On Wednesday, June 7, a round table discussion within the framework of the project "IDPs and host communities: building tolerance through dialogue" took place at Parle conference center. This project is implemented by the NGO "Women's Information and Coordination Center" in partnership with the international charity fund "Ukrainian Women's Fund" with the support of the fund C.S. Mott Foundation
The event was attended by about 50 people, including representatives of NGOs and initiatives from Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions, as well as representatives of state authorities and local government.
In particular, during the round table, the adviser of the Ministry of Social Policy and IDPs in Dnipropetrovsk region, Grigory Bibik, advisor to the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Vyacheslav Makarov, deputy mayors of the cities of Novomoskovsk and Pavlograd, spoke.
The purpose of the event was to discuss the results of the project with representatives of state authorities and local government, NGOs working with IDPs, and the internally displaced persons themselves, in order to take further steps to promote the integration of IDPs into local communities.
During the round table presentation of the communities of the three cities where the project was implemented (Dnipro, Novomoskovsk, Kamyanske) and the presentation of the results of the projects promoting the integration of the IDPs in the local communities by the winners of the mini-grant competition in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Colleagues from the Kharkiv oblast - Center of Gender Culture - joined the presentation of the results of the mini-projects and community profile.
In addition, Internally Displaced Persons themselves have made proposals to state and local government to develop and implement programs for addressing IDPs problems and their more active involvement in decision-making.
On May 19, 2017, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the United States, Mrs. Mari Jovanovich, attended the training course "Economic Opportunities for People Affected by Conflict” in Dnipropetrovsk. The Project Director mrs. Natalya Karbovskaya also participated in the meeting.
During the meeting, the ambassador interacted with the participants, was interested in their business ideas, living conditions, sources of assistance to IDPs and cooperation with local authorities. In turn, the participants of the training told about their reasons for moving to the Dnipropetrovsk region, the difficulties they face in connection with displacement, housing problems and employment. Particularly future entrepreneurs noted the usefulness of the project "Economic Opportunities for People Affected by Conflict” implemented by the international charity fund "Ukrainian Women Foundation" with the support of USAID Ukraine , regional partner of the Project in Dnipropetrovsk region - NGO "Women's Information and Coordination Center".
In particular, all speakers emphasized the importance of the training component and the high level of preparation and implementation of the project in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
During the meeting, the Project Coordinator in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ms. Oksana Miroshnychenko described the features of the selection of participants, training events and post-training support for participants and project participants. The trainers of the Dnieper team, Olga Shulik and Galyna Tselovalnychenko, provided a personal vision of the importance of the Project and its positive distinctions from other programs of IDPs’ support, which were previously implemented in the region, as well as other aspects of the lives of displaced persons who need special attention and support from the authorities and public organizations.
Summing up the meeting, Mrs. Natalia Karbovska emphasized the importance of obtaining information directly from participants and project participants. She thanked them for frank and sincere communication, and she expressed her deep conviction that the participants will become successful entrepreneurs in the very near future and will be able to independently build their prosperous future, inspired by their example of other internally displaced persons.
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