The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA), in association with the Dnipropetrovsk Region Local Democracy Agency, with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation announces the launch of the Dnipro project “Empowering Local Governments and Civil Society in Ukraine and Moldova through Participatory Democracy Tools”.

A press conference occurring on May 28th made its main goal clear: to promote sustainable development of the city and increase the level of participation of citizens in the adoption of management decisions at the local level.

“Dnipro, in its development, has its base on the principles of democracy, decentralization of powers, and self-organization. From 2016, our city is a member of the European Association of Local Democracy and continues to develop local self-government and improve the participation of citizens in the city’s decision-making and development. The Mayor, Boris Filatov, set the task of continuing last year’s policy of decentralization and maximizing the powers of the bodies of self-organization of the population. Along this promising direction, a cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation was established. The new project will be a continuation of this partnership and will make it possible to use the experience already acquired. The implementation of the project with the European Association of Local Democracy is an important step in improving city governance and identifying the potential for self-government development. It will help to conduct research to find out the probable problems in the system of local self-government and to apply new methods and means to resolve them”, said Artem Nedelko, director of the department of local self-government, internal and informational policy of the Dnipro city council.

During the first stage of the project, questionnaires, discussions, interviews with representatives of local authorities, public organizations and active citizens are conducted to determine the degree of openness of local authorities, the accessibility and ease of obtaining information for city residents about decisions of the city council, and the opportunities for citizens to influence management decisions at the local level.

“After the analysis, additional suggestions will be made. And during the second stage, experts from the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) will hold a series of training seminars on eliminating disadvantages and increasing the effectiveness of participatory democracy at the city level. Furthermore, recommendations will be prepared for the management of the city of Dnipro”, – said Angelika Pilipenko, Director of the Civil Society Agency of the Dnipropetrovsk Region.

As a result of the participation in the project, Dnipro can receive the European Quality Management Certificate. For the Council of Europe, this will be an indicator of the openness of local authorities to the city’s residents and the high efficiency of local self-government, as well as create additional opportunities for attracting new partners and funds for cooperation.

“I want to thank the Dnipro Municipal Council for being open to our proposal. The Dnipro City became one of the four pilot cities in the post-Soviet area, which have shown interest in this topic and now have a chance to receive this significant award. Therefore, the Dnipro Municipal Council and project organizers work closely together and are interested in promoting the results at the international level, “said Alexandru Coica, Co-ordinator of the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) Eastern Partnership”

The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA), in association with the Dnipropetrovsk Region Local Democracy Agency, with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation announces the launch of the Dnipro project “Empowering Local Governments and Civil Society in Ukraine and Moldova through Participatory Democracy Tools”.

A press conference occurring on May 28th made its main goal clear: to promote sustainable development of the city and increase the level of participation of citizens in the adoption of management decisions at the local level.

“Dnipro, in its development, has its base on the principles of democracy, decentralization of powers, and self-organization. From 2016, our city is a member of the European Association of Local Democracy and continues to develop local self-government and improve the participation of citizens in the city’s decision-making and development. The Mayor, Boris Filatov, set the task of continuing last year’s policy of decentralization and maximizing the powers of the bodies of self-organization of the population. Along this promising direction, a cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation was established. The new project will be a continuation of this partnership and will make it possible to use the experience already acquired. The implementation of the project with the European Association of Local Democracy is an important step in improving city governance and identifying the potential for self-government development. It will help to conduct research to find out the probable problems in the system of local self-government and to apply new methods and means to resolve them”, said Artem Nedelko, director of the department of local self-government, internal and informational policy of the Dnipro city council.

During the first stage of the project, questionnaires, discussions, interviews with representatives of local authorities, public organizations and active citizens are conducted to determine the degree of openness of local authorities, the accessibility and ease of obtaining information for city residents about decisions of the city council, and the opportunities for citizens to influence management decisions at the local level.

“After the analysis, additional suggestions will be made. And during the second stage, experts from the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) will hold a series of training seminars on eliminating disadvantages and increasing the effectiveness of participatory democracy at the city level. Furthermore, recommendations will be prepared for the management of the city of Dnipro”, – said Angelika Pilipenko, Director of the Civil Society Agency of the Dnipropetrovsk Region.

As a result of the participation in the project, Dnipro can receive the European Quality Management Certificate. For the Council of Europe, this will be an indicator of the openness of local authorities to the city’s residents and the high efficiency of local self-government, as well as create additional opportunities for attracting new partners and funds for cooperation.

“I want to thank the Dnipro Municipal Council for being open to our proposal. The Dnipro City became one of the four pilot cities in the post-Soviet area, which have shown interest in this topic and now have a chance to receive this significant award. Therefore, the Dnipro Municipal Council and project organizers work closely together and are interested in promoting the results at the international level, “said Alexandru Coica, Co-ordinator of the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) Eastern Partnership”