About EastEurope Foundation
Promote social and economic development of Ukraine by mobilizing
resources, strengthening communities, and fostering partnership of
communities, authorities, and business.
- мestablish sustainable partnership among communities,
government, business, and other stakeholders;
- enhance the capacity of local organizations by transferring them
knowledge and experience, and providing financial support;
- support the creation and dissemination of innovative development
models and facilitate cooperation among its partners.
One of the fundamental tasks is the institutional
development of our partners, which will contribute to increased
professionalism of the civil society in Ukraine. To this end, in
2015, EEF created a Leadership Academy, which aims to provide
our partners with new resources, knowledge, and skills. During
this time, we conducted numerous training activities, with
the use of the relevant methodology we helped our partners
assess the state of their organization and develop a plan for
further development, launched video lectures in the form of
short educational videos on the topics that are important for
the development of any organization, i.e. project management,
evaluation, and implementation of projects.
In 2017 and first half of 2018, we produced 5 video trainings
on important topics for NGOs promoting their institutional
development, as well as hosted seven training for our partner
organizations, including such topics as financial and project
management, time management, presentation skills, infographics,
strategic planning, etc. Under the framework of strengthening
institutional capacity, we supported 10 regional partners in
assessing the development status of their organizations and
provided recommendations regarding next steps. We also
conducted a lot of training modules for our team.
Additionally, for the third time the Foundation supported
the School of Finance for NGOs, the creation of which we have
dedicated to the memory of the EEF Financial Director Oksana Koval
Eurasia Foundation (EF) began operating in Ukraine in 1993. Since then, EF has invested more than USD 44 mln in grants, loans and technical assistance in Ukraine, more than USD 6 mln in Belarus and more than USD 4 mln in Moldova for local initiatives to develop private entrepreneurship, public policy and civil society. EF successfully supported a wide range of activities, benefiting institutions and individuals at the local level with programmatic focus on supporting civil society, private enterprise development and public administration and policy reform.
Launched in November 2007 by Eurasia Foundation, East Europe Foundation (EEF) is a local non-profit, non-governmental developmental NGO which builds on EF experience by further developing the most effective programs. EEF shares its founder’s commitment to innovation, seeking to support successful community-driven development initiatives.
In order to more effectively implement the local initiatives
programs and facilitate communities, EEF cooperates with a
network of partners: civil society leaders, NGOs, associations,
universities, research and development institutes, local
governments and communities, as well as organizations providing
technical assistance. EEF constantly seeks new partnerships to
expand and roll out its support to even more communities to
ensure their development.
For more information, please visit EEF web site www.eef.org.ua
East Europe FoundationVICTOR LIAKH
Dear friends and partners,
In 2008, 10 years ago, East Europe Foundation started its operations. Ten years have passed fast, and summing up the results of our first decade, we are sincerely proud of what we have managed to achieve. Most importantly, we have managed to achieve it together with you, our partners.
During these 10 years, the Foundation has gained recognition as a reliable and expert organization. We were working on various projects. Within this period, we have invested approximately USD 20 million into projects aimed at social and economic growth of the country. We considered that one of our main objectives is to implement projects focused on citizens, communities, local authorities, which will ultimately impact the growth of the country as a whole.
Last year was also busy and successful. We are proud of the positive changes and results on the national level that our work has already brought under the RADA, Leadership in Economic Governance, and Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services programs that we and our partners have been implementing with USAID support, and under the Electronic Governance for Government Accountability and Community Participation (EGAP) program supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Our work continues to be focused primarily on introduction of innovations and modern technologies in a social sphere, energy efficiency improvement, and involvement citizens to budget process development and monitoring on both the national and regional levels.
Our Foundation keeps growing and developing steadily. In addition to our own development, however, I now conclude that we also need to share our experience and expertise with others. To that end, we have initiated the Foundation’s Development Academy which is instrumental in providing our partners with support, with the knowledge and skills required for their institutional development.
