09:57 | 17.10.2017
10 Years in Ukraine: Recipe for Success by DESPRO
"DESPRO is the most lasting project ever implemented by the Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development. Over 10 years, we, together with Ukraine, lived through numerous commotions and victories, we had to respond to unexpected challenges and came through many ordeals but did not leave the way of reform - that is why the DESPRO Project managed to achieve powerful successes and progress in the process of its implementation", that theme was the key one in the complimentary speech of Juerg Christen, Managing Director of the Skat - Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development, and DESPRO Managing Director.
The overwhelming majority of the heads of ATCs positively assess the decentralization reform. This data was obtained as a result of a sociological survey conducted by the Expert Center “ASK Reform” supported by the Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralization Support Project in Ukraine - DESPRO and with the participation of the Association of Amalgamated Territorial Communities.
The research was conducted using a telephone survey. 254 heads of village, settlement and town amalgamated communities from all regions of the country took part in it. As a reminder, today there are 413 amalgamated territorial communities (ATCs) in Ukraine.
13:08 | 25.07.2017
A Forum on Decentralization took place in Ternopil oblast
On July 20, 2017, the Forum “Decentralization – the basis for the formation of a new system of governance and local development” was held in Ternopil oblast.
14:59 | 18.07.2017
DESPRO helps communities solve wastewater disposal problems
On July 13, presentation of the sewerage system and wastewater treatment plant built in the framework of a pilot project supported by the Swiss-Ukrainian Project “Decentralization Support in Ukraine” – DESPRO, was held in Illinetske village, Vinnytsia oblast.
On July 13, in Tulchyn, Vinnytsia oblast, two important and interrelated events took place, which are important not only in the life of the local community, but also in the scale of the whole country: the round table “Regional and Inter-Municipal Solutions in the field of implementation of the Integrated Solid Waste Management” and the Grand Opening of a newly built landfill for solid household waste.
On June 23, 2017, a presentation of the results of the pilot project for supporting the amalgamated communities in the Khmelnytskyi Oblast was held. Mr. Anatolii Tkachuk, Director in Science at the Civil Society Institute, told experts and representatives of the donor organizations supporting the project, including DESPRO, about its main achievements and outcomes.
The heroes of our story are the town of Tulchyn, the rayon centre in Vinnytsia region, and the surrounding communities of Kynashiv and Suvorivske village councils. The total number of inhabitants in these administrative units is 26,000.
Like most small towns, Tulchyn had typical problems related to waste: spontaneous garbage dumps, for the liquidation of which considerable funds were spent annually from the budget, lack a sanitation scheme required by the Law of Ukraine “On Waste”, a loss-making utility company that is forced to borrow fuel and default workers’ wages, adjacent territories are not provided with containers. Garbage collection in Tulchyn and in some of the nearby villages was carried out sporadically, once a week, because of the lack of sufficient equipment. The garbage dump (it is important to emphasize that it was a garbage dump, not a landfill or disposal site), built in 1990, with a service life of 20 years, was completely overloaded, with neither monitoring equipment, nor engineering facilities. Harmful substances seeped through the soil down to the aquifers.
The local authorities – local councils of Tulchyn town, villages of Kynashiv and Suvorovske, Tulchyn Rayon Council and Rayon Administration – came to a conclusion that water never flows under settled stone, and began to act simultaneously in two directions: they tried to solve the problems that could be overcome independently, but in addition, they looked for investors, donors, partners, experts in order to solve the problem competently and comprehensively. They also applied to the then existing State Fund for Local Self-Government Support and international donor organizations.
During March 1 – April 9, 2017, an online course ‘Local Development Projects Management’ was held on the web-platform of the Community of Practice for Local Development of the Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralization Support Project in Ukraine - DESPRO". Representatives of public authorities and civil society of Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts were the participants of the training implemented by the Lviv Regional Institute of Public Administration of the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine.
12:40 | 13.04.2017
Tulchyn ATC has received a gift from DESPRO
On April 11, experts from the Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralization Support Project in Ukraine - DESPRO transferred a bulldozer to the Tulchyn City Council a bulldozer.
13:00 | 11.04.2017
DESPRO Project’s know-how at advanced training courses in Kirovohrad oblast
On April 10, 2017, in Kropyvnytskyi, a presentation of the experience of the Swiss-Ukrainian project “Supporting Decentralization in Ukraine” DESPRO in terms of the development of rural communities of Ukraine and implementation of the decentralization reform took place at the Centre for Retraining and Advanced Training of employees of public authorities, local self-government bodies, public enterprises, institutions and organizations of Kirovohrad Oblast State Administration.