World Bank Group joins the Government of Ukraine, EU, and UN to assess both short and long-term crisis response needs
The World Bank Group—together with the EU and the UN— have prepared a framework for the recovery and reconstruction of the conflict-affected regions in the east of Ukraine. This work began in late 2014 following a request from the Ukrainian Government, and consisted of a joint needs assessment for recovery and peacebuilding undertaken by the three institutions.
The Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment (RPA) for Ukraine examined immediate interventions for stabilizing conflict-affected areas, which are currently under Government control, and improving living conditions and returning prospects for the displaced and vulnerable population.
More than 2 million people have been displaced both internally (1.2 million) and outside Ukraine (800,000) since the start of the conflict. As the conflict continues, both humanitarian and development impacts are felt by both displaced and host communities.
Humanitarian needs—such as emergency provision of shelter, food, and basic needs for the vulnerable—are increasingly paired with development and poverty reduction issues—service delivery deficits, overburdened social welfare services, joblessness, increasing social tensions, and deteriorating debt and credit relations. Long-term displacement contributes to recurrent cycles of insecurity, can erode citizen confidence and imposes burdens on state structures and public finance.
Despite the uncertain prospects for settling the conflict in the east, the Government and the three institutions believe strongly in the relevance and urgency of the recovery assessment and planning process.