Decentralization reforms in Ukraine produced sweeping changes impacting every citizen in the country. These reforms marked a transformative shift that required local governments, including in villages and rural settlements, to take on significant new responsibilities. As these municipalities work to effectively manage resources and deliver better services to citizens, new opportunities for responsive governance and community collaboration are driving innovations from the ground up. 

Delivering municipal services that work for citizens – from health facilities to garbage collection to IT infrastructure – is the task of newly created Consolidated Communities across Ukraine.

Increasing the quality of their public services stimulates local economies and promotes the development of strong, cohesive communities, working together toward common goals. 

Consolidated Communities face the full range of challenges of local government – from strategic planning to budgeting and financial management. Earning the trust of citizens requires strong anti-corruption, transparency and monitoring mechanisms, as well as broad participation from all sectors of society. When citizens are actively engaged in setting priorities and advancing development, government processes become more open and inclusive, integrating the needs of all members of the community into a shared vision for the future. 

Combatting Corruption at the Community Level

The Ukrainian Communities Countering Corruption Together project, supported by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, aims to reduce corruption at the community level, with a focus on enabling improved services in healthcare and education as the two key sectors of citizen concern in the incidence and prevalence of corruption. Working with 19 Consolidated Communities in 13 Oblasts, the project's approach is based on the idea that rather than creating more bureaucracy and red tape, anti-corruption tools should be integrated directly into existing structures for efficiency and efficacy. Under this project, communities have developed and launched anti-corruption programs and tools such as public councils and citizen budgets to increase transparency, openness, and accessibility between government and citizens. 

Strengthening Local Governance and Citizen Engagement

Global Communities leads an international consortium of American, Ukrainian and Polish organizations to implement the program Decentralization Offering Better Results and Efficiency (DOBRE) across Ukraine, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID DOBRE works in 100 Consolidated Communities in 10 Oblasts of Ukraine. DOBRE strengthens local governance to deepen democracy, improve conditions for development of communities, promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, and enhance economic sustainability. The program builds the capacity of local governments to more effectively manage resources and deliver services that respond to community priorities, as well as improving citizen engagement and oversight of local governance.  

As the leader of the DOBRE Consortium, Global Communities is proud to work with the following implementing partners: 

  • Poland’s Foundation in Support of Local Democracy (FSLD) provides technical expertise from the Polish experience in strategic planning, service provision and participatory budgeting. 
  • The Malopolska School of Public Administration at the Krakow University of Economics (MSAP/UEK) helps strengthen educational and professional development opportunities in public administration. 
  • The National Democratic Institute (NDI) elevates gender equity and promoting women’s empowerment in DOBRE activities. 
  • SocialBoost promotes innovative and demand-driven information communications and technology solutions for inclusive and participatory local governance. 
  • The Ukrainian Crisis Media Center (UCMC) leads a robust communications strategy that strengthens public awareness of the benefits of decentralization, trains stakeholders in effective communications, and maximizes dissemination of results achieved by Consolidated Communities and the DOBRE program. 

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