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Clean Energy Project Gaining Momentum he spring-summer of 2012 was especially busy with events and activities conducted as part of the Partnerships for Cleaner Energy project. In particular, on 4 April the 2012 Energoprom National Exhibition took place. This exhibition aims to promote modern energy efficiency technologies and to help establish cooperation between local authorities, businesses, other potential users and technology producers. The Partnerships for Cleaner Energy project is supporting Energoprom for the second year in a row to demonstrate to oblast enterprises and local authorities best practices and technologies throughout Ukraine. This year the exhibition was opened by Janina Jaruzelski, Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Mission for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, and Yevhen Udod, head of the

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Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council. It was attended by approximately 3,000 visitors. “Energy efficiency is critical for sustainable economic growth and for energy security. This exhibition highlights the benefits that energy efficiency technologies can potentially bring to Ukrainian industry, the public sector and to the households of average Ukrainian citizens,” Jaruzelski said. A training program is an important component of the project, providing representatives of business and local government with in-depth knowledge and practical skills on how to use renewable energy resources in their enterprises and communities that will enable them to decrease CO2 emissions, increase energy efficiency and improve profitability. Taking this into account, the Partnerships for Cleaner Energy project focused on training Page 2

Partnership for Energy Efficiency in Zelenodolsk EF and the Zelenodolsk City Council have launched joint two-year Partnership for Energy Efficiency project. Thanks to a Є250,000 grant from an EU-funded competition "Support to energy efficiency measures in small Ukrainian cities", the partners will put into place an energy management system, modernize the municipal heating supply and raise awareness on energy-saving measures. The project will conduct energy audits of the municipal heating system and communal infrastructure buildings, analyze energy consumption by the city’s budget-funded infrastructure and install automatic energy-monitoring software in the city. Project experts will also develop an energyefficiency plan for Zelenodolsk. In addition, more than 600 meters of the city’s heating mainline will be replaced, and an automatic temperature control system at the city heat exchange station will be introduced. The project will be accompanied by an information campaign to promote individual heat control in city households.

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Clean Energy Project Gaining Momentum (сontinued from p. 1) seminars that helped more than 150 representatives of target groups successfully pass the training course. In order to show the benefits of using energy efficiency technologies, the project implemented several demonstration projects, installing modern equipment on communal properties. Over 2011-2012 the project helped to install LED street lighting in Zelenodolsk and Bohdanivka, and to introduce basic energy efficiency measures (roof and wall insulation,

replace windows and doors to improve comfort and save resources) in the kindergartens of Novooleksandrivka, Tomakivka, Loboikivka and Mezhova and at a library in Devladove. In April 2012 solar panels and recuperation technology were installed to supply hot water at Pavlohrad Kindergarden #47. As a result, a swimming pool that has not functioned for nearly 20 years is now open for children. Pavlohrad was one of eight cities and towns of Dnipropetrovsk oblast selected for demonstra-

tion projects that have since been implemented. In the nearest future the project plans to conduct a broad information campaign, develop recommendations for the Dnipropetrovsk oblast strategic energy plan regarding implementation of innovative energy efficiency technologies and implementing energy-saving equipment on communal infrastructure buildings.

Dnipropetrovsk Media Promotes Energy Efficiency n order to help the public appreciate the importance of introducing energy efficiency technologies, EEF and the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council at the beginning of 2012 announced a competition open to all media for the best analytical articles on energy efficiency. The competition was a part of the Partnership for Cleaner Energy project, which is being implemented by EEF in partnership with the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration and DTEK company. Twenty eight proposals were submitted to the Clean Energy – The Choice of the Future campaign, which aimed to increase public awareness on the introduction of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency technologies as an effective tool for improving the environment, slowing climate change and providing energy security. The contest winners were acknowledged on 4 April 2012 during the opening of the Energoprom National Exhibition, which is also a part of the Clean Energy project. The exhibition which the project has supported for the second year in a row, looks to promote modern energy efficiency technologies and to help establish cooperation in this field between local authorities, businesses, other potential energy users and producers of energy efficiency technology. The winners received their awards from the director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Mission for Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Ms. Janina Jaruzelski, Yevhen Udod, head of the

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Award ceremony of the “Clean Energy – A Choice for the Future” contest for the media.

Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, and EEF President Victor Liakh. A regional newspaper, Bereg Nadezhdy from Synelnykovo district, was named for its practical recommendation and promotion of simple and useful technologies that could be duplicated in other communities without the need for huge financing. Kateryna Vasylyeva of the Sodruzhestvo TV and radio company received an award for the most expert and professional work among TV reporters.

