UNDP and EU support building repairs to house IDPs with special needs, children and large families

Vitaliya Masliy lived in Slovyansk city in Donetska oblast. This beautiful and graceful, yet strong and brave woman was forced to leave her home with her husband and young son during military operations. Masliy’s family faced considerable hardship as a result of the conflict when the supply of water and heat to their flat was cut off. “This war has brought me disaster, uncertainty in the future, fear of what will come tomorrow, and fear for future of my family,” says Masliy, who is confined to a wheelchair and struggled to find alternative housing that could accommodate her. Read more

What is the best way to encourage vulnerable consumers to invest in energy efficiency?

In April 2015 the Ukrainian government began implementing a gradual increase of energy tariffs. At the same time, it introduced energy consumption subsidies targeted to vulnerable consumers. However, a negative effect of this effort is that recipients of governmental aid often become reluctant to implement measures to improve energy efficiency, such as installing meters, heat regulators, and insulation. Read more