Switzerland’s continued support to decentralization and local governance reform in Ukraine builds upon the good results achieved in previous phases. By strengthening capacities of the key national reform stakeholders and improving national policies, SDC will contribute to further advancing the reform. Local governments will be capacitated to effectively use newly transferred competences and resources to provide quality public services (in particular water supply & sanitation and solid waste management) to citizens.
Democratic participation and civil society
The decentralization and local self-government reform was put on the top reform agenda of the Ukrainian government in 2014. Since that time the reform has achieved considerable results: over 400 sustainable amalgamated communities were established (incl. in the conflict-affected regions), laying the foundation for a more optimal administrative and territorial setup; local budgets have increased 3-7 times due to fiscal decentralization; and local self-governments have received new competences. The reform is recognized as one of the most successful ones, having 64% of public support and 46% of people experiencing its positive results. The complex political situation in Ukraine with the ongoing military conflict in the east and severe economic conditions still poses a risk to the finalization of the reform, which requires a well-coordinated and comprehensive support from the international community.
Citizens of Ukraine benefit from improved local governance, better access to and quality of public services resulting from the advanced decentralization reform.
Local: citizens of target municipalities and amalgamated communities, representatives of local self-governments;
Regional: representatives of oblast councils and oblast state administrations; regional offices of reform funded by EU/GIZ; regional NGOs and media;
National: Ministry for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services; Parliamentary Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government; Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers and Reforms Delivery Office; local self-government associations; Central Reform Office (funded by EU/GIZ) and Project Office for Sectorial Decentralization (funded by Canada), national media.
Results from previous phases:
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Other International Organization
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 9’450’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 9’097’037 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF 25’200’000|
|Project phases||Phase 4 01.07.2017 - 31.12.2022 (Current phase) Phase 3 01.05.2013 - 31.12.2017 (Completed)|
Last update 26.01.2022