UNDP presented Best Local Practices to Tackle Challenges of IDPs
10:24 / 01 Nov. 2016 / 1020
UNDP handbook highlights 27 best practices and case studies to successfully address the challenges of internal displacement in Ukraine at a two-day forum which fostered knowledge and experience sharing between local communities.
A two-day national forum on local practices in tackling the challenges facing internally displaced persons in Ukraine ended today in Kyiv, bringing together representatives of local communities from all over Ukraine, civil society advocating for IDPs and host communities, media, experts, scholars and international organizations, to focus on current strategies and approaches that effectively help meet the specific needs of both IDP and host communities at the local level.
Over the past two years, Ukraine has been facing the worst internal displacement crisis in its history, with 1.7 million people being forced to leave their homes as the conflict broke out in the east in 2014.
“Despite a majority of IDPs wishing to return, the uncertainty of the peace settlement process has made their situation anything but temporary. While local communities’ efforts to improve IDPs self-reliance and integration are commendable, a lot remains to be done as they wait to return,” said Blerta Cela, the UNDP’s Deputy Country Director in Ukraine.
The UNDP Handbook of Best Local Practices to Tackle Challenges of Internal Displacement presented at the Forum, aims to serve as a guide for local and regional authorities, activists and representatives of civil society dealing with issues of internal displacement, and encourage them to apply those practices in their communities to better aid IDPs and strengthen social cohesion, security and peaceful cohabitation in Ukraine.
The Handbook provides a compilation of the 27 best local practices currently available, new approaches and case studies for addressing internal displacement issues in social services, employment, social cohesion, and information for IDPs about community life, local programmes, services and opportunities.
Held by UNDP with the financial support of the government of Japan, the forum also enabled local communities to share their experiences of and solutions to internal displacement challenges, as well as present successful practices in promoting effective and positive interaction between host communities and IDPs.
“We hope that these compilation of best practices, which have been successful in tackling displacement issues at the local level, will help emulate similar processes across Ukraine. A nation-wide replication will contribute to building peace and expedite the country’s recovery,” concluded Blerta Cela, the UNDP’s Deputy Country Director in Ukraine.
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