Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance Project (PLEDDG) is a 6-year technical assistance project implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and financed by Global Affairs Canada. The project aims to strengthen Ukraine’s municipal sector by increasing capacities in 16 Ukrainian cities to advance local democracy and economic development. The Project will strengthen local democracy through implementing an open government model and ensuring transparent and effective decision making by local government, create enabling conditions for the creation and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, with a focus on women entrepreneurs, facilitate decentralization of authorities and integrated development planning at the local, regional and national levels. PLEDDG will also promote green municipal environment for Ukrainian cities, trade and investment between Canada and Ukraine and contribute to Canada-Poland coordinated engagement with Ukraine.
Cross Cutting Themes
PLEDDG Project will facilitate the enhancement of women’s active involvement in the economic development processes. Use of a ‘gender lens’ will be promoted throughout all major project activities, primarily by focusing on women entrepreneurs and facilitating new approaches to social entrepreneurship and services for women; gender analysis and integration of the interests/needs of women as part of strategic planning and budgeting in partner cities; as well as through the knowledge sharing on gender equality issues. Also, PLEDDG intends to provide support to AUC’s Committee on Equality Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men.
Integration of environmental sustainability issues
PLEDDG Project initiatives will be analyzed to check whether they have negative environmental impact, how it is best to limit such negative impact and how to maximize possible positive environmental impact. Project implementation plan includes Environmental Sustainability Strategy that will ensure integration of environmental aspects in all Project activities – from general planning to implementation and evaluation of each initiative and the project.