Community Based Approach to Local Development
Tuesday, 04 December 2007

Launching Conference

"Ukrainian House" Business and Cultural Cooperation Centre
2 Khreshchatyk St., Kyiv
4 December, 2007
10:00 – 18:00

Conference goal

The Launching Conference is organized to present the concept of the Project and discuss key aspects of its implementation with national and local partners, and international donor community. The Conference will initiate a long-term cooperation between the central and local state bodies, local authorities and self-governing community organizations in the Project’s frameworks. The Conference is aimed at establishing the basis for further Project actions at the local level.

Panel session

Representatives of the Ukrainian Government, the central state bodies, the European Commission and the UN Development Programme are expected to speak at the panel session. The participants of the Conference will get an opportunity to find out more about the concept and methodology of the Project, the European Union regional policy frameworks, the European Commission’s strategy on regional and local development in Ukraine, and the experience of some of the Ukrainian regions in implementation of projects on development of local initiatives and social activities of communities.

After the panel session, the participants will be invited to take part in thematic workshops concerning specific issues of Project implementation at the local level.

Thematic workshops

The representatives of the European Commission, the UN Development Programme, and the Project experts will present a detailed methodology of the Project, stages of its implementation, working schedule of Project activities to be undertaken at oblast and rayon levels. During the thematic workshops the representatives of local state bodies will discuss the following aspects of project implementation:

  • The procedure of Project presentation at oblast and rayon levels;
  • Terms and conditions of partnership between the UNDP and local state administrations in the framework of the Project (responsibilities, coordination mechanisms, status of regional units responsible for project implementation, involvement of OSA and RSA experts into project implementation);
  • Criteria and procedures of selection of target rayons and communities participating in the Project;
  • Project coordination at oblast and rayon levels: oblast coordination councils, community resource centres, “local development forum” concept;
  • Possible mechanisms of co-financing initiatives of participating communities;
  • Ensuring further sustainability of Project results.