When planning our work for the next year, I believe that we should aim at extending our programs and projects to new regions and communities, consolidating our achievements, finding new partners and supporters.
I am sincerely grateful to our partners – international donor organizations, government, local authorities, nongovernmental organizations, private companies and universities – for the support they have been providing. I do hope that next year we will have more supporters and partners with whom we will be able to accomplish even more for our country. Please join our efforts!
East Europe Foundation
East Europe FoundationBoard members
East Europe Foundation
and Museum Complex
WILLIAM b. TAYLOR, jr.
Vice President for the
Middle East and Africa
at the United States
Institute of Peace
President of Kyiv-Mohyla
Director of Citizen
Engagement and Governance,
PwC Ukraine Country
Editor of the UkraineAlert
(publication of the Atlantic Council)
Kyiv City Council Deputy,
Entrepreneur, Owner of
the chain of restaurants
President at Be-it Agency
Co-Founder at Ukraine
Crisis Media Center
Eastern Europe Group
Mr. MORGAN WILLIAMS
President/CEO of the U.S.-
Ukraine Business Council
Ms. SANDRA WILLETT
East Europe FoundationPROGRAMS
East Europe Foundation aims to ensure the sustainable
development of communities across Ukraine, so its programs
strike a balance of social, economic, and environmental initiatives.
EEF Programs in 2017-2018:
• Economic Development;
• Social Development;
• Good Governance and Civil Society Development;
• Energy Efficiency and the Environment.
The Economic Development Program
Aims to launch innovative solutions to improve communities’ capacity and promote their economic growth by way of strengthening partnerships among the public sector, business, and local authorities
Social Entrepreneurship as an Innovative Tool of Addressing Social Development Issues Project (2016-2019)
IN 2017-2018 :
- Based on the competition results, youth organizations received grants to conduct two study tours on social entrepreneurship and civic activism for youngsters from the eastern regions. Youth organization “STAN” received funding of UAH 149 960 to organize a study tour on social entrepreneurship to Lviv for a group of young people, mainly from among the IDPs from Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, and Odesa oblasts. “City Institute” NGO received UAH 125 876 to arrange a study tour for a group of 40 young people, who raised awareness about life and work in the west part of the country.
- Equipment was purchased and facilities were repaired to ensure operation of Kramatorsk Innovation Platform for social entrepreneurship development which was created on the basis of NGO “Vilna Khata”.
- English language courses, web-design courses, trainings on entrepreneurial thinking development were arranged for local residents at three schools of Donetsk oblast.
- A one-week working visit was organized for social entrepreneurs from Berlin to Donetsk oblast, in addition, 14 social entrepreneurs and participants of trainings from eastern regions of Ukraine visited Berlin as part of a study visit.
- A study tour of school entrepreneurship experts from Germany to Kramatorsk was arranged. Within the framework of this study tour meetings with government authorities, teachers and students were conducted.
- About 80 representatives from NGOs, business, donor organizations and media took part in workshops, discussions and networking activities during the social entrepreneurship conference in Kramatorsk.
- Social entrepreneurship summer camp was held in Sviatohirsk for 20 kids from the east of Ukraine.
- 14 trainers in social entrepreneurship, who have been selected on a competitive basis and completed an 8-month course for trainers, were certified. They held trainings for 35 social entrepreneurs.
- Support provided to a social entrepreneurship hackathon in Odessa in partnership with the Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum.
Local System Development Program
In September 2018 EEF and partners launched an innovative program for development of amalgamated territorial communities’ (ATC) capacity to manage land resources and attract investments. The Program is run within the framework of USAID Agriculture and Rural Development Support Project by EEF in partnership with LLC “BlomInfo-Ukraine”, NGO “DESPRO” and Kyiv Economic Institute. The objectives of the program being implemented in the years of 2018-2019 include: efficient management of land and other resources within the ITC on the basis of GIS technologies, development of ATC’s capacity to form development projects for attracting investments and considering interests of local authorities, business and non-public sector on the basis of cooperation and partnership. Program pilot regions include Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson oblasts.
