вівторок, 14 грудня 2010 р.

European Union and British Council start a joint project on developing partnership for good governance in Ukraine

British Council in Ukraine in partnership with the Association of NGOs “Socio-Economic Strategies and Partnerships” and NGO “Agency for Legislative Initiatives” have started implementation of the two-year project “The Citizen and the State: Developing Partnership for Good Governance in Ukraine” financed by the European Union.

Theprojectaims at increasing transparency and good governance in Ukraine, through improved policy and strategy processes at local and regional levels, and enhanced accountability and citizen engagement with elected representatives. This project will be piloted in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts with the results being widely disseminated throughout Ukraine during the second year of the project lifetime.

Christine Forrester, a Strategic Consultant of the project (UK) says: «Civil society constitutes an important element of the democratic process. It provides citizens with the opportunity to secure a variety of their interests in the decision-making process. But to operationalise effective civil society and citizen participation, we need to develop strategic and policy decision-making framework, that both indicates and enables this participation at all appropriate points.”

To achieve this, the project will pilot a Strategy and Policy Development Framework for local administrations and self-government bodies. It will be closely linked to a Citizen Participation Strategy based on the Guidelines developed by the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe Guidelines, “Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process” were adopted by the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe in November 2009.

The project will work in a number of selected rayons and cities, namely in Donetsk, Makiyivka, Krasnoarmiysk, Luhansk, Lysychansk, Severodonetsk, Alchevsk, Bryanka, Telmanivsky, Amvrosijivsky, Novoazovsky and Kreminsky rayons, as well as with the Oblast administrations in Donetsk and Luhansk. The project will engage local civil society organisations in seminars and workshops, exploring how civil society can engage more effectively. The project will also deliver workshops and seminars to appointed and elected officials, on both citizen participation and achieving effective policy processes.

Project web page: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ukraine-projects-citizen-and-state.htm

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