On January 17-18, the IV Forum of Participation Practitioners was held in Poltava. Each year, the Forum brings together officials, experts, activists, international partners in order to discuss current challenges and explore the best practices of participatory budget implementation in cities.

Vinnytsia hosted the first tourist hackathon "Mix Tourism in Vinnytsia". The event was organized by the City Marketing and Tourism Department of the Vinnytsia City Council with the support of PLEDGG. The unique local event, was aimed at elaboration of new approaches to local tourism development jointly with the public sector and business. The ideas will serve as the basis of the city's 2030 Tourism development strategy, which is being prepared in cooperation with PLEDGG.

#ChangingCities Campaign demonstrates successful examples and innovative approaches to democratic governance and local economic development in Zaporizhzhia, Vinnytsia, Poltava and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts in Ukraine, that have resulted from the efforts of PLEDDG

PLEDDG Steering Committee meeting was focused on the discussion of sustainability mechanisms for initiatives developed together with PLEDDG. This is one of the priority tasks that will allow to continue the development of municipal sector strengthening practices in Ukraine, implement effective democratic governance and create favorable conditions for the development of small and medium-sized businesses at the local, regional and national levels.

Kyiv hosted the main event in the field of gender equality policy in Ukraine - the Third Ukrainian Women's Congress. PLEDDG is one of the permanent partners of the event. Every year, the event brings together representatives of business, public, government as well as foreign experts to discuss topical issues of economic and political empowerment of women in Ukraine.

On December 11, the working group meeting on the preparation of the Social Entrepreneurship Development Program was held in Vinnytsia. The group includes PLEDDG experts, representatives of public organizations, social enterprises, business associations and educational sector. Vinnytsia became the first Ukrainian city to initiate the development of a systemic document to support inclusive business.

Lviv hosted the ‘Climate Ambitions of Cities’ National Forum organized by the Ukrainian Climate Network with the support of 350.org, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Bureau Kyiv-Ukraine and PLEDDG. Today, the state of the environment directly affects economic indicators. Unwillingness to pay attention to threatening climate change is a wrong path, which can lead to disastrous consequences not only for the environment, but also for the development of the country.