Cities with ambitious heads, who care about reputation, develop faster, - expert

Decentralisation continues in Ukraine, and there appear many resources on the ground. The conversation with Taras Sluchyk, expert of the Institute of Political Education and specialist on the prevention of corruption at the local level, concerns the place of transparency, accountability and activism in this process.

- Is the decentralisation process successful in Ukraine, in your opinion?

- Decentralisation is one of the most successful reforms initiated in Ukraine! It really changes the lives of citizens "here and now", especially in the rural areas. The residents of amalgamated hromadas across the country have already experienced and seen positive effects in a few months after amalgamation. And cities of oblast significance, for the first time, have the budget for the implementation of hromada development projects, and not just funds for "consumption".

- What challenges do you see in this process?

- Now, for development projects to be effective, high-quality perspective planning and control over their implementation are required. Another challenge for local self-government and hromada members is an effective control over the use of hromada funds.

- The transparency ranking (Transparency International Ukraine, within which the transparency of the 100 largest cities of Ukraine is assessed) describes 13 domains – is there any regularity in the indicators?

- I think there are 3 regularities. Cities are moving faster and have higher scores, if:

Firstly: the mayor and his/her team have political ambitions at the national level and take care of the city’s and his/her reputation;

Secondly: there is an active hromada that constantly suggests solutions to the mayor’s office and deputies, and controls them;

Thirdly: there is a political competitiveness.

- How can an average citizen make changes? Where to go and where to start from?

- It is necessary to unite neighbours and raise important issues, which will be used by many residents – reconstruction of the park, publication of a list of buildings that can be leased, fair procedures for examining land issues, etc.

- What are the three best practices of transparency that you tend to talk about at each workshop and put them as an example?

- First of all, this is a new Lviv geoportal, which allows to apply layers with different information. There is also an online map on status of citizens’ appeals on the problems in houses of the Communal Enterprise "MIUK" in Ivano-Frankivsk. And thirdly, it is an open data portal of the Drohobych Town Council.

Author: Alina Kobenko

The full version is available in Ukrainian – please click HERE

 

19.03.2018 - 10:27 | Views: 4543
Cities with ambitious heads, who care about reputation, develop faster, - expert

Tags:

participatory budget control

Source:

Transparent Cities

Share the news:

Коментарі:

To add comment you should be authorized or sign_in
Read more:

22 September 2020

24 вересня 2020 - останній день висування кандидатів у місцеві депутати та на посаду голови громади

24 вересня 2020 - останній день висування...

Післязавтра, 24 вересня 2020 року, - останній день висування кандидатів у депутати, кандидатів на посаду сільського,...

22 September 2020

ЮНІСЕФ відкрив подачу заявок від громад на Премію дітей та молоді “Найкраща ініціатива громади 2020”

ЮНІСЕФ відкрив подачу заявок від громад на...

Цього року Дитячий фонд ООН (ЮНІСЕФ) у партнерстві з Міністерством молоді та спорту вперше відзначить проекти у сфері...

22 September 2020

«Чотири простори бібліотеки: модель діяльності» - новий посібник

«Чотири простори бібліотеки: модель діяльності»...

ВГО Українська бібліотечна асоціація презентувала бібліотечній спільноті електронний посібник «Чотири простори...

21 September 2020

The 2020 All-Ukrainian Decentralisation Reports Contest: entries will be accepted by September, 30

The 2020 All-Ukrainian Decentralisation Reports...

By September, 30, journalists of the regional media (online, printed, radio and TV) are able to file an online...

21 September 2020

The Richelieu-Forum: State Service for the New Era Kyiv/Odesa/Lviv/Dnipro

The Richelieu-Forum: State Service for the New...

On September, 25, 2020 The Richelieu-Forum: State Service for the New Era will be held. For several years in a row it...