UKRAINE MUNICIPAL LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (UMLED)

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The goal of theUKRAINE MUNICIPAL LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM(UMLED) is to improve economic opportunities for Ukrainians in a strengthened democracy through inclusive and effective local governments that meet the needs of their citizens and their business communities with support from strengthened enabling institutions. The program began in January 2010 and will be completed by December 2014.

IMPLEMENTING AGENCY AND DONOR

UMLED Program is implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal governments in Canada since 1901. FCM is dedicated to improving the quality of life and sustainability of local communities by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government. It is a membership based organization that includes more than 1,800 municipal governments which represent over 90% of Canada’s population. For almost two decades, FCM has delivered international programs to support partnerships and exchanges between municipal governments in Canada and developing countries.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is the principal vehicle of Canada’s official development assistance around the world, committed to supporting sustainable development, reducing poverty and providing humanitarian assistance in order to promote a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.

PARTNERS AND GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE

FCM will implement UMLED on national level in partnership with the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry for Regional Development, Construction and Housing of Ukraine and the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC). At the regional and municipal level, UMLED will provide technical assistance to improve planning and support for the delivery of services that foster and support economic growth in thirteen (13) cities in two Ukrainian oblasts (Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk), either directly or through partnerships. UMLED’s municipal partners in Ukraine include Lviv, Chervonograd, Stryi, Drogobych as well as Novyi Rozdil – Zhydachiv – Mykolaiv as an economic cluster in Lviv Oblast; and Dnipropetrovsk, Nikopol, Kryvyi Rih and an economic cluster of Pavlograd – Pershotravensk – Ternivka in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

PURPOSE AND ACTIVITIES

The purpose of the UMLED program is to contribute to improved planning and delivery of services that foster and support economic growth and development in partner municipalities, with the collaboration of selected enabling institutions that will support the achievement and dissemination of results.

To achieve this purpose, the UMLED seeks to:

     ?Provide technical support to partner cities in effective developing, funding and implementing local economic development strategic plans.This will be accomplished through the development of a methodology for local economic development planning, development of a guide to support economic development strategic planning at the local level, training for local governments, civil sector and business community in terms of elaboration and implementation of medium-term economic development plans in partner municipalities.

     ?Strengthen the coordination and support for implementation of decentralization and local government reforms for economic growth and development among all orders of government including national ministries, sub-national administrations and the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC).In both strategic regions the program will organize intergovernmental and other stakeholder forums which will serve as a platform for communication and exchange of experiences between stakeholders to develop and implement measures that will encourage economic growth of partner cities.

     ?Increase the capacity of the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) to improve services it provides to its members in the area of local economic development and in fostering women’s economic and political participation.Through the partnership with AUC, initiatives will be designed to address key capacity challenges in local government sector. This strategic partnership will lead to the creation of innovative performance measurement tools, capacity building mechanisms and the dissemination of best practices in the delivery of municipal services. Canadian expertise and best practices will be showcased and serve as a guide in strengthening AUC capacity in new policies and programs.

PROGRAM DELIVERY MECHANISMS

The program will utilize six program delivery mechanisms to fulfill its objectives, including:

   ?Municipal Peer-to-Peer Exchanges.Canadian and Ukrainian local government practitioners come together to work on concrete issues faced by municipalities through a “learning by doing” approach.

   ?Canadian Consultants and Ukrainian Local Service Providers Engagement.Volunteer Canadian municipal practitioners, direct assistance from FCM personnel and Canadian consultants specialized in municipal development areas together with Ukrainian organizations and consultants will provide technical assistance to municipalities on selected themes.

   ?Study Tours to Canada.Thematically-focused study visits to Canadian municipalities and ministries responsible for municipal affairs will be organized so that Ukrainian partners will better understand and consider elements of Canadian models so that they could be adapted to the Ukrainian context.

   ?Inter-Municipal Exchanges in Europe.Work and study visits for representative of partner cities to cities in neighboring countries that have undertaken similar reforms in recent years will also be organized with an aim to learn municipal models, approaches and experiences of European countries.

   ?Infrastructure and equipment for partner cities.Technical and financial support to partner cities for equipment and infrastructure will be provided on a co-sharing cost basis in order to enhance the effect of demonstration projects.

 

EXPECTED RESULTS

   ?Partner cities in Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk regions will have developed, updated and/or implemented their evidence-based medium-term strategic economic development plans in preparing their annual capital and operating plans.

   ?New models for generating revenue and seeking alternative funding mechanisms are integrated into economic plans.

   ?New, transparent, accountable and effective models that address local priorities are integrated into strategic economic development plans to further reforms that enable local economic development and improve the overall business climate.

   ?New coordination mechanisms will be created which involve oblast administrations and local governments in formulating and implementing local economic development initiatives in partner cities in Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts.

   ?Participation by local governments with national government will be expanded in the formulation of local economic development related national policies and programs.

   ?Consensus will be reached among levels of government regarding roles, responsibilities, management processes and tools for implementing local economic development policy and programs.

   ?Through cooperation with the program, AUC will have adopted more effective project replication and best practices dissemination strategies. Service delivery models from partner cities will be documented and disseminated to a broader range of cities through peer support. Best practices will also include specific progress in areas such as gender equality and environmental sustainability.

   ?Gender equality measures will be integrated into all program components in addition to specific efforts which seek to increase women’s economic and political participation. AUC will adopt a gender-sensitive approach in its governance, services to members and resource allocation framework.

 

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