Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance (PULSE)

Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance (PULSE)

The Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance (PULSE) program supports Ukraine’s efforts to implement a sound decentralization policy. It strengthens local governance, improves conditions for community development, and promotes stability. IREX helps the reform process by providing information about its implementation in decentralized communities and by building sustainable engagement models for local governments, citizens, and media to promote local ownership of community resources and accountability.

Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance

The Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance (PULSE) program supports Ukraine’s efforts to implement a sound decentralization policy. It strengthens local governance, improves conditions for community development, and promotes stability. IREX helps the reform process by providing information about its implementation in decentralized communities and by building sustainable engagement models for local governments, citizens, and media to promote local ownership of community resources and accountability.

Quick Facts

  • IREX is working with 23 communities in 8 oblasts of Ukraine—Khmelnytskyi, Lviv, Zakarpattya, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Volyn, Zaporizhzhia, and Sumy—to pioneer citizen engagement with local self-governments.
  • In rural communities, 25 libraries and 20 civil society organizations (CSOs) received training on how to effectively educate and engage citizens regarding decentralization issues that affect their lives.
  • During events facilitated by library and CSO partners, citizens receive answers to questions about how decentralization reform affects their schools, health care, roads and infrastructure, public services, and recreational facilities. They also learn about local budgets and resources that are available to them.    
  • IREX developed a series of materials for libraries, CSOs, and active citizens, including a hands-on manual about decentralization and a facilitator’s guide.

Goals

PULSE supports the Government of Ukraine in adopting and implementing a sound decentralization policy. The PULSE program has the following goals:

  1. Facilitating local government input into the development and implementation of decentralization legislation and policies
  2. Increasing local government financial resources and enabling their effective and efficient management
  3. Strengthening the ability of key stakeholders to carry out new roles and responsibilities that flow from decentralization reform

IREX’s activities support goal #3 in the following ways:

  • Empowering local civil society and public institutions (libraries) to effectively inform and engage local communities in the process of decentralization
  • Building and sustaining grassroots support for decentralization by identifying and supporting with training and resources a group of key influencers in each community
  • Engaging local media to increase visibility, highlight successes, and foster further local conversations about the decentralization process
This event has demonstrated that in every corner of our region there are active citizens, who understand the community’s problems and are willing to work together to solve them. L. Savkova, a participant from Hrun’, Sumy oblast

People

Katya Vogt

IREX Ukraine Country Director/Senior Development Manager

Project Activities

  • Training librarians and activists to communicate about the reform process: IREX prepares librarians and CSO activists to act as hubs for reform information and community engagement events. IREX’s small grants program enables local libraries and CSOs to conduct citizen information and engagement activities and continuously communicate progress and results to citizens.
  • Strengthening the capacity of nongovernmental stakeholders: IREX will establish and support local community reform groups, representing a mix of leaders of youth organizations, advocacy groups, professional associations, media, and other key influencers. The groups will act as informal local leadership groups and liaise with officials to improve the community.
  • Engaging local media to promote strategic messaging: IREX will add nine library press clubs to its existing Bibliomist network of 14 clubs. The expanded network will engage with local media and community reform groups to stimulate locally relevant coverage of decentralization reforms in each of Ukraine’s oblasts. By working together and mentoring local press clubs, IREX’s PULSE program will reach new audiences and make sure that local self-governance reform continues to attract public attention.

Partners

Logos for USAID and the Association of Ukrainian Cities

Contact

Katya Vogt, kvogt@irex.org