Democracy at local level: concrete examples from Ukraine with UNDP

Nov 05, 2021

Good governance

ALDA’s commitment in Ukraine has always involved several actors, from institutions to citizens. Hence, in partnership with the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, and supported by  Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland, ALDA has been involved in the “Good Governance Platform project” implemented by  UNDP.

Already in July 2021, ALDA Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, visited Ukraine to deliver a series of training sessions in the city of Svyatogorsk. This time, in November 2021, at the second and final conference within the project, entitled “Good local governance: challenges and solutions” guests speakers and participants reflected on: 

  • Strengthening the institutional capacity of local authorities to manage communities;
  • Ensuring the involvement of the public in decision-making and
  • Implementing good governance policies through participatory democracy were among the main objectives of the event.

ALDA’s commitment in Ukraine has always involved several actors, from institutions to citizens

Specifically, this occasion gave the possibility to Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts’ communities to exchange and dialogue on “European experience of responsible local government”, especially as far as publicity, transparency, innovation, partnership concern.

Thus, as also stressed by Ms. Antonella Valmorbida: “Democracy at the local level is the diversity of civil society engagement with local authorities between key democratic moments, which are elections. It’s an effective and efficient tool for addressing the challenges.”

Inspired by this, through this event participants were able to talk about and share their experiences on implemented projects and developments in good governance, be they the creation of  advisory offices for citizens, or a resource centre for initiative groups and youth councils.

Overall, ALDA was and still is very proud and honoured to be supporting active citizenship and democratisation in Ukraine and it is looking forward to continuing the efforts in the future.

Some useful data:

  • 240 people trained
  • 6 weeks
  • 12 training sessions
2Good governance: authorities’ transparency and accountability to the territorial community
3Public monitoring and anti-corruption control
4Good Governance: public monitoring and anti-corruption control
5Raising awareness on the professional competencies of representatives of local governments and community leaders of target communities
6Creativity and innovation in local government
7Development and implementation of effective mechanisms of interaction among local governments, citizens and media: examination of participatory democracy
8Responsible local government: transparency, innovation and partnership
9Introduction of mediation principles in communication among authorities and communities
10Conflict resolution through mediation
11Local budgets at the present stage: changes in legislation and new tools 
12Improving the budget management system of territorial communities in the context of decentralization reform