WHAT WILL BE DONE IN 2018-2019:
- Selection of at least 65 ATCs for training and delivering support in efficient management of land resources, developing capacity to make strategic decisions and attract investments.
- Training pilot ATCs to work with data, to manage land resources with the use of GIS and to develop investment proposals.
- Selection of at least 10 ATCs to develop a comprehensive plan of ATC land management and at least 2 investment projects.
- Establishment of ATC’s geographic information databases on ArcGIS online platform: ATC will receive complete information as to available land and other resources.
- Development of a cartographic base and e-map of an ATC with illustration of layers of data on boundaries of a community and settlements, boundaries of areas of rural/village councils; buildings, lands of nature reserve fund and other environmental-protection purposes, lands of health, recreational, historic-and-cultural purposes, lands of forest fund, water fund and waterside protection strips, limitations on the use of lands and their regime-making objects.
- Development of economic profiles for 10 selected ATCs – analysis and assessment of the actual state of community’s area development
The Social Development Program
aims to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations, including the elderly disadvantaged individuals, people with disabilities, and vulnerable youth groups by providing access to quality services and protecting their rights.
Community Centers for Senior Citizens Project
This Project supports local initiatives to create centers for single vulnerable seniors and provide them with quality social services. These centers are a place where single elderly people can communicate, engage in their favorite activities or hobbies, participate in the numerous interest groups, and learn new skills. The Project also provides opportunities to train personnel, necessary equipment for such centers, and involve both public and private legal, cultural and social institutions.
Ecology and the Environment Program
stimulates introduction of environmentally friendly technologies among the Ukrainian communities by way of installing up-to-date equipment, disseminating innovative solutions, and informing about environmentally friendly practices.
“Improvement of Microclimate and Energy Efficiency Indicators at Child Health Center and Hospital “OHMATDYT” in Lviv for and Kindergarten for 190 Children in the city of Kamianka-Buzka” Project
The Project aims to ensure comfortable conditions for children and their parents to stay at the establishments through implementation of energy efficient measures in the premises of the hospital and health center “OHMATDYT” in Lviv oblast and kindergarten No. 5 “Dzvinochok” in the city of Kamianka-Buzka as well as motivate to implement steps to reduce energy use through advocacy campaigns and relevant training of children, parents and personnel at these establishments.
Annually, more than 65 000 kids are provided with health care services at “OHMATDYT” in Lviv. Currently, the building is in need of energy modernization. Parents take up to 190 kids to the kindergarten “Dzvinochok” in Kamianka-Buzka every day. The building and the heating facility also require modernization.
WHAT WILL BE DONE:
OHMATDYT in Lviv:
- Heat insulation of external walls at the 5th-floor level;
- Installation of a heat pump to ensure hot water supply to the main building
- Heat insulation of an attic ceiling;
- Organization of separate district heating substations at the main building and in the policlinic.
Kindergartens No. 4 and 5, Kamianka-Buzka:
- Modernization of the heating facility and district heating system of kindergartens No. 4 and No. 5;
- Thermorenovation of kindergarten No. 5 premises.
Additional important activity of the project will be raising awareness about importance of implementing energy efficiency measures. Advocacy campaigns among children under treatment, their parents as well as doctors, will constitute an essential component of the project. Activities conducted within the framework of campaigns are aimed to promote responsible use of energy resources and to motivate introduction of practical skills and steps towards energy saving in a real life. The Project is implemented by EEF and the NGO “ChildFund Deutchland” with the support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany.
Project “Launching of energy efficiency information platform and complex renovation of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Building” (2018-2019)
The goal of the project funded by GIZ is to promote energy efficiency growth in Ukraine by raising public awareness as to the situation in the energy efficiency sphere and implementing demonstrative measures on energy efficiency enhancement at the building of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine.
