Support to Decentralisation in Ukraine 2014-2017
Promoting democracy and self-governance
As we are kicking of the year of 2015, we have several exciting co-operations to look forward to. One of them is the support to Decentralisation in Ukraine, a project that will end its inception phase during the first quarter, and reach well into its implementing stages during the year.
As an important part of the Swedish government support to Ukraine’s reform agenda, the project will support Ukraine’s comprehensive decentralisation reform under specific themes and areas and work closely with the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Municipal Economy of Ukraine.
We have experience from projects in more than 30 countries and know-how of how to adapt our approaches to different local conditions. Browse through our project database in order to see how we apply our methods and tools.
Our core areas of expertise
Our core business areas have evolved through a combination of Swedish good practice and the needs of our clients. Good and accountable local governance as well as the provision of a favorable environment for local and regional democracy are goals within all of our projects.
SALARs yearly international day was held on the 21st of January. Discussions and seminars linked to the international agenda attracted politicians or officials from municipalities, counties and regions from all over Sweden. SKL International was participating with emphasis on the SymbioCity approach (see www.symbiocity.org) and gave participants the possibility to play the computer game “The SymbioCity Game/Mayors game”(available on www.symbiocity.org ).
In January 2015 SKL International completed a study for Sida on the conditions for civil society to operate in Africa. Civil society organisations (CSOs) are an important partner in Swedish development cooperation. However, government restrictions are making it increasingly difficult for CSOs to operate effectively. Sida asked SKL International to explore the conditions for civil society in 15 African countries where Sida is active.
On November 17, the Swedish Embassy in Kyiv, the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) and SKL International officially launched the three-year project “Support to Decentralization in Ukraine” in Kyiv. The successful event was jointly hosted with partners Government of Ukraine (GoU) and attracted a broad representation of key stakeholders in decentralization reforms in Ukraine.
On November 20-21, SKL International was represented at the Livable Cities Symposium in Izmir, Turkey, to present the SymbioCity approach in a special session organized by Business Sweden. The event was attended by Turkish mayors and other central and local government representatives as well as international actors at the forefront of sustainable urban development.
Today our new finance and administration assistant Florence Mutumba started her first day. She was introduced to the team on a small welcome gathering.
“It feels great to start at SKL International. Everyone is so nice and I feel so welcomed. Looking forward to the time here”