Ukraine

Nov 17, 2021
Many of the 56 individual communities in Ukraine’s Vasylkivska Consolidated Community, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast lacked access to clean water. The population of about 23,000 had only one village acting as the central water supply with the communal entity of Dzherelo (meaning “wellspring”) administering water supply services, making it challenging to widely distribute clean water across other Consolidated Community settlements. Community members identified the provision of quality drinking water in local schools and kindergartens as critical since the lack of access also caused an increase of diseases among children, provoking infection and problems with joints.  Also problematic was that water existing in the educational institutions did not meet the State’s sanitation regulations.  “The... Read more
Feb 18, 2021
Efficient, affordable handling of waste management is a critical concern in Ukraine. Residents of Slobozhanska consolidated community decided not to wait for government guidance and proceeded with implementing the Law of Ukraine On Waste Management at the local level. This was in line with the CC Development Strategy which highlights the importance of protecting ecology and sorting solid household waste. The Slobozhanska community also detailed a relevant Service Delivery Improvement Plan for five years. In 2018, the USAID “Decentralization Offering Better Results and Efficiency” (DOBRE) Program supported the CC and delivered a new garbage truck (... Read more
Dec 23, 2020
On December 22, the USAID Decentralization Offering Better Results and Efficiency (DOBRE) program, in partnership with the Ministry of Communities and Territorial Development of Ukraine announced the joining of 25 new consolidated communities (CCs) from Zaporizhzhia, Chernihiv and Chernivtsi Oblasts to the program. Based on the results of the highly competitive contest, DOBRE selected five CCs from Zaporizhzhia Oblast: Veselivska, Huliapilska, Komysh-Zoryanska, Polohivska, Shyrokivska; 10 CCs from Chernihiv Oblast: Koropska, Koryukivska, Losynivska, Lyubetska, Menska, Nizhynska, Novhorod-Siverska, Snovska, Sosnytska, Tupychivska; and 10 CCs from Chernivtsi Oblast: Velykokuchurivska, Vyzhnytska, Hlybotska, Klishkovetska, Mamalyhivska, Nedoboivska, Novoselytska, Rukshynska, Ust-Putylska,... Read more
Sep 10, 2020
In Ukraine for quite some time, activities have been carried out aimed at improving legislation provision for medium-term budget planning at the state and local levels. The process has accelerated since Ukraine signed the EU Association Agreement. According to the Agreement, cooperation in terms of improvement of medium-term budget planning system lies in, first, in learning the EU member states projection practices in order to form most realistic budget forecasts. The reason for medium-term budget planning system development within the EU was in the understanding that a budget process surpasses the budget compilation and execution framework during one year. Ukraine has partially implemented the mechanisms for medium-term budgeting at the state level. However, at the local level, in... Read more
Sep 09, 2020
In the process of decentralization reform in Ukraine, small communities increasingly felt they should be treated not as provinces of big cities, but as strong and capable communities one would like to live in, and develop their own talents and plans, as various spheres started to evolve. In addition, time came to concentrate attention on local members: their daily successes and needs. According to Ilona Kozar, mediacenter manager, “local community mediacenters should actively perform this role, to keep everyone informed about life in the community, allow active residents to convene, to make theme events and discuss business presentations. Moreover, local media people would have access to space premises to cooperate, to write, to make photos, to shoot videos, to share information about... Read more
Aug 28, 2020
Anti-corruption and decentralization reforms have become key priorities in the Ukrainian program of new reforms, which are important in the country's path to European integration. A poll conducted in 2019 by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation together with the Razumkov Center's sociological service  showed that 62% of the population believe the anti-corruption reform is a priority, and is considered even more important than medical or social reforms. The anti-corruption reform is especially important for the consolidated communities (CCs) established as part of decentralization reform.  Newly established CCs have received more... Read more
Aug 14, 2020
In December 2019, new legislation on renting state and communal property came into force in Ukraine, which significantly altered the approaches to asset management. The situation became complicated by the fact that since mid-June, procedures for the abovementioned policy had not been adopted. With the new national order, the number of related questions was rising, as its procedure was too wide. The end users came across many issues on how to carry out communal property rental capabilities — for the transitional period, prior to electronic trade system launch. The frequent questions at the local level touched upon the possibility to extend the leasing established within the previously adopted policies and under the requirements of the effective legislation. USAID-funded “Decentralization... Read more
Jul 09, 2020
Stanislavska village community was established in 2017, consolidating two councils – Stanislavska and Shirokobalkivska, where community residents totaled 7,130.  In Stanislavska consolidated community (CC), there are powerful nature-inspired, cultural and historic capacities. Due to its location along the estuary and being close to two Oblast level cities (Kherson and Mykolayiv), this geographic feature brings the CC the potential to develop agricultural, green, active (walking, water and biking), gastronomic and wedding tourism. Efficient utilization of such critical advantages are critical mechanisms for successful and sustainable community development. With this in mind, and with assistance from the USAID “Decentralization Offering Better Results and Efficiency” program, the CC... Read more
Jul 06, 2020
Co-authors: Olena Paseka, press secretary at Information and Public Relations Department at Lanivtsi City Council; Yuri Matevoshchuk, director at the Yelovytsky Culture Center Despite encouraging youth to be proactive, come up with ideas and initiate critical decisions in a community, it can be much easier said than done. In practice, young people do not always have the support and tools to make the first step. That is why, to bring about more efficient youth policy implementation in communities, local governance became involved in Lanivtsi consolidated community (CC). Background   Lanivtsi town CC of Lanivtsi Rayon in Ternopil Oblast was established on December 1, 2017. It soon consolidated with one town and four village councils, made up of  10 constituent communities:... Read more
Jun 30, 2020
USAID DOBRE, which is implemented by Global Communities, has provided excavators to several CCs in Ukraine as part of its service delivery improvement projects, which proved very useful when a recent hurricane caused major damage in DOBRE partner CCs Biloberizka and Pyadytska including flooding, fallen trees, roads covered with stones and debris, all of which damaged livelihoods. In... Read more
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