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DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT BODIES WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE DECENTRALISATION PROCESS IN UKRAINE (DMD)

The project started on the first of July 2018. Supporting the process of decentralisation of Ukraine and the U-LEAD with Europe Programme, the project aims to foster the socio-economic development of the ethnically diverse communities in Ukraine by building of capacities of the Local Self-Governments (LSG) and by fostering the contribution of the national minorities to the processes at the local level.

BACKGROUND

With the adoption of the Concept for the Reform of Local Self-Government and Territorial Set-Up of Power in April 2014, the Ukrainian government included the process of decentralisation among its key priorities. Supported by the international community, the implementation of the territorial and administrative reform and the enhancement of the capacities of local self-governance achieved significant progress in just a couple of years - the first elections have been already conducted in more than 700 amalgamated hromadas (AH) throughout Ukraine.

As a result, the AHs have experienced a developmental push, which had a directly positive impact on the living standards of people. As a study conducted by the ECMI with the support of the German Chairmanship of OSCE 2016 has revealed, these positive effects can be significantly maximised if human capital is managed adequately so that ethnically diverse groups actively cooperate with and contribute to the work of the LSG. By focusing primarily on the areas where national minorities live compactly, ECMI activities aim to facilitate the ongoing amalgamation process by featuring its socioeconomic aspects and transfer of knowledge and positive practices.

With a focus on diversity management and sustainable governance for economic growth, the ECMI project will support the building of capacities of the local self-governments of hromadas as well as of already amalgamated hromadas.

DMD ACTIVITIES

The project activities cover a full range of services, including the delivery of:

••• Research outputs

- Study on the situation in Ukraine

- International experience and practices

- Policy recommendations

••• Information materials about the decentralization process in Ukraine

••• General and tailor-made trainings in 2 modules, conducted in the 3 targeted project regions 

••• Study-visit to Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

•• Workshop with national authorities of Ukraine

••• Expert workshops in support to local and national authorities in Ukraine

••• Final project event for dissemination of project findings and achievements

DMD AIMS & OBJECTIVES

••• Building capacities of LSG and communities in diversity management for fostering economic growth

••• Awareness raising about the advantages of the multi-stakeholder partnerships in the context of the amalgamation process

••• Knowledge transfer to LSG and central government; planning facilitation and provision of structural support to LSG

••• Empowerment by supporting the establishment of mechanisms for structured dialogue and cooperation among stakeholders

PROJECT SCOPE

To foster societal cohesion and hence support the social and economic development at the local level and regional levels, the project will target regions with ethnically diverse populations

••• Chernivtsi

••• Zakarpattya

••• Odessa

International Project Manager: ECMI Consultant Dr. Zora Popova

Contact 

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
Government
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State
Schleswig-Holstein