Implementing an integrated approach to assist, account for, and resolve the problems of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has been a major issue since the beginning of the displacement crisis.
On 20 October 2014, Ukraine adopted the law «On the Rights and Freedoms of Internally Displaced Persons» (No. 1706-VII). This law defined the concept of an internally displaced person, provided for an IDP accounting system and called for the creation of a Unified Information Database for IDPs (UIDB). The Government of Ukraine is responsible for creating and maintaining the UIDB, as well as determining who may access the database.
According to a notice issued by the Ministry of Social Policy, the UIDB has been working in test mode since 1 August 20165, 6. In early September 2016, the Minister of Social Policy stated that the UIDB would be fully operational from 01 October 20167. However, at the end of October 2016, the UIDB was not yet fully operational and still cannot be accessed by NGOs or IDPs.
Representatives of the «Charitable Foundation «Right to Protection» (CF «Right to Protection») repeatedly received information about problems with many DSPPs’ work due to inadequate UIDB functionality. In order to study the UIDB’s effectiveness and identify problems DSPP employees experienced with the UIDB, CF «Right to Protection» monitored program functionality and usage at DSPPs in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Kharkiv regions on 10-13 October 2016. 76 DSPP employees were interviewed.