Project profile — Expert Deployment for Governance and Economic Growth


2014-11-10 - 2019-07-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh


This project assists Ukraine's national and sub-national governments to develop and implement transitional and long-term governance and economic reforms in a more inclusive and transparent way, meeting the needs of Ukrainian citizens. It shares Canadian and international expertise in these areas with Ukrainian officials and citizens through a permanent team of advisors as well as the mobilization of other experts as needed. Activities include: (1) assisting Ukrainian officials and stakeholders to develop and implement transparency and anti-corruption policies and programming; (2) coaching officials at the national and sub-national level to plan, coordinate and implement reform plans in priority sectors; (3) training officials to create and manage tools and processes to sustain change management; and (4) coaching representatives from governments and civil society organizations to promote citizens’ participation in public decision making to ensure transparent public services delivery.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced capacities of national level institutions in selected sectors to manage economic and governance reforms in a more inclusive, effective and transparent way; and (2) enhanced capacities of local institutions to manage service delivery to citizens in selected sectors in a more inclusive, effective and transparent way.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (September 2019) include: (1) the establishment and operationalize of the state-owned enterprise “Export Promotions Office” was facilitated, which delivers reformed export promotion and facilitation services to Ukraine’s small, medium and large exporters, including women exporters (SheExports); (2) paving the way for results-based management (RBM) principles to be adopted across the Government of Ukraine (GoU) as the Government’s reform/change management system through the development of draft legislation and regulations, designing and preliminary work on innovative RBM tools and training material, training trainers within GoU to rollout RBM across government, and work on the RBM IT interface; (3) Ukraine’s maritime safety systems were reformed by putting in place the necessary legal, regulatory and procedural infrastructure in order to pass the International Maritime Organization Audit. This audit preparation, planning and monitoring process were developed and adapted with support from Transport Canada, was adopted by Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure; (4) Ukraine’s most-used 15 administrative services were reformed that leveraged and adopted Canada’s citizen-centric, bundling approach that brings greater efficiencies to service delivery; (5) the justice system was reformed by building a new probation system according to the new probation law, including developing capacity of the Ministry to train national and regional front-line personnel (caseworkers) on the gender-sensitive probation case management system and building prevention Programs to reduce recidivism; (6) the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) was established and institutionalized, which is an Office that now manages GoU deregulation through a system of review, analysis and recommendations that simplify the regulatory environment and thereby make it more enforceable and effective; (7) the necessary operational and technical systems of the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine were built, including the capacity of its analysts and detectives to effectively investigate (and then prosecute) high-level corruption cases; (8) guidelines were developed for Complaints Handling Systems and Whistleblower Protection Mechanisms for the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption to disseminate across the GoU. As a pilot, a system expects to be established within the Ministry of Health; (9) decentralization across four key sectors were advanced (education, healthcare, roads and local finance) by building capacity, legislation, IT tools, standards to support local authorities in better managing their devolved responsibilities in the constructions of roads and devolving/deconcentrating responsibilities in the areas of healthcare, education and local finance; (10) reform of and establish institutional capacity in the Investment Promotion Office to attract and manage foreign direct investment at the regional level, through the establishment of a Western Ukraine regional investment office (and satellite offices) covering seven regions and, later, other offices covering most regions of Ukraine. The Investment Promotion Office was institutionalized as a state agency UkraineInvest with full-time staff, funded from the state budget; (11) in collaboration with the State Fiscal Services, facilitate an organizational restructuring of the Service, develop legislation to simplify aspects of the tax reporting procedures, build a single window for customs payment and design (reducing customs clearance for goods from 26 hours to 6 hours on average), and launch an automated VAT payment system (increasing tax refunds to legitimate business by billions of hryvnias (Ukrainian currency) annually); (12) the healthcare delivery model was reformed by building and rolling out a comprehensive IT e-health system that brings transparency and efficiency to the delivery of primary healthcare services across Ukraine. This also involved drafting necessary legislation and establishment of the “e-health” state-owned-enterprise that houses and manages the e-health IT system; (13) initiate restructuring of the institutionalized child services system by addressing data gaps on children (and services, facilities) and legislative issues; testing different transformation models of institutions; and developing services in communities so that families can take their children home from institutions (over 90% of children in institutions have parents); (14) aspects of the patrol police reform were strengthened; and (15) reformed the planning procedures for NATO’s Annual National Programs in Ukraine and map out a priority reform agenda for the new President of Ukraine. This effort was formally complimented by NATO in 2020.

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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