Summary of UNDP activities in Ukraine – Ukraine
Since the start of the war in late February, UNDP and its partners have sought to reach those most affected by the fighting in eastern Ukraine through state emergency services, NGOs local authorities, ombudsman offices, local police and municipalities. In addition, UNDP and its partners are working to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in western Ukraine. Although relatively limited compared to the country’s overall humanitarian needs, UNDP’s direct outreach has been and continues to be quick and agile as it is not required to wait for humanitarian convoys, relying instead on its support to the soil and existing local partnerships and networks.
Specifically, UNDP’s immediate response was characterized by timely and quality interventions with improved access to affected populations and leveraging local partnerships through:
Reprogramming/re-allocating some of the existing development funds/investments (over US$20 million), redirecting them to those in need (in line with the mandate of government priorities), through which some early results have been achieved, among others:
I. Support the Ukrainian government in crisis coordination and emergency response programming, including with the Ministry of Digital Transformation to track displaced people and develop new digital services for displaced people and for all Ukrainians in need of social assistance and humanitarian;
ii. Help the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to fight disinformation;
and with the relocation of Ukrainian production facilities;
iii. Create job opportunities for IDPs;
iv. Support the rapid repair of damaged critical infrastructure;
v. Purchase and delivery of food and non-food items (including light towers, medicine, first aid supplies, etc.) for the state emergency service for displaced people living in emergency shelters. emergency in transit centers and reception areas: 50% of emergency medical demand requested by the government has been delivered to meet the needs of approximately 100,000 people – provide the Ministry of Health with blood tests used for transfusion during surgical operations, in particular for the injured civilian population;
vi. Facilitation of a system to record and organize information and form a single register of environmental damage caused by the war in Ukraine (at the headquarters of operations under the State Environmental Inspectorate);
vii. Work with the Department of Energy to assess the damage caused by active military actions to the energy system; and
viii. Develop and launch platforms to identify, analyze and arbitrate conflicts at the community level in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, especially in those with large numbers of displaced people.
Develop macro-economic projections of the cost of war in Ukraine based on a scenario modeling exercise – which estimates that 18 years of development gains will be lost with over 90 percent of Ukrainians plunging into poverty and extreme economic vulnerability, leaving deep and economic scars for generations to come.
Continue efforts to leverage and mobilize UNDP’s broad base of partnerships and expand to new entities, particularly where UNDP has a mandate, experience and comparative advantage, ensuring that early recovery takes place in parallel with the humanitarian response from the outset. This objective will be achieved by modeling a humanitarian-development-peace nexus approach specifically calibrated to the situation in Ukraine and guided by the fundamental principle of national and local ownership of the proposed solutions:
o For example, as part of the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Program in eastern Ukraine, Canada provided US$8 million to expand the delivery of public services and build the resilience of local governments, communities, emergency services and others, enabling them to respond to emergencies. needs of people fleeing violence.
o With funding from the EU, SIDA, the Netherlands and Canada, UNDP has already implemented nearly 50 targeted early recovery and emergency relief initiatives across Ukraine, and at least 60 other similar initiatives are in the works. They include support for shelters for the displaced population in central and western Ukraine; food, medical supplies and other non-food items for people in the most affected areas; support for the delivery of humanitarian aid; and equipment and supplies to emergency departments and hospitals. Additional support will be provided to build resilience and build the capacity of local governments, emergency services and community organizations to respond to impacts caused by war.
o And with support from Sweden, UNDP is helping to provide digital assistance services to refugees and displaced people, enabling people to register for housing
· Provide operational and administrative support to other agencies operating in Ukraine (WFP, UNFPA, UNWOMEN, FAO, OCHA, DSS) to further enable the implementation of humanitarian assistance based on growing needs.
UNDP’s operational capacity has been bolstered by focused and specialized expertise from the UNDP Expert Pool where an additional 15 SURGE Senior Advisors have been deployed to Ukraine to work on substantive areas such as crisis governance, mine action, debris and environmental risk management, resilience building, damage assessment and livelihoods restoration. The additional resources complement the existing 350 staff in the field and aim to scale up the direct support the government has enjoyed since the start of the war.
At the same time, the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Ms. Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Director of the UNDP Bureau for Europe and the CIS, visited Ukraine on March 22, meeting the team and partners in Lviv and Mukachevo , confirming that UNDP is on the ground to stay and provide assistance to the people of Ukraine, especially the most vulnerable and those affected by war, to the government and state institutions, in close collaboration with international partners , national and local (UN and non-UN/NGOs, CSOs, among others).
In addition to the assistance provided – summarized above – UNDP has many interventions in its pipeline, to support the government and people of Ukraine in the immediate future. Some notable examples include (in a non-exhaustive list):
· Enable a locally-led response to the most urgent needs in conflict-affected areas, transit centers and reception areas.
a. UNDP is importing 30 generator sets to power critical infrastructure, sets of PPE and individual first aid kits to support the work of state emergency services in rescue operations
Activation of service delivery:
b. UNDP Ukraine is awarding small grants to CSOs engaged in providing legal advice, psychological counseling and organizing aid distribution in conflict-affected areas, transit centers and settlements. host regions
vs. UNDP works to support community policing in western oblasts
D. In Transcarpathia, UNDP has started to provide technical support to local law enforcement agencies (police patrols) to organize the influx of additional law enforcement personnel from the eastern regions, in order to assist in maintaining order in reception areas.
Preparation for the recovery phase:
e. UNDP Ukraine is adapting community mobilization models tested in the east, establishing platforms for local recovery planning across Ukraine. These will be modeled on community safety task forces bringing together local authorities, law enforcement and civil society representatives to jointly identify and find solutions to community-level safety issues. These can be broadened to encompass discussion of local recovery priorities
Finally, looking forward, UNDP has developed a programmatic offering that aims to safeguard development gains, sustain government functions, and sustain lives and livelihoods in Ukraine by:
(i) support the government in maintaining the provision of public services
(ii) support livelihoods and critical infrastructure
(iii) support Ukrainian institutions and civil society to ensure the inclusion, protection and empowerment of vulnerable groups