations;
- Economic development: promoting the development of a market-driven agricultural cooperative sector and small- and medium enterprise development;
- Human security: strengthening the Human Security Council as a platform for high-level inter-ethnic consensus building and evidence-based policy-making taking into account an enhanced human security monitoring system;
- Tolerance and social cohesion: increasing tolerance and social cohesion through the education system.
Special attention has been paid to making sure that the designed approaches and models of Crimea socio-economic and humanitarian development are accepted and actively used by governmental institutions and local authorities.
The Programme partners with Crimean authorities at all levels - Village Councils, District Councils and District State Administrations, the ARC Verkhovna Rada, the ARC Council of Ministers and line ARC ministries, including the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy.
Currently, the Programme is financed by the Canadian Government (CIDA), the European Commission and the UN Development Programme.
Moreover, UNDP is actively looking for partners to launch new promising activities in Crimea: local leaders’ capacity building, rural information space set-up, enhancement of governmental institutions’ transparency, promotion of gender equality, initiatives related to efficient use of energy, water and land resources.
Our donors in the past included the governments of Canada (CIDA), Norway (NORAD), Sweden (SIDA) and Switzerland (SDC), the European Commission (starting from 2008) and UNDP.
Total delivery ( 2005 - 2010):
Area of Implementation: Crimean Autonomus Republic
For more information on the Project’s activities, please, go to our website: www.undp.crimea.ua