The NGO “Anti-Corruption Headquarters” has already launched a new online-tool — that is the “Map of Recovery”. The analysts of the NGO are working on recording objects which have been already restored after destruction or damage happened as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Currently, the Map contains more than a thousand of such buildings, the total amount of restoration of which exceeds UAH 1 billion.
“The media space always presents the issue of recovery from the future perspective, however, in fact, the recovery process has already covered thousands of objects throughout Ukraine. With the hostilities actively taking place on the vast areas of Ukrainian territory, the recovery process currently includes mostly minor repairs. Nevertheless, billions of budget funds have been already invested in such repairs. And here comes our main purpose which is to record these spendings with the aim of ensuring transparent recovery,” said Serhii Mytkalyk, Chairman of the Board of the “Anti-Corruption Headquarters”, during the presentation “The Map of Ukraine’s Recovery: How to Make Reconstruction Transparent”.
Serhii Mytkalyk goes on saying that the NGO’s analysts involved in the project have been examining the recovery processes in different regions of Ukraine for several months, and so far it can hardly be called transparent. According to the data of regional military administrations received by the “Anti-Corruption Headquarters”, almost 160 thousand damaged or destroyed objects have been recorded on the territories accessible for counting. And more than 6 thousand objects have been restored to date.
The “Map of Recovery” was designed with the following purposes: to ensure transparent and accountable restoration of all destroyed and damaged objects as a result of Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine; to raise funds for reconstruction; to monitor the disbursement of allocated funds; to contribute to the effective reconstruction of Ukraine.
“According to various estimates, more than $700 billion is needed for reconstruction, although this is without taking into account the energy system and the territories that have not yet been de-occupied. When we return housing to people, it should be better than it was before — this is the philosophy of the Parliament and the government. The restoration of infrastructure takes the second place after housing. Its restoration now requires more than $40 billion,” added Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Volodymyr Kreidenko.
The “Map of Recovery” was created on the basis of the “Map of Destruction”, which is one of many digital-tools designed by the “Anti-Corruption Headquarters”. The Map of Recovery contains data on the location of an object and photos which fall under three categories: before destruction, after destruction, and after restoration. The description of each object provides detailed information about the source of funds that have been involved in the recovery process. An important fact to mention is that not only does the government cover the recovery, but also Ukrainian volunteer organizations do their best to contribute to restoration.
“We have undertaken the function of fast recovery, which is mainly about replacing windows and covering roofs. 40 thousand volunteers in 7 regions are involved in “Dobrobat”, the organization among main current tasks of which is to help people survive the winter,” stated Rostyslav Smirnov, co-founder of the volunteer association “Dobrobat”.
A small reminder: in June the “Anti-Corruption Headquarters” launched the Map of Destruction — an online map that accumulates objects destroyed as a result of Russia’s shelling of Ukrainian territory.
The event was held within the project: “Transparent restoration of destroyed objects with the help of the Map of Recovery”, which is being implemented with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.