IN THE YEARS OF 2018-2019:
- an Internet platform dedicated to energy efficiency issues containing information on the actual situation in this sphere, the latest amendments to the legislation, various activities and valuable contacts will be developed. Functionality of the platform will enable its users to exchange information and best practices. The main specific feature will be a search knowledge base containing examples of proper energy efficiency practices, information about positive and negative experience of energy efficient activities implementation as well as ongoing and anticipated projects in the sphere of energy efficiency.
- Implementation of measures on energy efficiency enhancement at the building of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine will enable to demonstrate practical use of such measures and raise public attention to information published at new platform. Implementation of the demonstration project will also enable to strengthen opportunities of other national institutions to manage their premises efficiently.
Municipal Partnerships for Energy Efficiency in Sambir and Zhovkva Project
The project (2015-2017) aims to help the cities of Sambir and Zhovkva to modernize municipal infrastructure and provide comprehensive expert and information support, which will significantly improve their energy efficiency and reduce energy dependence. A joint project of East Europe Foundation, Zhovkva and Sambir city councils is funded by the European Union and became the winner of the call for proposals of the EU Program «Covenant of Mayors – Demonstration Projects» (CoM-DeP).
Street lighting system was modernized in the city of Sambir:
- About 28% of the total network of street lighting and 45% of lighting devices replaced. In particular, more than 25 km of electrical network on the line with a self-supporting insulated wire replaced, the old lamps replaced with new LEDs with less power. In addition, 10 street lighting power boards were replaced with street lightning control cabinets, a system for monitoring and controlling technological facilities of public lightning was implemented, four systems of autonomous lightning at pedestrian crossings with the use of solar energy were installed.
IN THE YEARS OF 2016-2017:
- 800 meters of the heating network were constructed, boiler facility was reequipped for renewable energy, four automated systems with regulation of heat stream based on weather conditions were installed (district heating substations) for three communal ownership facilities and one multistoried house, verification was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions.
- The engineering staff was trained on how to maintain the modernized infrastructure, and the representatives of the state and local authorities received the necessary information regarding increased energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy;
- A business plan to create a network of biomass suppliers for boiler facilities in Zhovkva was developed.
- The decorative lighting with the use of LED lamps was installed in the historic sites of the ancient city center.
- Awareness-raising activities for the population on the importance of energy conservation were conducted.
- Also, based on the local competitions results, the cities selected the schools where in demonstration classes which were fully equipped by the project, the students are now learning learn and test the benefits of energy efficient technologies. In particular, the schools of Sambir and Zhovkva presented a demonstration system of renewable energy sources – solar photovoltaic module with wind turbines as well as other energy saving materials and technologies that can be applied in practice.
Effective Governance and Civil Society Development Programpromotes increased accountability and transparency of local governance in order to ensure sustainable community development and provide effective services by assisting local governments in designing and implementing local reforms, involving civil society organizations in the public-making process, and introducing e-governance.
Open City Project: increasing citizen participation in local development
The Project introduces innovative mechanisms for citizens’ engagement in addressing local community challenges, establishes effective cooperation between the citizens and local authorities, helps the citizens to stay together in resolving crucial issues for the community. The created web-platform www.opencity.in.ua allows citizens to raise, observe and describe specific problems in their communities. The messages are forwarded to the appropriate department of the City Council. Users can track the status of their requests, as well as the steps taken to fix the problem. East Europe Foundation’s partners – NGOs from the pilot cities – work together to promote effective cooperation with local authorities, moderate the use of resources in their oblasts, inform and teach citizens to use the system, and coordinate local initiatives to resolve problems through self-organized groups of citizens.
- As of September 2018, more than 60 cities and amalgamated territorial communities (ATCs) have joined the project.
- On average, about 12,000 registered platform users add weekly about 80-100 problems which need to be solved both by local authorities and by self-organization of citizens.
- The Association of Open Cities was created, and already 17 Ukrainian cities are active participants of the Association.