Another winner, Hennadiy Senkevich of the Dnipropetrovsk-based newspaper Zorya, received a prize for his fervent interest and systematic approach in coverage of the topic. The USAID Partnership for Cleaner Energy project promotes energy saving and CO2 reduction by building the capacities of local government and business to design, evaluate, implement and measure community-driven strategies and projects related to energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.

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UNITER Project Initiates National Reforms artners of the UNITER project which is now into its third year, are continuing with their activities which look to unite Ukrainian civil society organizations on the national and local levels in order to push national and local reforms. The first phase of the project was implemented over 2009-20101 and resulted in 59 grants to local NGOs, supporting advocacy initiatives focused on issues such as government accountability, municipal housing reform, citizen participation and their effectiveinput into local development planning, empowerment for disadvantaged groups, consumer rights protection and monitoring of campaign promises made by elected officials. A full list of supported projects can be found at www.uniter.org.ua. The results achieved and their impact tasked project partners to consider new, more ambitious objectives—to increase the influence of civil society on forming national policy agenda and to initiate reforms in priority areas for society at the national level. This is one of the features of the latest stage of the project: to unite the efforts of local- and national-level civil society organizations in Ukraine to advocate on behalf of citizens and drive national reforms. Project partners have provided support to complex projects developed by coalitions of NGOs that push for reforms to solve problems critical for Ukrainian society. In spring 2012, as part of the second stage of the UNITER project, 26 projects received a

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total of nearly UAH 3 mln in support. Overall, 61 coalitions uniting 299 civil society organizations have submitted applications for participation in this latest round of the grants competition. Before the grants were awarded, all winners completed an intensive training program on how to build coalitions and work effectively within them. Coalition winners will work on a variety of topics important for Ukrainian society, ones in which reforms have been deemed critical. Thus, Agency for Legislative Initiatives will lead the coalition efforts to ensure participation of local communities in local level decision-making through advocating the institute of local referendum and expanding the role of communities in local self-governance. The policy recommendations to improve an institute of local referendum will be channeled to the Parliament committee and discussed. It is expected that the project will institutionalize the local referendum as a method of efficient citizen participation in local governance. In turn, the National Association for Community Self-organization Assistance in cooperation with local partners will develop and advocate national- and local-level regulations to ensure public control of self-organized citizens’ bodies over the utilities sector. Such policy recommendations will be discussed widely and national level policy recommendations and amendments to existing legal acts will be submitted to the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing Utilities for its adoption. It is expected that citizens will

soon receive efficient mechanisms of control over the utilities sector in this way. Ukraine is currently undertaking reforms in the public health system, and the first stage of implementing the reforms includes piloting of the proposed changes in Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk oblasts and in Kyiv. The proposed reforms will amend the system of healthcare by adding family doctors as the first and main medical focal point for all citizens, including people with mental disabilities. Another coalition, led by the National NGO Coalition for People with Intellectual Disabilities, will work to ensure that these reforms have a positive impact on people with mental disabilities in the abovementioned areas of Ukraine as well as monitor the situation in Kyiv. As a result of the monitoring, the coalition expects to propose changes and amendments to reforms and legal acts that guide healthcare reforms in order to improve the quality of services that are to be provided to people with mental disabilities after healthcare reform is implemented nationwide. For additional information on the supported projects please visit www.eef.org.ua. The Ukraine National Initiatives to Enhance Reforms (UNITER) project is being implemented by Pact Inc. with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and supported by the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF). EEF is administrating UNITER’s local grant program.

EEF Helps Develop Corporate Volunteering in Ukraine or the second time EEF has conducted its National Corporate Volunteer Contest in partnership with the UN Global Compact Network in Ukraine, the UN Volunteers Programme, the European Business Association, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, the U.S. PeaceCorps and the Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum. The contest, which aims to recognize and celebrate businesses with employee volunteer programs working to help solve vital problems in society, resulted in approximately 20 applicatons describing corporate volunteering programs being implemented by local and international companies in Ukraine. Such programs help to solve social and economic problems faced by Ukrainian communities by contributing the company’s expertise in addition to the experience, energy, skills and time of company employees. Employees of companies help to assist orphans and vulnerable youth better integrate into society and to look confidently towards the future. They provide students new knowledge and skills not taught in school or in institutes of higher learning. These programs now involve thousands of people promoting healthy lifestyles, environmental protection, and the restoration of historical and cultural monuments.

