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October 3, 2019

Forum “Cities of Solidarity: Long-Term Housing Solutions for IDPs”


Karazin University is holding the forum “Cities of Solidarity: Long-Term Housing Solutions for IDPs”, bringing together representatives of central and local authorities, international humanitarian organizations, development agencies, private sector, universities, experts and representatives of various sectors of civil society to find long-term housing solutions for IDPs.

The Acting University President, Anton Panteleimonov, congratulated those present on the beginning of the forum, emphasizing the role of the modern university, “It is no coincidence that such an event takes place in Kharkiv and within the walls of Karazin University. It confirms the mission of the modern university, an educational and scientific institution that not only educates students, but is also a cultural and social hub.”

Head of the Department for Social and Economic Development, Accounting and Payments, Dmytro Harmash, addressed those present and briefed on the situation with internally displaced persons in Kharkiv.

The concept of the forum implies a multiplicity of possible solutions, exchange of experience, building a network of contacts in different regions of Ukraine.

The forum continued with seven parallel panel discussions dedicated to the program of providing temporary housing for IDPs; the initiative to provide social housing of the Ukrainian Social Investment Fund; the coalition of IDPs’ public organizations engaged in advocacy for housing solutions at the local level; the program “Affordable Housing”; advocacy for housing programs at the local level: setting up a cooperative in Vinnytsia; housing solutions for IDPs on the example of Kryvyi Rih, etc.

Based on the results of panel discussions, the working groups are to develop recommendations on long-term housing solutions for IDPs for central and local authorities, IDP communities.

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