East Europe Foundation will further foster the Association’s institutional development and accomplishment of its major tasks and objectives, which include facilitation of new communication technologies for local authorities and citizens, design and development of innovative mechanisms of e-governance projects financing, promotion of mutual use of the Open City Interactive Platform by all Association members.
- Open Government Partnership Initiative recommends dissemination and replication of the Project among other Ukrainian cities.
- Currently the platform offers three services: «problems and solutions» (interaction between citizens and local governments to address community problems), «official information» (created for the authorities to disseminate official information) and «useful objects» (here the residents can mark useful facilities for community). Moreover, there was created a category “City Open Data” (a possibility to mark location and registration data of small architectural forms, outdoor advertising media, communal ownership facilities, land plots and other similar objects).
# ABOUT 150 COMMUNITIES USE SERVICES AND PRODUCTS DEVELOPED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF OUR PROGRAMS – FOR EXAMPLE, THE UNIFIED SYSTEM OF LOCAL E-PETITIONS, OPEN CITY AND PUBLIC BUDGET PLATFORMS.
Public Budgets from A to Z: Greater Civil Society Awareness, Access and Participation Project
The Project which is being implemented by East Europe Foundation and PAUCI Foundation with the support of the European Union in 2016-2018 is tasked to involve citizens, media, and civil society organizations in monitoring of public finances and drawing up the state and local budgets. The Project aims to enhance the capacity of civil society organizations in monitoring the transparency and proper use of public financing and state and local budgets development as well as improve the awareness and involvement of the general public in budget processes in the country. The Project conducts analytical studies and develops recommendations for local authorities and the Government of Ukraine on how to improve budget process transparency and involve the general population, hosts activities to increase the expertise of NGOs in the field of public finance and prepare innovative IT solutions for ensuring citizen awareness and engagement. The Project also works with journalists and mass media to jointly plan and run information campaigns to communicate comprehensive economic information to the general public in a clear and easy-to-understand manner.
IN 2017-2018 WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PROJECT:
- Trainers who had been trained at the School of Budget Literacy during the first year of the project, have already conducted 16 trainings dedicated to budget issues in 12 cities of Ukraine. More than 300 local activists, representatives from NGOs and media participated.
Winners of the grant competition to conduct advocacy campaigns aimed at increasing budget transparency, attracting and encouraging participation of citizens in the budget process, developing best practices for ensuring accountability of public finances:
- Rivne Oblast Organization of All-Ukrainian Organization «Civil Network OPORA»
- Charity organization “Network 100% life” Rivne
- Civil organization “Civil Initiative of Luhansk oblast”
- Civil organization “Mykolaiv Development Foundation”
- Civil organization “Center “Dobrochyn”
- Civil organization «Luhansk Oblast Solidarity Organization”
- Civil organization «Ecoclub»
- Civil organization «Institute for Gender Transformations»
- Kharkiv regional public organization «Association of Private Employers”
- Civil organization «Agency of local economic development of Yavoriv region”
Winners of the grant competition to conduct information campaigns:
- Khmilnyk raion civil organization «PRAVO»
- Public organization «Bureau of Policy Analysis»
- Association « Rivneinform Agency»
- Public organization «Cultural dialog».
Based on the results of implementation of 13 projects within the scope of grant program, partners have successfully conducted 9 advocacy and 4 information campaigns in Rivne, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, Khmelnytskyi, Poltava, Kharkiv, Lviv, Vinnytsia and Sumy oblasts. Also, within the framework of the project, there were created and disseminated 15 promo videos dedicated to budgeting issues.
- The expert group led by Odesa Regional Organization «Committee of Voters of Ukraine», which is also the coordinator of the public partnership «For transparent local budgets! », considering best international and national practices developed the Methodology for Assessing Local Budgets Transparency in cooperation with the experts of the Association of Ukrainian Cities and National Academy of Public Administration. The methodology helps local authorities to implement solutions and practices of budget transparency and citizen engagement to participation in budgeting processes at a local level.
