Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance (PULSE)

Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance (PULSE)

The Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance (PULSE) program, implemented by the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) in partnership with IREX, 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, providing information about its implementation in amalgamated communities and building sustainable engagement models for local governments, citizens, and media to promote local ownership of community resources and accountability.

Community members at a meeting in Ukraine

The Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance (PULSE) program, implemented by the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) in partnership with IREX, 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, providing information about its implementation in amalgamated communities and building sustainable engagement models for local governments, citizens, and media to promote local ownership of community resources and accountability.

Quick Facts

  • IREX has improved and established 60 local, library-based communication platforms for hosting information-sharing events and relevant conversations in participating communities and empowered local civil society and libraries as effective connectors and communicators of local developments related to decentralization reform.
  • To support long-term collaborative relationships between citizens and newly elected self-governing local authorities, IREX has fostered the establishment of 60 new Community Reform Groups in 15 oblasts of Ukraine, many of whom have been able to effectively work with their elected officials on citizen-driven initiatives to solve local problems in their communities.
  • IREX has trained 348 press officers in effective skills for communication with media outlets and equipped them with knowledge on how to create and share engaging informational posts about success stories in local decentralization efforts.
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It was very interesting and useful to learn about budget allocation in general and participatory budget as part of hromada’s budget where everything depends on a hromada’s choice. I.R. Zapotichna, Merchant, Village of Tarnavytsia (Lviv Oblast)

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
    1. Empowering local civil society and public institutions (libraries) to effectively inform and engage local communities in the process of decentralization
    2. Building and sustaining grassroots support for decentralization by identifying and supporting with training and resources a group of key influencers in each community
    3. Engaging local media to increase visibility, highlight successes, and foster further local conversations about the decentralization process
I’m glad that there is an opportunity to ask questions I’m interested in. There are a lot of people in our village who know nothing about the advantages and disadvantages of decentralization. V.V. Yur, Teacher, Village of Liubyni (Lviv Oblast)

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 establishes and supports local community reform groups, representing a mix of leaders of organizations, advocacy groups, professional associations, media, and other key influencers. The groups act as informal local leadership groups and liaise with officials to improve their communities.
  • Engaging local media to promote strategic messaging: The IREX network of libraries across Ukraine engages 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 is reaching new audiences and making sure that local self-governance reform continues to attract public attention.

Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance

I’d like to come back to my home village and work there after receiving a university degree. I believe in decentralization reform and opportunities for Ukrainian villages to provide working places for youth. Vitalii Borovskyi, City of Snovsk (Chernihiv Oblast)

Partners

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People

Katya Vogt

Global Lead for Media and Information Literacy Initiatives

Contact

Liubov Kvasiuk, lkvasiuk@irex.org