Resource Centre for IDPs: mapping current CSO landscape in terms of assistance to IDPs

The UNDP-supported Resource Center for IDPs surveyed 168 subnational organisations working with IDPs to assess the needs of civil society organisations or initiatives and to strengthen their cooperation at the subnational level.

12045389 836513389796585 5177803198253029594 oAccording to the estimates of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, as of 21 June 2016, there were 1,786,486 officially registered internally displaced persons from the Donbas and Crimea. Every region across Ukraine has functioning civil society organizations, which have provided support to IDPs and currently continue their efforts in this sphere. The majority of the organizations work in the east of Ukraine, namely in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zaporizhia oblasts.

The Resource Centre for IDPs, aimed at providing an effective assistance to those forced to flee their homes in Crimea or the eastern regions, has mapped the current CSO landscape in terms of non-governmental entities' assistance to IDPs. The core research questions included the number and type of CSOs that assist IDPs, the level of those CSOs' expertise and capacities as well as their needs for further training.

In general, the survey elicited that the civil society organizations supporting IDPs have rather high level of organizational development, particularly in the view of the fact that half of them were established two years ago and have been working in the context of rapid response. The new organizations (launched after February 2014) slightly yield to the older ones in terms of availabity of recruited staff and paid positions, maturity level of internal systems and standards, availability of their own websites, and intensity of cooperation with the mass media. But, on the whole, they have all prerequisites for further development and show a remarkable interest in training.

The monitoring suggests that the main areas for operation of these CSOs are advocacy for IDP rights with local and national-level government bodies as well as service provision. Services delivered by the CSOs include fostering IDP integration into the host communities, providing psychological assistance, and organising leisure and schooling for children and adults (for more details, please refer to the infographic).

Considering the need to enhance the CSOs' capacity, the most in-demand were the themes of international and local fundraising, project proposals preparation, project management, and ensuring rights of IDPs.

Based on the research findings, the Center schedules a range of subnational trainings to increase the capacity of the regional organizations and to build up an effective regional network aimed to provide support to IDPs and ensure their rights.