IDPs SAVE: towards an empowered and unified community in Ukraine
In 2018 ALDA received a grant from the Valdesian Church for the implementation of the IDPs SAVE (Social Adaptation as a Human Rehabilitation Vital Element) project. The project was created as a response to the armed conflict that began in Ukraine in 2014 and caused mass displacement of individuals: only within the country, there were about 1.8 million officially registered internally displaced people (IDPs).
Due to growing pressure on administrative and social services, communities, and local labor markets, the project was implemented in the Dnipropetrovsk region with about 85.000 IDPs from Donetsk, Lugansk, and Crimea. Its aim was to create a favorable environment for adaptation and integration of IDPs into local communities, thus contributing to cohesion in society and stability in the Dnipropetrovsk region by minimizing the possibility of both conflicts onset and IDPs marginalization.
SAVE adopted a multi-stakeholder approach in its management by attracting local administrator LDA Dnipropetrovsk and several other partners, including the main facilitator – ALDA; IDPs and residents participated in training activities. During the first phase of the training, only IDP participants with the communication and building trust relationships expertise, networking competencies, psychological and strategic abilities were involved. The second phase connected young IDPs and youth from host communities. The trainings focused on skills, such as communication skills at the organizational level, managing time and self-organization, understanding and managing stress, project drafting.
The final part of the project was the implementation of five smaller projects in two Ukranian towns that were awarded mini-grants. The submitted project proposals generated outcomes including increased accountability of local authorities towards its constituencies; better inclusion of IDPs in their new communities; improved sustainable local development; and hundreds of IDPs developed their skills in terms of project writing, implementing and fundraising, thus ensuring the sustainability of the project - which was a great note to end on!