On 17-21 November, Kyiv hosted a training for future community organizers within the “Community Mobilization for Empowerment in Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts” Component implemented by the Ukrainian Women’s Fund. It is a part of the UN Women and UNDP project on “Restoration of Governance and Reconciliation in crisis-affected communities in Ukraine” and is funded by the EU.
Invited by UN Women, representatives of Georgian NGOs Mamuka Gachechiladze and Elena Rusetskaya from the Women’s Information Center and Marina Tabukashvili and Ketevan Zhordania from Taso Foundation came to Kyiv to share their experience in implementing a similar project in their country.
A military conflict in Georgia broke out a way before Ukraine’s war and therefore the country has a very long experience in implementing a similar project using Community Mobilization for Empowerment (CME) methodology.
8 Ukrainian women from the towns of Lyman, Slovyansk, Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Mariupol, Mykolayivka, Novopskov and Severodonetsk attended the training. They were selected to be community organizers and in the coming months, will get people in their communities to work together to solve their own problems.
During the training, the Georgian colleagues spoke about their 7-year experience in implementing the project in war-affected rural areas and settlements, where internally displaced persons and minority groups live.
Among other things, the partners explained in detail how self-help groups, the key mechanism of interaction between community asset, work and broke down into all aspects of their work - from conducting meetings and recording minutes to planning, implementing and evaluating activities. They also discussed the duties and skills that community organizers require and taught how to conduct a research and create a community profile.
The Ukrainian participants were very impressed by the experience of their Georgian colleagues, especially by the changes accomplished in the communities. The participants also noted that the training helped to better understand how CME methodology works and made it clear how to achieve the goal of enhancing domestic resource mobilization. The next step is putting the knowledge gained into practice in the 20 communities of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, given our Ukrainian specifics.