Project profile — Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance


2015-03-27 - 2021-06-20
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh


The project aims to support long-term social and economic growth and prosperity in Ukraine by improving local economic development and democratic governance in sixteen cities. The project supports the governments of selected cities in four regions of Ukraine to implement open and democratic governance models to strengthen accountability and encourage participatory decision-making processes. It also supports cities in creating prosperous business climates, developing business infrastructure, and promoting public-private partnerships for small and medium-sized businesses, with a particular focus on women entrepreneurs. It promotes and facilitates decentralization at the local, regional and national levels, and promotes local investment, trade and business development.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthened capacities of local governments in implementing an “open government” model to promote transparent and participatory decision-making; (2) enhanced local business environment to promote development of small and medium-sized enterprises, with a focus on women entrepreneurs; and (3) improved structures and capacities of governments at local, regional and national levels to collaborate and facilitate decentralization.

Results achieved 

Results achieved project as of March 2020 include: (1) all 16 project partner cities: have institutionalized the new tools and policies for open governance; have developed and are now in the process of implementing strategic plans reflecting community vision, environmental considerations and gender equality; have adopted small and medium enterprise (SME) support programs and offer services that support women’s entrepreneurship; and are actively applying new policies, procedures and tools to improve the local business climate (each partner city applied at least 3 policies, procedures or tools that explicitly address the business climate for women-owned businesses); (2) 13 project partner cities conducted round tables and workshops for women entrepreneurs or those interested in becoming an entrepreneur and seven cities supported associations of women entrepreneurs; (3) 61 institutions from all 16 partner cities provided new business services, including: seven entrepreneurship support funds, five business incubators, two business accelerators, five business service centers, three industrial or technological parks, five business clubs, and nine business associations. 55 institutions provided services that address the needs of women and 55 provided services to develop environmentally friendly businesses; (4) 8 partner cities were trained, coached, and assisted in implementing gender responsive budgeting. Along with the enhanced sex-disaggregated data collection and tracking, recommendations were prepared for municipal programs in healthcare, housing and utilities, entrepreneurship support, and childcare to ensure they meet specific needs of women and girls; (5) support was provided to the Association of Ukrainian Cities, the national coordinator for the European Charter of Equality of Women and Men in Local Life, enabling 64 Ukrainian municipalities to join and exercise the Charter, with many other cities being at the final stages of the signing process; and (6) in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the project conducted a survey of partner cities’ needs and results revealed the need for personal protective equipment, IT support in terms of software and hardware to conduct online meetings, as well as assistance in business operations continuity planning – specifically learning how to support, retain and attract businesses during the pandemic and recovery process.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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