First operation of The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) in Ukraine to repair households destroyed by the war
Sofía Medina Sánchez
International Justice and Human Rights Researcher
Global Human Rights Defence
A 2 million euro grant agreement to finance housing repairs for more than 500 households in areas affected by the conflict of Ukraine has been signed by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). This constitutes the first CEB operation in Ukraine since the State joined on 15th June 2023.
When internally displaced individuals return to their residences, they frequently encounter homes or apartment complexes that are no longer suitable for habitation due to the effects of the conflict. Evaluations conducted by CRS and CARITAS reveal that the majority of these buildings remain structurally sound, but have incurred minor to moderate damage, including broken windows and doors, as well as harm to walls and roofs.
This project funded by the CEB will support the restoration of households with structurally safe buildings and houses which however need repairs. The project aims to focus on disadvantaged households, which encompass families led by women, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and families possessing limited financial means.
As stated by the CEB Governor, Carlo Monticelli: “this initiative helps accelerating the implementation of important housing projects in Ukraine, with CEB’s financial support and expertise”.
Sources and further Reading:
Council of Europe, Newsroom, Ukraine: first CEB operation to support housing repairs for households affected by war, 19 September 2023 : https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/ukraine-first-ceb-operation-to-support-housing-repairs-for-households-affected-by-war
Council of Europe Development Bank, News, First CEB operation in Ukraine to support housing repairs for households affected by war, 19 September 2023: