Inclusive Development, Recovery and Peacebuilding
The United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP), an integral part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine, is supporting the economic recovery of war-torn communities, further accelerating decentralization and health-care reforms in these regions, and strengthening community security and social cohesion in its target communities.
The UN RPP is being implemented by four United Nations agencies: UNDP, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The total UN RPP budget for 2019-2023 is over US$128 million, of which UNDP’s budget is over US$116 million.
Eleven international partners are supporting the Programme: the European Union (EU), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.
The Programme’s interventions are grouped under the following key components:
- Component 1: Economic Recovery and Restoration of Critical Infrastructure
- Component 2: Local Governance and Decentralization Reform
- Component 3: Community Security and Social Cohesion
The war in Ukraine is having a direct and highly negative effect on social cohesion, resilience, livelihoods, community security, and rule of law throughout the country. Recognizing the need to urgently address reconstruction and economic recovery, the Government of Ukraine has requested technical assistance and financial support from the international community.
UNDP launched its Resilience Building and Recovery (RBR) framework for Ukraine on 11 April 2022 to immediately respond to the development and humanitarian challenges. The overall objective is to preserve development gains in Ukraine, mitigating risks of descent into a governance and service delivery crisis, embedding activities for recovery from the onset of the humanitarian effort, and facilitating a swift return to development pathways and processes for national attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UN RPP accounts for part of UNDP’s offer through the RBR framework. The Programme has addressed priority needs in the east of Ukraine arising since the outbreak of the armed conflict in spring 2014. Although the UN RPP was initially designed to respond to and mitigate the causes and effects of the armed conflict in the east of Ukraine, after the large-scale Russian invasion began on 24 February 2022, the Programme expanded its activities to the most war-affected oblasts of Ukraine, located primarily in the east and south of the country.
Based on previous experience and to support strengthened resilience and early recovery in war-affected communities in the selected target areas of Ukraine, UNDP and the European Union – a long-term partner (including for UNDP’s programme in the east) – have launched the “EU4Recovery – Empowering Communities in Ukraine” (EU4Recovery) project, which will ensure a multiplier effect by further expanding the key interventions mentioned above.