Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs): Instrument for Cooperation, Community Cohesion, and Development in Ukraine


This project aims to aid Ukraine’s reconstruction by fostering collaborative municipal partnerships between Ukrainian and EU medium-sized municipalities. It focuses on empowering regional strategies in Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv, partnering with municipalities in Spain, France, and Italy. Additionally, the project promotes local decentralized cooperation between Ukraine and the EU through partnerships with ALDA and U-LEAD.


The overarching objective of this project is to contribute to the reconstruction of Ukraine by facilitating collaborative municipal partnerships between Ukrainian and EU municipalities, particularly those of medium size. The first specific objective of this initiative is to promote engagement and cooperation among medium-sized local authorities in Europe and Ukraine through two distinct approaches, each directed at supporting two processes within the framework of this pilot exercise:

  1. Empowering the LDA Dnipropetrovsk region and implementing a regional strategy involving medium-sized municipalities, potentially including Novomoskovsk in Dnipropetrovsk oblast, with collaboration with Bilbao in the Basque Country. The entity is now referred to as the LDA Dnipropetrovsk region.
  2. Establishing a new LDA Kharkiv region process that involves medium-sized municipalities, including Merefa in Kharkiv oblast, with collaboration initiated with Buscate in Lombardia, Italy.

The second specific objective of this project is to promote local decentralised cooperation between Ukraine and the EU. This will be achieved by energising existing partnerships with ALDA and U-LEAD and facilitating the creation of new connections, aligning the paths and flagship initiatives of ALDA and LDAs with potential partners emerging from the Bridges of Trust initiative.