«DIALOGIE FOR REFORM AND SOCIAL COHESION IN UKRAINE» – MID-TERM RESULTS OF COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT
On 1 July 2019 a presentation of the mid-term results of the research was held in the framework of the joint project «Dialogue for Reform and Social Cohesion in Ukraine» of The Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons (hereinafter referred to as«MTOT») and OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine
The event brought together the Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine ViktoriiaVoronina, National Programme Co-ordinator OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine Liana Khorovytska, representatives of international organizations and diplomatic missions in Ukraine. The results of the research were presented by experts and trainers on Mediation and Dialogue Facilitation Оlena Kopina and Svitlana Petrova.
Communities that have been adversely affected by the armed conflict are particularly vulnerable in the context of social cohesion, social security, access to livelihoods, and the rule of law. Within such communities contradictions arise between individuals, groups of individuals, or between groups of individuals and local authorities on issues of local life in the fields of protection and security, economics, ecology, politics; there are conflicts between civilians and former participants of ATO and IDPs, problems with the provision of livelihoods of IDPs, etc.
In order to implement mechanisms for strengthening social cohesion in communities by engaging in the dialogue in 2018 MTOT and OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine began implementing the project «Dialogue for Reform and Social Cohesion in Ukraine».
Two communities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts became the pilot ones. Several stages of project realization are expected: a pilot survey of communities and gathering information, identifying risk factors, developing measures to building capacity of communities with the participation of local authorities, implementing and conducting mediation measures to facilitate dialogues and working with conflict, as well as developing recommendations.
The implementation of the first two stages of the Project has now been completed: survey of communities, collection and analysis of information that was carried out on the basis of «Methodology Guide for Assessing the Risks of Conflicts in Communities Adversely Affected by the Armed Conflict»developed by MTOT*.
The Deputy Minister, ViktoriiaVoronina:
«The Methodology Guide developed by MTOT is aimed at improving the ability of communities to respond quickly to crisis situations, reduce potential risks, resolve contradictions within society between different groups and establish public dialogue. In particular, the collection, analysis and assessment of information in the pilot Soledar and Lysychansk communities through a system of indicators proposed in the Methodology Guide made it possible to identify their existing conflicts, risk factors for new conflicts and resulted causes».
It is worth noting that MTOT took an active part not only in the process of collecting information by submitting requests for statistical data to city executive committees, employment centers, Land Administration, regional departments of the SSU, National Police, but also in processing and analyzing information after all the stages of collecting data were complete.
In the near future, together with the local authorities, the next stage is planned for realization - to develop measures for resolving existing conflicts, identify the most effective options for eliminating risks, reducing them and managing them, as well as measures to establish a dialogue between participants in existing or potential conflicts.
As a result of the project realization the communities that have been adversely affected by the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine will receive:
• increased ability to respond to existing and new risks;
• mechanisms for arranging plans and measures forbuilding capacity;
• reducing the risk of conflict;
• mechanisms for building the necessary models of cooperation and partnership activities between various groups within society;
• identifying solutions to the problems;
• identification of ways to develop the potential of society.
During the event Liana Khorovytska announced an expansion of the project, holding joint activities with MTOT in 5 more communities.
Further, Viktoriia Voronina noted that with the financial support of the Government of Switzerland, MTOT will conduct assessment of 2 more communities in accordance with the Methodology Guide in Kherson and Luhansk oblasts.
* On 29 January 2019 MTOT presented «Methodology Guide for Assessing the Risks of Conflicts in Communities Adversely Affected by the Armed Conflict» to international partners and donors approved by the Order of MTOT No.117 from 21 November 2018.
On 05-06 February 2019 a presentation of «Methodology Guide for Assessing the Risks of Conflicts in Communities Adversely Affected by the Armed Conflict» was held in Kramatorsk Donetsk oblast and Sievierodonetsk Luhansk oblast, for representatives of local government bodies and Civil–military administrations of cities and towns in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.