Peacebuilding and recovery

UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Program

UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Program

UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Program consists of three components:

Component I: Economic recovery and infrastructure development

Thanks to the partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the program contributes to reducing the corruption risks associated with the implementation of the EIB loan for the amount of EUR 200 million euros for local self-government in the Eastern Ukraine. In 2018, five social infrastructure facilities were restored, including the central hospital in Myrnohrad, two schools in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and an administrative building in Severodonetsk.

Since 2015, 41 infrastructure objects have been restored in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Among them – water pumping stations, social service centers, bridges, health facilities and other important institutions. In total, about 4.6 million people have benefited from this activity.

650 start-ups and enterprises were supported, which contributed to the employment of 3,360 people affected by the conflict. In addition, more than 6,600 women and men have increased their knowledge and skills in business development, marketing and fundraising.

225 micro, small and medium enterprises from Eastern Ukraine were able to present their products and services at 4 business fairs in Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk, Kyiv and Lviv. More than 200,000 people have been covered by an entrepreneurship awareness campaign.

Component II: Local self-government and decentralization reform

Expansion of the decentralization reform processes is the strengthening of local self-government

14 Administrative Services Centers provide high-quality social and administrative services to more than 170,000 residents of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (63% of them are women).

Seven consultative offices provided administrative, psychological and legal services to 63,560 people affected by the conflict (40,121 of them women). The network of the offices expanded its presence in 285 settlements of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

39 public councils held advisory forums to increase public participation in the development, implementation and monitoring of local programs and regulations. To date, more than 400 recommendations have been implemented to restore infrastructure, improve livelihoods and foster social cohesion.

7 communities affected by the conflict have benefited from the implementation of gender-sensitive social and economic development strategies developed with the participation of the public. Additionally, seven Gender Coordination Councils have been created to promote the inclusion of gender issues in all local programs.

The first gender audit of access to medical, social and educational institutions was held in Kramatorsk. This led to a four-fold increase in budget allocations for the accessibility program for women and men with disabilities.

Component III: Public security and social cohesion

Improving public safety and social cohesion

26 Local Development Forums and Public Safety Working Groups function and continue to raise awareness of community-related social issues, and develop proposals and plans for local authorities and other stakeholders to address these issues. It is important to note that more than 70% of members of the working group on public safety believe that their inputs are taken into account in efforts to improve community security.

More than 300,000 residents of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts benefited from the implementation of more than 160 local initiatives to improve public safety, social cohesion, rule of law and gender equality. Over 1,600 people affected by sexual and gender-based violence have received legal and psychological help.

More than 100,000 persons affected by conflict (62% of whom are women) received high-quality legal aid. Two legal aid offices were opened at Novotroitsk and Maryinka checkpoints. Mobile application "Твоє пр@во" ("Your right") was made available to protect and implement the rights of internally displaced persons and persons who suffered sexual and gender-based violence.

Two courthouses in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts were reconstructed in accordance with the universal design principles.

32 cities of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts were equipped with video conferencing systems that ensure effective coordination between local authorities, rescue services and law enforcement agencies.

The UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Program works in 6 oblasts: Donetsk, Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kharkiv; the Rule of Law Program works in the Zhytomyr region.

The program is jointly implemented by four UN agencies: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UN Women, United Nations Population Fund, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


The total budget for 2019-2022 exceeds USD 50 million.

The program has nine international donor partners.