During a two-day forum in Lviv, participants of the project, "Decentralisation in practice – we are learning from each other,” shared their experiences connected with local government reform and summed up their activities in this project.
The forum was attended by 50 people, including 38 representatives of combined municipalities from the Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi and ZaporizhiaOblasts. Local government officials presented plans of changes drawn up as part of a project co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The plans concern different areas of activities carried out by the municipalities like organising the work of schools, development of local tourism, development of agricultural cooperatives, the activities of community centres, and garbage disposal. Ukrainian consultants who specialise in decentralisation supported local government officials in the process of drawing up the plans. The meeting also served as an opportunity to discuss the possibilities of implementing these plans.
The forum’s programme included presentations by experts dedicated to education reform, health care system reform, creation of a participatory budget, communication with inhabitants and the creation of a local development agency. After short presentations, participants had the opportunity to hold direct consultations with experts as part of expert tables.
The project “Decentralisation in practice – we are learning from each other” was implemented by the Education for Democracy Foundation (Polish: Fundacja Edukacja dla Demokracji) with two partners from Ukraine: the Nasze Podole Association and the Towarzystwo Lwa Organisation. The project received co-financing in the amount of PLN 224,117 under the Polish development cooperation programme Polish Aid.