- Special resource http://tlb.in.ua was created which can already be used by cities and amalgamated territorial communities to conduct self-assessment under the Methodology criteria. The resource contains an assessment form with guidelines which can be filled in by experts, employees of financial units at local authorities, public activists, to obtain automatic visualization of transparency level results for local budgets.
- Jointly with the consortium of partners, there was conducted local budgets transparency assessment of 25 oblast level cities, 9 cities in Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnytsia, Poltava and Zaporizhzhia oblasts and 50 amalgamated territorial communities. Assessments results are published at http://tlb.in.ua.
- There was developed a knowledge data base “Everything about budgets from A to Z” http://budgetaz.in.ua/uk. This resource was created for those who are interested in the issues of formation, execution and monitoring of local and national budget funds use. The knowledge data base is updated on the basis of crowdsourcing.
- Within the framework of the project, 9 grants were awarded to conduct advocacy campaigns and 4 grants were awarded to conduct information campaigns aimed at increasing budget transparency and involving citizens in the budget process.
USAID RADA Program: Responsible, Accountable and Democratic Assembly (2013-2018)
Commencing late 2013, East Europe Foundation in cooperation with Internews Ukraine, the Laboratory for Legislative Initiative and Civil Society “OPORA” are implementing the USAID RADA Program, which tasks to promote an accountable, responsible and democratic assembly – the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
The Program aims to support the Members of Parliament (MPs) in their efforts to set up effective collaboration with their electorate and improve the quality of exercising their representative powers. Another important Program’s objective is to promote the initiatives of civic education and civil society monitoring of both the Verkhovna Rada and the MPs in order to increase their accountability to the electorate. The USAID RADA Program also assists in facilitating the making of an independent legislative branch within the state authorities’ system of Ukraine by increasing the efficiency of the existing parliamentary procedures and supporting introduction of parliamentary reform.
The Program’s priority areas include more effective involvement of citizens in the legislative process through the implementation of efficient tools for communication, information, and service provision to citizens. Moreover, the USAID RADA Program is also actively working to expand citizens’ participation in the monitoring of the Parliament operation and improving the effectiveness of an independent parliamentary oversight over the executive branch.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE YEARS OF 2017-2018:
- Youth Parliamentary Internship Program was institutionalized and transferred to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for further funding and administration. On December 7, 2017 Resolution No. 6596 “On certain issues of implementation of Article 48 of the Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service”, was adopted. The resolution envisages providing of 30 educational grants for Internship Program participants on an annual basis. The USAID RADA Program has conducted advocacy work to institutionalize the Program in the Parliament and adopt relevant amendments to the legislation.
- The Portal for Public Discussion of Draft Laws and the Portal of E-Petitions launched on the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine web-site. These instruments were developed under the support of the USAID RADA Program and upon the initiative of the Department of Computerized Systems at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. These services are part of the Citizen E-Cabinet which is being developed and are aimed to increase the level of citizens’ engagement to the law-making process. All the products developed under the USAID RADA Program are included to the Strategy of E-Parliament until the year of 2020 which has been elaborated with the active involvement of the RADA Program and signed by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in July 2018.
- Various activities with the involvement of regional mass-media, including assistance in organization of a reporting press-conference for the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, help regional journalists get acquainted with the functioning of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine were conducted.
- Annual Info Fair is an initiative established within the framework of the Program to present MPs and employees of the Verkhovna Rada Secretariat resources and opportunities of civil society organizations and technical assistance projects who work to support the Parliament. Annually, about 50 organizations take part in the Info Fair. The event is held with the involvement of leaders of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, MPs, USAID, heads of the Verkhovna Rada structural units. In 2018, this initiative became one of the effective tools for enhancing interaction between the Parliament and civil society. The Program has transferred the methodology for organization of this event to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and this year the Info Fair has become the first one to be held using the resources of the Verkhovna Rada with the support of the Program.
