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Innovation, Information, Development. Expanding cooperation and increase the investment attractiveness of small cities of Ukraine. Stage II


In their reports on Ukraine, major international think tanks point to a low attractiveness of small towns for foreign investors. That is caused by:

  • Inadequate promotion of assets that might attract foreign investors
  • Inadequate quality of corporate customer service, judging by standards prevalent in the EU (sloppy service, no adequate support or incentive systems for investors)
  • Insufficient knowledge and skills among people in senior roles in charge of attracting investment and among staff of business support institutions
  • High corruption

In addition, Ukraine’s small towns are weak: in terms of institutions, human resources, and finances. That is why they need external support.

The project followed up on and expanded the successful 2013 one, “Innovation, Information, Development. Increasing the investment attractiveness of small towns in Ukraine’s Chernihiv Oblast.” Local circumstances and concerns identified in collaboration with Polish and Ukrainian partners pointed to a reasonable need to continue with the project – by modifying it and reaching out to a wider audience.

Innovation, Information, Development. Expanding cooperation and increase the investment attractiveness of small cities of Ukraine. Stage II


The project’s general goal was to increase the foreign investment attractiveness of at least nine small Ukrainian towns (populations of 10,000-50,000). This goal aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of public services that enhance investment attractiveness, information, and promotion for foreign investors. Over the long-term, it will increase foreign investors’ activity in the area covered by the project.

The project author envisaged the following measures:

- Project launch, a meeting of the steering committee, and a press conference

 - Hosting three training modules in Ukraine

- A study visit to Poland by Ukrainian beneficiaries. Its purpose was not only to learn Polish experience and solutions, but also to network with Polish local authorities, business support institutions, and prospective investors

- Arranging placements in Poland

- Running pilot mini-projects to increase the investment attractiveness of small Ukrainian towns

- A follow-up publication on increasing the investment attractiveness of small towns for foreign investors and on small ventures completed as part of the project

- Final conference

Innovation, Information, Development. Expanding cooperation and increase the investment attractiveness of small cities of Ukraine. Stage II


As a result of the project, representatives of 18 small western Ukrainian towns (from the central and local administration and business support institutions) improved their competencies in outreach activities and attracting investors. Local governments and organisations in Poland and Ukraine have established cooperation. Also, a publication was prepared and distributed on raising the investment attractiveness of small towns for foreign investors.