Source – City Institute
For the seventh time already Lviv has hosted the All-Ukrainian Local Self-Governance Forum, which has gathered more than 250 participants from all over Ukraine.
An annual conference, the Local Self-Governance Forum is the territory where experience is shared, discussions and analysis of topical issues and prospects in local self-governance take place.
During the forum numerous discussions were held with key experts in various sectors, including decentralization. In the framework of the forum a round table of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on state building, regional policy and local self-governance was held, as well as interactive debates involving the forum participants. Participants discussed the subsequent phase of decentralization, reforming of Ukrainian regional public bodies. A panel discussion was also held, with special attention to the discussion on how to convert decentralization into improvement of peoples’ life quality in territorial communities. An important part of the forum was presentation of the results of the all-national sociological research of the Ukrainians’ sentiments in terms of the tempos and results of decentralization reforms.
Svitlana Bula, associate professor of political science department of I.Franko LNU:
Ihor Semyvolos,, expert of the Association of Middle East Studies:
Oleksandr Kobzarev, Director of City Institute, makes a point on that the self-governance topic is one of the most relevant issues for development of our country. Local self-governance incorporates the basis of all economic and social transformations of the country, with cities’ having a leading role such as improvement of citizens’ life and democracy establishment.
Ihor Parasiuk, PhD in Economics, Director of USAID “PULSE”:
It should be mentioned that the agenda of this year’s forum was developed with participation of the experts in local self-governance development, leading public activists of this sector, and international partners to the forum.
The organizers and forum partners are City Institute ME, Lviv City Council, Lviv Regional Department of Association of Ukrainian Cities, PLEDDG Project, GIZ, “Reform of Municipal Services in Eastern Ukraine II” German and Ukrainian Project, PULSE Project, and the Association of Ukrainian Cities.