- Within the scope of the USAID RADA Program Training Center, there was elaborated and transferred to the Parliament the methodology and content for conducting trainings for MPs and their teams, employees of the Verkhovna Rada and civil organizations. Only last year about twenty training events were held, including trainings on reporting, drafting MPs’ requests and appeals, regarding some issues of the Regulations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, on effective communications and cybersecurity, policy analysis.
- There was developed an presented a wide range of tools and educational materials (films, video blogs, webinars, manuals – http://radaprogram.oorg/educational) for MPs and their teams, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine personnel, civil society, educational establishments, citizens and media, aimed to increase the level of credibility and cooperation between the Parliament and the electorate.
For more information about the Program, please visit www.radaprogram.org.
USAID Leadership in Economic Governance Program (2014-2018)
Since late 2014, East Europe Foundation in cooperation with the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting and Kyiv Economic Institute have started implementing the USAID Leadership in Economic Governance (LEV) Program.
The USAID LEV Program aims to improve the business climate by implementing significant and sustainable reforms in SME sector both at the national and local levels. The Project’s target regions include Vinnytsia, Kyiv, Lviv, Ternopil, and Kherson oblasts. The LEV Program offers a unique opportunity to join the efforts of active and reform-oriented representatives of private, civil, and government sectors.
The Program works to identify administrative and regulatory measures which could help overcome barriers to SME development. Further on, the USAID LEV Program supports drafting and implementation of effective laws and regulations, assists in developing the business environment, and establishing effective and sustainable dialogue between the private and public sectors.
MAJOR PROGRAM ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2017 INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- The second Annual Business Climate Assessment (ABCA) was held, which allows monitoring of changes occurring in the business environment. ABCA is an instrument for identifying barriers to small and medium-sized businesses, creating a list of priority economic, legal and regulatory measures (reforms) to improve the business environment in Ukraine.
- Elaboration of regional strategies for the development of small and medium enterprises in Vinnytsia, Kyiv, Lviv, Ternopil, Kherson and Cherkassy regions were developed. Appropriate strategies have already been formally adopted and are being prepared for implementation.
- Together with partners of public sector, business community and line ministries, there have been developed 18 bills on relevant issues for the SME sector development, including the Law «On Amendments to some Laws of Ukraine on the elimination of administrative barriers to the export of services», the Law «On Amendments and additions to certain legislative acts on elimination of administrative barriers in the sphere of foreign economic activity (in order to create conditions for increasing the export of Ukrainian enterprises), of a permissive nature through broadening he sphere of declarative principle application.
- The program has formed and provided institutional support to a network of 11 partner public organizations.
For more information about the Program, please visit www.lev.org.ua.
The E-Governance for Accountability and Participation (EGAP) Program (2015-2019)
The Program aims to strengthen good governance, modern public service delivery and social innovations in Ukraine using new information communication technologies (ICTs) use new information communication technologies (ICTs) as enablers. The EGAP Program funded by the Swiss Confederation is implemented by East Europe Foundation, InnovaBridge Foundation, the State Agency on E-Governance in consortium with the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine. In cooperation with the public authorities, civil society organizations, and the citizens of Ukraine, the EGAP Program tasks to:
- shape and mainstream good e-governance standards and innovative practices to ensure citizens’ improved access to information and more efficient public services;
- increase public authorities’ capacity to use ICTs for improved accountability and transparency;
- strengthen the role of civil society organizations in advocating, mobilizing, and promoting e-democracy to ensure citizens’ pro-active participation in regional and local decision-making processes;
- promote inclusive national policy dialogue on e-governance and e-democracy issues where the regional needs are factored in.
AMONG THE MAJOR PROGRAM ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE YEARS OF 2017-2018:
- Development of a design code of state web-resources and development of the first prototype – redesigned Government portal kmu.gov.ua. The web-site design.gov.ua contains practical guidelines for designers, developers and testers, content editors, web-site managers. The unified design code is aimed to define unified standards for public authorities’ web-sites and assist with the development of available and simple public web-services.
