|Region||Europe - non EU member states|
|Duration||Start 1 January, 2016 till 31 December, 2017|
|Field of expertise||Involving Citizens in Decision Making|
Public policy and planning
|Partners||PAX for Peace|
|Funding||Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands|
The project interventions aim at providing a participatory, locally driven response to the reform efforts, focussing on the Eastern regions of Donetsk, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. The proposed interventions in these areas are linked to the high influx of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) who need basic services such as education, health care, housing, jobs. Subsequently, municipal structures in these regions face challenges in providing these services to IDPs, while at the same time, these groups of citizens are especially vulnerable and traumatised, the trust in the government is weak, and resources and services are scarce and poorly administered
The project aims to support the development of transparent, accountable and responsive local government and inclusive local political processes in eastern Ukraine. More specifically, it aims to:
Support local authorities in shaping accurate, accountable responses to demands brought forward by (civil) society in six municipalities in up to 5 provinces in Eastern Ukraine.
Strengthen citizens participation practices in local policy by engaging civil society and facilitate inclusive processes providing tools for constructive collaboration among the population, civil society and authorities in the targeted municipalities.
Transfer lessons learnt and best practices from the project to other local governments in Ukraine and present these to the central government.
The expected results are:
Capacity of local government officials is strengthened to implement transparent and accountable local democratic processes.
Strengthened transparent and accountable local democratic processes.
Capacity of local government officials and civil society is strengthened to engage citizens of different (conflicting) groups into constructive discussion on needs-based issues.
Capacity of civil society to monitor the actions of their local authorities, and to mobilise when these run counter to lawful and inclusive practice has strengthened.
Civil society and citizens are able to formulate realistic demands reflecting the interests of different groups to their local authorities, and interact with them in a constructive way to generate results of common interest.
Improved cooperation mechanisms between local authorities and civil society to designed and implement initiatives with involvement of civil society.
Project results and experiences disseminated to other local authorities in targeted provinces.
“In my experience municipalities in different countries often deal with similar challenges. In our work in Ukraine I have seen that by working together municipalities are enhancing a transformative experience that empowers them to overcome challenges and become close to their citizens. “