Who we are
In 2015, the German Federal Government commissioned the Initiatives of the Infrastructure Programme for Ukraine (IIPU) in order to address the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. This Programme includes a number of projects, which are being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH locally in cooperation with local and international partners.
As a result of the crisis in the east of the country, many people had to leave their home regions. Currently approximately 1,500,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are registered in Ukraine. More than 300,000 have settled in Kharkiv, Dnipro and Zaporizhzhya 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 and social aid to IDPs and involving them into everyday life.
GIZ supports municipalities where help is most needed. The IIPU activities 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 IIPU 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.