EU4Dialogue: grants for Ukrainian NGOs as EU redirects project funds to help conflict-affected communities 

EU4Dialogue: grants for Ukrainian NGOs as EU redirects project funds to help conflict-affected communities 

August 4, 2022

Nineteen civil society organisations have started implementing projects to address the urgent needs among conflict-affected communities in Ukraine, having received grants under the EU4Dialogue programme.

The grants are the first to be awarded under the EU-funded programme, which is implemented by the UNDP. The selected projects cover psychological, legal and administrative aid provision to both IDPs and their host communities, as well as frontline communities, including the areas where the government of Ukraine has regained control. In partnership with civil society, UNDP helps bridge the gap between local authorities, humanitarian organisations and the most vulnerable groups, to ensure fair, inclusive and effective delivery of humanitarian and recovery assistance.

The projects will be implemented across Ukraine in Donetsk, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi, Lviv, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy, Vinnytsia, Zakarpattia, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. For instance, the Pokrovsk Society of the BlindNGO will work to ensure that communities in Donetsk Oblast have access to clean drinking water. Another project in Donetsk Oblast by the Centre for Local Community Development NGO aims at creating a hotline for the residents near the contact line.

According to the latest estimates, almost 6.3 million Ukrainians have been displaced inside the country, while around 5.5 million have fled for temporary protection to  neighbouring countries. As estimated by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), nearly 16 million people in Ukraine are in immediate need of humanitarian aid.

The EU and UNDP have agreed to redirect the funds of the EU4Dialogue project to address the most urgent needs of conflict-affected communities in Ukraine. This regional project aims to contribute towards building a durable foundation for conflict transformation by creating better socio-economic conditions and improving human security for conflict-affected communities.

The grant competition for ‘Civil society response to the needs of women and men, especially hard-to-reach and vulnerable groups’ is still ongoing. Up to forty CSOs in total will be supported within the competition. UNDP Ukraine invites civil society organisations to submit their proposals.

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