Published 22 June 2023

PROSTO: Conference ‘On the Road to Recovery: Support for liberated hromadas’ in Kyiv

On June 15 more than hundred heads and deputy heads of liberated and affected municipalities of Ukraine gathered in Kyiv for a Conference arranged by SALAR International.

Panel discussion: Vasyl Sehin, Policy Coordinator of the PROSTO Project. Lesya Didenko, Director of the Department of Implementation of Priority Projects of Regional Development and Critical Infrastructure, Ministry of Rennovation of Ukraine. Anastasia Mazurok, representative of the Rise Ukraine coalition, deputy executive director of Transparency International. Taras Dobrivskyi, executive director, All-Ukrainian Association of United Territorial Communities of Ukraine. Maksym Tkachenko, MP, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights, Deoccupation and Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories

The conference was organized by the SALAR International project PROSTO “Support to Services Accessibility in Ukraine” in a partnership with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities under the President of Ukraine. The conference brought together local government leaders, central authorities, donor community and civil society organizations to jointly discuss strategies for the recovery of Ukrainian hromadas. The panels discussed strategies concerning e.g. public service provision, restoration of educational institutions, citizen engagement, local budgets, demining efforts etc.

Furthermore, a monitoring report on 158 liberated and war-affected hromadas was presented, highlighting the humanitarian situation and the accessibility of public services. This is the third monitoring report of liberated hromadas conducted by the PROSTO project since May 2022.

The conference also announced the 5 hromadas that will receive a vehicle and mobile cases for services provision, as well the 30 hromadas that will receive equipment from the PROSTO Project to renew Administrative Service Centres operation.

Susanna Dellans Deputy Head of Reform Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine

- The Decentralisation Reform remains one of the key criteria for Ukraine's prosperity. As we have witnessed, it has been one of the crucial factors in Ukraine's resilience during the Russian aggression. We believe that the continuation of decentralisation is essential for the further development of Ukraine's democratic institutions and its path towards European integration. Sweden supports these efforts by closely collaborating with the Ukrainian government and local authorities, and we are currently anticipating a new five-year cooperation strategy from the Swedish government, says Susanna Dellans, Deputy Head of Reform Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine.

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