- Launch of the portal specialized career web-portal which ensures transparency of the competition to occupy civil service job positions. More than 850 competitions were conducted with 22000 applications.
- The Program pursued development and implementation of e-services together with relevant ministries and the State Agency on E-Governance. As of September 2018, 300,000 citizens have already used e-services developed within the Program: submission of documents to receive a housing subsidy and childbirth financial assistance online, criminal record certificate, online business registration, changes to information about an entrepreneur and entrepreneurial activity termination, verification of invalid and lost passports.
The algorithm of e-services development within the Program requires definition of the most prioritized spheres for citizens, analysis and simplification of all processes and activities to deliver a service, comply with regulatory documents, develop and implement a corresponding technical solution, inform and popularize a new e-service, support of service functioning upon its launch.
#MILLIONS OF KILOMETERS ON THE ROAD: WITHIN THE SCOPE OF OUR ACTIVITIES WE HAVE VISITED EVERY THIRD SETTLEMENT IN OUR COUNTRY.
16 mobile Administrative Services Centers in a “suitcase” containing a laptop with a sensor display, a reading device for passport ID-cards, a printer, a mouse, additional source of power, 3G-modem have been delivered within the scope of the Program to regional centers in 4 oblasts to enable delivery of services to citizens at the places of their residence. So now all those who are not available to visit Centers by themselves may benefit from the service at the place of their residence.
A special constructor of web-sites for amalgamated territorial communities was developed: the platform gives an opportunity to create a web-site of the community which meets the requirements of the state design code within one day without any specific programming skills. Currently, the web-site builder is piloted in Dnipropetrovsk oblast where 48 web-sites for communities have already been developed.
Also, in order to ensure sustainable growth of communities, in partnership with DESPRO GIS-systems for inventory and accounting of assets of territorial communities were created.
The system allows to map information about land plots, communications, woodlands, purposes of territories, buildings and any other facilities.
Within the scope of Program activities, about 1000 civil servants, Administrative Services Centers administrators, teachers, the elderly, journalists, representatives of NGOs have improved their knowledge and skills in the sphere of information technologies use through e-democracy tools.
For more information about the Program, please visit www.egap.in.ua.
Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services Program
Together with Eurasia Foundation and other leading organizations EEF is participating in implementation of USAID/UKAID Program, designed to fight corruption in the key services and public administration fields as well as build trust of Ukrainians to the Government based on the principles of transparency, accountability, and improved quality of services. This support aims to reinforce tangible and successful reforms in public administration and services and eradicate corruption in such key areas as e-procurement, open data, and e-services. Under the Program framework, the Foundation is working on open data and e-services components.
MAJOR PROGRAM ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2017-2018 INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- The second national contest of IT-projects Open Data Challenge with a prize fund of 2 500 000 UAH and 190 teams from 27 Ukrainian cities was held. The purpose of the competition is to provide developers, entrepreneurs, designers, researchers and community activists with the opportunity to use open data for developing services and products that will help solve the problems of Ukrainian society.
- For the first time in Ukraine, there were analyzed and converted into CSV and machine-readable formats 20 state classifiers which are at the disposal of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ministry of Social Policy and Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine.
- There was developed and launched the E-Cabinet of Transporter – an e-tool that allows everyone working in transport, benefit from services of Ukrtransbezpeka in a convenient mannermake licensing process more easy and transparent.
- New e-service for online registration of a firefighting activity license anywhere in Ukraine was launched. The e-service became available on the updated Government portal kmu.gov.ua in the section “E-Services” as well as on the Portal of E-services of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine e-services.dsns.gov.ua. Except for the e-service itself, the register of licensees is also available on the Portal of E-services of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. It allows to find data on the entity holding a firefighting activity license, and verify the list of licensed works.
For more information about the Program, please visit www.tapas.org.ua.