The extended meeting of Advisory Committee on Effective Governance and Development and Committee on Management of City Development Strategy Implementation took place in Poltava City Council.
According to the meeting participants, PLEDDG, implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, is aimed at strengthening the municipal sector in Ukraine through capacity building in 16 cities in four oblasts in democratization of local governance and development areas. PLEDDG supports open democratic governance tools, creation of enabling environment for entrepreneurship and local economic development, the process of decentralization and integrated development planning at local, regional and national levels, promoting gender equality through strengthening the role of women in political and economic processes, as well as promoting green urban environment.
PLEDDG implementation plan includes development of the Sustainability Strategy. The Strategy includes measures to ensure sustainability of PLEDDG`s priority outcomes at the final stage of its implementation. The quality of partnership relations, responsibility on the local level and capacity development will remain incorporated into the realization of the Project. PLEDDG applies participatory approach to sustainability management in cooperation with partners, which involves the formation of specific Action Plans to ensure sustainability of implementation results with each partner.
“Sustainability” in the PLEDDG context refers to continuity of the Project’s priority outcomes after the termination of assistance. The best effect can be achieved when partners take responsibility for ensuring priority Project outcomes, products and processes evolve over the long term, and targeted strategic capacity development for sustainability purposes is an integral part of Project implementation to support these goals.
PLEDDG Sustainability Strategy in Poltava was developed in close cooperation with the members of the Advisory Committee on Effective Governance and Development, created for PLEDDG implementation in the city, local deputies and City Council representatives, businesses and public.
Interaction with partners for the purposes of Sustainability Strategy implementation provides an opportunity to analyze and determine which initiatives, projects and knowledge gained through information and competence development products within PLEEDG are important for ensuring long-term sustainability in the Ukrainian context and in what ways they should be disseminated in the future.
Igor Lepyoshkin, Senior Expert, Head of Experts Group, PLEDDG, noted that he would like to understand and see how the projects included in the Plan are implemented.
Director of Economic and Investment Department of Poltava City Council Vita Klymenko presented the overview of the Poltava Economic Development Strategy for 2018-2020 implementation plan results.
According to her, the indicator of implementation of “Business Development” direction is the number of new jobs created at the enterprises. And compared to the same period in 2018, this figure has increased.
Monitoring of the implementation of the Action Plan to ensure the sustainability of the PLEDDG Project implementation results will be carried out through periodic assessment of the status of implementation of initiatives and projects. The main body that will carry out monitoring will be Advisory Committee on Effective Management and Development of the city. Members of the advisory body will review the status of implementation of initiatives and projects that have a significant impact and the main priorities to ensure the sustainability of their results. Relevant criteria will be applied to monitor and assess progress under each initiative.