Community Based Approach to Local Development
Wednesday, 22 October 2008

First Local Development Forum in Ivano-Frankivska oblast

On 16 October 20008 in Rohatynsky rayon Ivano-Frankivska oblast the first rayon Local Development Forum (LDF) was held in the framework of the Community Based Approach to Local Development (CBA) Project. It was aimed at getting help in the Project implementation, creation of conditions for sustainable development principles realization in the rayon and more active attraction of population, representatives of institutions, agencies, and business organizations to carry out dialogues with local authorities. In long-term perspective regular meetings of Local Development Forums favour elaboration of transparent and effective mechanisms of planning on the local level and participation of citizens in management.

Rohatysky rayon LDF Steering committee was organized in September 2008, when the body of the Steering committee and LDF regulations were also approved.

At the first LDF meeting community organizations leaders reported about plans of community development and activities completed in the framework of the CBA Project implementation. The Forum admitted communities’ active attitude and proved priority problems chosen by communities for funding by local authorities and the CBA Project.

At the same time, on the assumption of newly formed community organizations needs the Forum decided that corresponding Rayon state administration and rayon council departments should assist communities in placing announcement about tender conducting to select organization that will work; in detailed examination of chosen by the community objects; in making corresponding protocols and expert findings; and in providing help to work out technical drawings and cost estimation. 

Similar Local Development Forums are expected to be held in 200 pilot rayons at least once per quarter. Main functions of the Forum are as follows:

·          To coordinate the Project implementation on rayon level;

·          To present development strategy and plans of communities and of the rayon;

·          To coordinate community development plans with rayon development plans;

·          To distinguish priorities of the rayon development;

·          To discuss and solve problems that araise in the process of the Project implementation;

To elaborate plans with technical and financial resources attraction for communities’ initiatives realization.