Germany expands partnership with UNICEF on child and youth centered recovery in Ukraine

15 December 2023
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UNICEF, in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the KfW Development Bank, is expanding its efforts to provide integrated social services and water and sanitation services for nearly 1 million war-affected children, youth, parents, and caregivers in Ukraine. 

Since the full-scale war in February 2022, Germany has committed €130 million to child- and youth- centered recovery initiatives, extending its support until 2026. This financial backing builds on the existing partnership with UNICEF, which already targets 6.7 million internally displaced and host communities with improved health, learning and protection outcomes. 

The partnership addresses immediate and mid-term needs while establishing a foundation for long-term and sustainable development. It will contribute to ensuring that 982,500 persons benefit from improved water, sanitation and hygiene services, 510,000 children and women receive essential healthcare services, over 310,000 children and youth access improved learning and opportunities for participation, and nearly 160,000 children, youth, caregivers and community members have access to mental health and psychosocial support. 

“UNICEF makes every effort to ensure a comprehensive approach to strengthening communities and ensuring families and children live in a supportive environment where they can thrive,” said Munir Mammadzade, UNICEF Representative to Ukraine. “We are well timed to work with Germany to invest in the recovery and development of child- and youth-friendly communities.” 

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The multi-sectoral programme forms a part of municipal recovery plans. It focusses on building community resilience and scaling up local capacities to create a child and youth friendly environment. 

During the presentation of the work plan for Zhytomyr region, targeting six municipalities, Dr Tim Prange, Deputy Ambassador of Germany, affirmed his country’s commitment to sustaining the recovery of municipalities and regions in Ukraine. He emphasized the importance of local ownership in the recovery process, stating, “Recovery does not only require investments in hard infrastructure, investment in human capital is just as important. Families and their communities play a crucial role for the future of Ukraine”. 

As Ukraine reaches nearly 2 years of full-scale war, the Government of Ukraine is accelerating recovery with a focus on building back better, ensuring institutions, infrastructure, partners and services are strengthened to sustainably meet basic needs and policies and systems are strengthened. UNICEF will partner and align implementation with authorities at the national, oblast and hromada level. 

From the conflict in 2014 to the escalation in 2022, UNICEF and the Government of Germany, through KfW, have worked together to promote integrated social services in the Donbas region of Ukraine. In February 2022, Germany quickly expanded existing measures to other regions of Ukraine. In 2020-2022 the partnership reached 700,000 persons with access to improved WASH services, 160,000 children and youth with skills and opportunities to be active in their communities, 140,000 children were supported and engaged in learning activities, and 310,000 community members gained access to critical information and referrals for available community services. 

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Oleksandra Burynska
Communications Specialist
UNICEF Ukraine


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