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As a result of the crisis in the east of Ukraine, many people had to leave their home regions. Currently approximately 1,400,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are registered in Ukraine. Many of them have settled in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrivsk and Zaporizhzhya regions, as well as in government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This poses great challenges for the hosting municipalities, which often lack capacities to address the needs of the local population and now face extra tasks such as: providing accommodation, empolyment and social aid to IDPs.
Besides, due to forced displacement, IDPs faced psychological, social difficulties and need to learn to deal with a new environment. The employment issues are also acute. Many of people who moved have to search for new jobs, sometimes in new spheres, though the educational proposals are not sufficient to increase the level of employability of conflict affected population. Having left their houses, families with children often lose childcare support, which they received from relatives. Due to this obstacle, many of them are not able to work or participate in training
In order to address the crisis in Eastern Ukraine, German government started a number of projects in Eastern Ukraine, which were united to create the Cluster “Perspectives for Eastern Ukraine", and are being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH locally in cooperation with local and international partners. The activities of the projects focus on the following thematic areas: municipal services, education, healthcare, emergency management, increasing employability of IDP.
GIZ in Eastern Ukraine cooperates with partners from governmental bodies, municipal enterprises and civil society organizations, universities and associations, in order to develop better prospects for the future for local population and IDPs.
GIZ supports municipalities where help is most needed. The activities of the Cluster focus on the following thematic areas: municipal services, education, healthcare, integration, civil society, and emergency management.
Special focus was put on Kharkiv, Dnipro and Zaporizhzhya regions; assistance is given also in the government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Cluster cooperate with partners from governmental bodies, municipal enterprises and civil society organizations, universities and associations, in order to develop better prospects for the future for local population and IDPs.