Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralization Support Project DESPRO

is an international assistance project working in the reform of local self-governance (or "decentralization") in Ukraine. DESPRO is funded by the Swiss Confederation via the Swiss Cooperation Office and implemented by Skat - Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development.


Project mission

Support of local self-governance reform in Ukraine. 

Advancement of local self-government development through optimisation of governance and support of effective local development in Ukraine.


Key activities

Support of the local self-governance reform

DESPRO supports key national institutions in decentralization policy development, and provides expert and communication support for the reform


Public services development 

DESPRO supports the development of decentralized public services (water supply, waste water treatment, municipal waste management) and financial mechanisms in communities 


Knowledge management and capacity building 

DESPRO implements projects of comprehensive theoretical and practical online and offline learning for local self-governance: Community of Practice: Sustainable Development, and Local Self-Governance School


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