DESPRO LOCAL SELF-GOVERNANCE SCHOOL   (DESPRO SCHOOL)

It is a comprehensive training programme for local self-government (LSG) leaders. Starting from 2017 DESPRO School is carried out exclusively for representatives of amalgamated territorial communities (ATCs)

BACKGROUND

ESTABLISHED IN:

2014

ESTABLISHED BY:

Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralisation Support Project DESPRO

GOAL:

To create a pool of leaders who:

  • understand the value and prospects of the reforms;

  • are ready to introduce changes on the community level;

  • are ready and able to disseminate the acquired knowledge

PARTICIPANTS:

Competitively selected ATC teams from various oblasts (regions) of Ukraine consisting of 5 members from either a Committee for Strategic Planning or Monitoring of the ATC Strategy, headed by a community chair or his/her deputy

VENUE:
Kyiv

DATES of TRAINING:

September – November every year

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:

June – August

ADVANTAGES

  • Top experts and practitioners of LSG as trainers and lecturers;

  • Practical curriculum: from theory to expert support of the process of developing / actualisating a community development strategy;

  • DESPRO’s own web platform for e-Learning: Local Development Community of Practice (CoP);

  • Balanced face-to-face and e-learning trainings;

  • Unique format – simultaneous training for both LSG officials, their leaders, and representatives of non-governmental organisations, business and civil society;

  • Ready-made tools for effective representation of one’s community (preparation of promotional materials about an ATC);

  • Effective platform for professional dialogue, exchange of experience and ideas;

  • Additional training on interactive teaching methods for adults (ToT).

CURRICULUM

  • Focused on the key challenges and issues faced by ATCs in the field of:

  • Strategic and Spatial Planning;

  • Strategic and Project Management;

  • Decentralised public services models (foremost in the sectors of water and sanitation, as well as SWM, in which DESPRO can offer ready-made products for communities);

  • Effective promotion of a community;

  • Marketing of territories

AS A RESULT OF THE TRAINING YOU RECEIVE:

  • a Diploma for successful completion of the DESPRO LSG School;

  • Certificate on e-course completion;

  • Certificate on completion of Training of Trainers (TOT) course.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The established Commission competitively selects participants according to the following criteria:

  • Motivation (35%)
  • Reputation (30%)
  • Eligibility (20%)
  • Compliance of strategic documents with the set requirements (15%)

One of the requirements is the availability of a developed / approved Community Development Strategy

FORMAT

  • 2 face-to-face sessions (workshops, discussions, trainings);

  • 1 e-course and practical assignments in the Community of Practice;

  • Training of Trainers: training on interactive teaching methods for adults (ToT);

  • Study visits to Poland aimed at studying Polish experience in reforms implementation.

ALUMNI

Since 2014, three training cycles have been conducted:

In total, 355 participants have been selected, out of which 228 qualified graduates and 57 certified trainers have been trained.

THE RESULT OF PARTICIPATION IN DESPRO LSG SCHOOL INCLUDE: ACTUALISED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY, DEVELOPED COMMUNITY BRAND, ELABORATED PROJECTS FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT, NEW SKILLS FOR EFFECTIVE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

CONTACTS:

2 Borysa Hrinchenka street, office 2
Kyiv 01001 Ukraine
tel.:                       +38 (044) 270 55 21
fax:                       +38 (044) 279 67 27
e-mail:                  despro@despro.org.ua