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The winners by categories were as follows: 1) Life Quality Improvement: PwC (large businesses) and BDO (small businesses);

Award ceremony of the National Corporate Volunteering contest.

2) Education and Culture: Kyivstar and Ernst&Young Ukraine (large businesses) and Perspektiva M (small business); 3) Health and Sports: Prykarpattyaoblenergo (large businesses) and Amway (small businesses); 4) Environment: Coca-Cola Beverages and Kraft Foods Ukraine (large businesses); 5) Joint initiatives involving businesses and NGOs: Dobrota Donetsk City Charitable Foundation.

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EEF and Partners Promote E-democracy ver May 23-24, EEF and the Dobrochyn Center held a conference in Chernihiv entitled “Electronic Democracy in Ukraine: Regional Dimensions.” The conference quickly proved to be an effective platform for establishing constructive cooperation between civil society and government as regards introducing e-governance and promoting e-democracy nationwide. The conference also summarized the results of the Your Local Representative: Strengthening Citizen Participation in Ukraine project, an 18month endeavor that helped create an effective tool for public interaction with government. Approximately 80 participants, including representatives of local NGOs, local council deputies and local government officials, learned about best international practices and successful examples from Ukrainians in this area. Presentations and discussions of national experts and practitioners enabled conference participants to return to their communities with ideas on how they can start introducing e-democracy in their communities. In her written address to conference participants, Ms. Maryna Stavniychuk, a presidential adviser and head of both the Presidential Administration’s Main Office for Constitutional and Legal Modernization Affairs and Coordination Council on Civil Society Development, noted that the “issue of introducing e-democracy is important not merely for the state, but primarily for its citizens. In this context, the cooperation of authorities and citizens to create efficient national, regional and local policy is a serious task which is very important at present.” While presenting the achievements of the project, EEF and its local partners empha-

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sized that it helped to expand the impact of community towards local political process by using civil society to monitor the work of local deputies and imp-rove public access to information on their work. As part of the project, eight interactive web portals were created: in Volyn, Donetsk, Chernihiv, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Ternopil and Odesa oblasts, plus the Autonomous Republic of Web resources created in eight oblasts of Ukraine help Ukrainians Crimea. Local officials communicate with local officials. are able to use this resource as a kind of social network. In parresource to inform citizens about their work, ticular, groups created on facebook have and citizens in turn can leave comments and united more than 900 active participants, recommendations regarding the work of pubincluding ordinary citizens, media, represenlic officials. Web resources include informatatives of other NGOs and local council tion on the composition and ongoing work of deputies. 87 local pilot councils at the oblast, city and Despite the fact that funding from the UN district levels as well as deputies’ reports, Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the U.S. contact information and working hours for Agency for International Development meeting with citizens. In addition, these web(USAID) has ended, the project continues to sites cover other important community gain momentum. Partners have created a issues; local partners have collected a huge coalition of NGOs called The Monitoring amount of data, in particular establishing Group, which is open to new members and 4,671 pages on individual deputies. To learn already includes eight regional project partmore, please visit www.dep.org.ua. ners and 13 organizations in total, three of In addition, the project has conducted a them joined the Group during the conference. series of training sessions in areas such as eBut it is only the beginning: NGOs are confidemocracy, and cooperation between authordent that the mechanism created as part of a ities and the public using new media. Not project to influence the work of government surprisingly, local partners from eight oblasts is an effective tool. of Ukraine now actively use this powerful

EEF and Partners Award Winners of ‘Sunny Caravan’ Contest n 20 June EEF and its partners announced the winners of their “Sunny Caravan” contest, which was held during European Days of the Sun, an international campaign aimed at promoting the use of solar energy. The main aim of the competition was to increase awareness among Ukrainian students and their parents about the use of solar energy in everyday life. The contest was organized by the Green Dossier Information Center, EEF, the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, Activ Solar and others. The contest included prizes in two categories for individuals and organizations: technical and humanitarian. On the technical side, participating students joined with their

parents, teachers or friends to create a device that enables solar energy to be used in everyday life. The humanitarian element tasked participants to organize an educational campaign to promote the use of solar energy. In the technical category, the jury named Konstantin Mikhailov of Sevastopol the individual winner. He created a mechanism and tools for heating communal water supplies in Lyubimovka, a village near Sevastopol. Organizers presented him with tickets for the Ukraine-England match at Euro 2012 as a special prize. The winner in the humanitarian category was Vladimir Ivanchuk, a student from the Kosiv Institute of Arts and Crafts in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast. He designed special informational posters and received a netbook from contest partner Activ Solar.

