The event aimed to establish communication between the IDP Councils of Rivne region in communities, districts, and the region. This will create an effective and rapid mechanism for responding to changes in the security situation.
The Forum of IDP Councils in the region provided a platform for sharing experiences and ideas. Over 100 participants attended, including regional authorities, community leaders, NGO representatives, social services, and IDP council heads.
Dermot Hamilton, Executive Director of the ‘Stabilization Support Services’ Charitable Foundation, also participated in the event, as reported by the Rivne Regional State Administration.
The forum was organized as a thematic panel discussion. They discussed urgent issues related to IDPs and successful cases of their solutions. For instance, they shared the history of integration and support for IDPs from Mariupol.
They discussed finding employment and housing, and mechanisms to protect the rights of internally displaced persons.
Since the full-scale invasion began, over 88,000 IDPs have been hosted in the Rivne region. The region has established 39 IDP councils at the local community level, 2 at the district level, and 1 at the regional level.
IDP councils operate under local administrations and local self-government bodies. They represent and protect the rights and interests of internally displaced persons.