The start of the new decade marks a turning point in our work. On behalf of the Federal Government, GIZ, together with the Ukrainian partners, has made a major impact in more than 100 municipalities in the east of the country in recent years. Some EUR 95 million have been invested in more than 1000 activities. GIZ, with its local and international partners, has provided aid where it is needed the most and where it benefits both the local population and the IDPs. Nurseries and schools have been renovated, services for citizens have been improved, youth hubs have been set up, fire brigades have been equipped. 6.8 million people already benefited from this work, including 480,000 IDPs.

So far, four new projects have been commissioned by the German Government. The focus will remain on improving Emergency Services, Municipal Support, Healthcare and Psychosocial Support. Three of the projects will focus on the government-controlled areas (GCA) of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.

The fourth project, called “Strengthening Resources for the Sustainable Development of Host Communities in Eastern Ukraine”, will ensure that the support we have provided in Kharkiv, Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia oblasts will be sustained and deepened. The aim is to improve access to social and health services and to make these services more needs oriented. The project supports further training, provides new equipment and is citizen friendly. Specifically, the social and health services for more than 1 million people in about 20 municipalities in the three above-mentioned regions are to be improved. 1,500 employees of social and medical institutions will be trained.

While the three projects located in GCA are still in the planning phase, the fourth project has already developed a set of criteria for the selection of communities it is going to work with in the coming years:


  • Engagement of IIPU in healthcare and social sectors in the frame of the present project
  • Extent of physical rehabilitation work done
  • Conducted or planned participation processes (to include the public into municipal decision-making processes)
  • conducted or planned amalgamation process
  • existence of other GIZ projects/initiatives (e.g. U-LEAD, ISU II, etc.)
  • current number of registered IDP and other vulnerable groups/ percentage regarding the local population
  • readiness to contribute worktime of staff of municipality and municipal enterprises for activities in the frame of the cooperation in the next 3 years