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The poster by contest winner V. Ivanchuk.

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EEF and Partners Continue to Introduce E-governance in Dnipropetrovsk and Odesa Oblasts eceiving administrative services and different kinds of documents from government offices remains a major headache for ordinary citizens and for business people in Ukraine. To date, the procedure for obtaining certain administrative services for most Ukrainians remains overly complicated, unclear and confusing. To increase the credibility of and trust in government among citizens, ensure the transparency and accountability of public officials, and allow Ukrainians to receive documents and services on time EEF has continued its Best Practices in E-governance project, which introduces modern information technologies in the daily work of local authorities to increase the transparency and accountability of their activities and improve services provided to citizens. In 2012, in Dnipropetrovsk, EEF has focused on creating a unique portal to provide administrative services to local residents, and it is designed to simplify communication between citizens and local authorities. Until now, the internal portion of this project has been designed as tested, with internal document flows completely digitalized. Currently, the work on the exterior portion of the portal – a special platform that will enable citizens

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A unique portal for providing administrative services in Dnipropetrovsk oblast and a web-portal in Odesa oblast offer new steps for implementing e-governance across Ukraine.

of Dnipropetrovsk to send requests to government officials for certain documents, information or services – is ongoing. “E-governance technologies are recognized worldwide as an effective tool of modern public administration, with a focus on quality service to satisfy the needs of citizens and businesses. The positive indicators that we received after testing of the newly created resource confirm the need for introducing such technologies in the daily work of public servants and for furthering their development,” said Natalia Piskoha, the head of the permit issuing center of the Dnipropetrovsk City Council. According to preliminary results, the process has already become twice as fast compared with last year, and some documents are now made ready even ahead of schedule.

Simultaneously, in Odesa oblast the project has helped to develop and test administrative services for the Oblast State Administration to provide services on registering foreign investors, developing investment proposals, and supporting and monitoring the implementation of investments plans. A newly developed website, http://invest.odessa.gov.ua, now provides help to investors and those interested in investing as well as significantly decreases the time needed to receive government services. In addition, the circulation of documents between local officials has been digitalized, thereby making their work more efficient.

EEF and World Childhood Foundation Help Zhytomyr Oblast Orphans Prepare for Adulthood n late March EEF and the World Childhood Foundation launched a new stage of their Everyone Has a Right to Work: Partnerships to Improve Employment Opportunities for Vulnerable Youth project. The oneyear initiative helps orphans better integrate into society by introducing initiatives that promote broad access to employment for such vulnerable youth, especially orphans enrolled in the technical and vocational schools of Zhytomyr oblast. In Zhytomyr oblast approximately 4,000 children are deprived of parental care and are considered orphans. After leaving the state’s care, orphans lack the necessary life skills for integration into society, including communication skills, financial literacy, how to search and apply for a job, how to write a CV, and how to present themselves at job interviews. The project consists of various components, including improving the quality of employment-related services for vulnerable youth by training social care specialists and teachers of the vocational schools. The project also devel-

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ops mechanisms for sustainable cooperation between NGOs, social service agencies and local employers to improve job accessibility for vulnerable youth. One of the main components of the project is an intensive training program for vulnerable youth. Topics to be covered during upcoming training sessions include time management, human rights, healthy lifestyles, and professional orientation and employment. The Zhytomyr Oblast Association of Social Workers and EEF will work to establish partnerships between local stakeholders to improve job accessibility for vulnerable youth. This will be done by organizing public discussions among stakeholders, job fairs and study visits for vulnerable youth. EEF will also provide modern equipment to ensure orphans have access to computers, the internet and other equipment necessary for the preparation of homework and selfeducation after school as well as educational literature. In 2011 alone project partners managed to provide more than 250 orphans from 16 voca-

To promote healthy life style among vulnerable youth EEF and METRO conducted an oblast football championship among orphans from Zhytomyr oblast in fall 2012

tional schools in Zhytomyr oblast with social, information and consulting assistance in the area of employment and education.

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Social Entrepreneurship Reaches Ukrainian Regions he Lviv-based civic organization “Narodna dopomoha” (“People’s Help”) has been taking care of Lviv residents for several years now. The Center of Integral Support for Women in Crisis Situations, which was established by this NGO, helps those who have lost official documents, or found themselves homeless or in a difficult situation. To finance this project, the NGO established a bakery called “Horikhovyi Dim”. Yurii Lopatynskyi, an executive director at Narodna dopomoha, mentioned that the bakery is premised on raising revenues to finance other non-profit projects. It is also a training center where their clients – their consumers – can get the support they need. Another example of national social entrepreneurship is Liudmyla Chorykova, director of the “Zdorovya” (“Health”) Medical Rehabilitation Center and SpektrPlus, an enterprise. Every day her medical center receives visits from more than 20 children and adults with disabilities coming from Ukraine and even abroad, offering them fully qualified medical care or rehabilitation as needed. It also provides discounts on a variety of things for patients from poor families. The center, which was founded in 2009, reinvests its profits into its own development. At present the center needs a new building to expand the range of its services due to the increasing number of people seeking help. Such examples of a business that aims to help people are rare, but thankfully the practice of social entrepreneurship has already become well recognized around the world and continues to make strides in Ukraine. The partners of the Social Enterprise Development project do everything possible to make social enterprises a normal practice in national business and categorize “social enterprises” as for-profit businesses that reinvest in their social or charitable objectives for the sake of the community. The project aims to share ideas, create both the necessary conditions for the develop-

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ment of social enterprises among Ukrainians and a favorable environment to further develop the social enterprise sector, plus provide those who want to run a social enterprise with the legal, financial and consulting support to do so. The partners of the Social Enterprise Development project are now conducting special educa- The Zdorovya (“Health”) Medical Rehabilitation Center gives hope for its little tional programs patients. about the legal Agency for International Development and financial aspects of implementation social (USAID), Erste Stiftung and the American business projects. In addition, EEF awarded Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine – continue to three grants to establish resource centers in AR support projects initiated by social entrepreneurs Crimea, Lviv and Donetsk. Each provides from other regions. One of the main obstacles those who want to run a social enterprise with for their development in Ukraine is the low level the consulting support they need as well as proof awareness and lack of knowledge in this area motes the idea during different public events. among the public. To solve these problems, EEF Despite the fact that this field is rather new, and partners created a promotional film about social entrepreneurship has been steadily gainsocial enterprises, what social entrepreneurship ing adherents among the public and particularmeans and how other can join this movement. ly those who care about the welfare of others. In May, project partners organized an eduIn 2012, the project continued to reach cational media tour entitled “Social Entreprespread: to Mikolayiv, at the RUSAL Center neurship in Ukraine and Central and Eastern for Social Programs and to Sevastopol, at the Europe” for national journalists. Its aim was Foundation for Social and Economic Develto raise public awareness on social enterprisopment of Sevastopol. Both have conducted es, and it gave journalists a unique opportuniintensive training programs for those who ty to learn about the daily work of such busiwant to become social entrepreneurs. In addinesses in Lviv and in Romania. tion, these new partners will provide funding Please visit www.eef.org.ua or follow social to support the best business plans of social entrepreneurship on facebook to learn more entrepreneurs in their respective territories. about the project. In turn, the EEF – with support from the U.S.

EEF and JTI to Open New Centers for Seniors in Crimea EF and Japan Tobacco International (JTI) have again united their efforts to create news centers for seniors in Crimea. This cooperation has already helped to create three centers in Cherkasy oblast last year. These centers – in Cherkasy, Zolotonosha and the village of Prydniprovske – have created opportunities for social engagement among seniors and provided venues for popular pastimes/social activities so that local seniors can gather to sing, dance and spend time with each other, plus gain new skills offered in several specific groups at these centers. The project has

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also helped improve the standard of living of local seniors by offering such services as laundry, hairdressing, and medical, psychological and legal consultations. In 2012 two centers will be established in Crimea to improve the quality of life of and access to social services for senior citizens in that region. In particular, the District Councils of Veterans will renovate and launch a center in Rоzdolne for the elderly and people with disabilities, organize a variety of hobby clubs for music, knitting, embroidery and other activities, plus organize community events. In Bakhchisarai, a local veterans’ organi-

zation will establish a seniors’ center at a Bakhchisarai center for the elderly and people with disabilities as well as at two locations of a territorial center in the villages of Kuybyshevo and Vilino. They will organize a wide range of hobby clubs in these centers, including those focused on singing, theater, health, crafts and more. As part of the health club, seniors will receive access to gym equipment and lectures from medical specialists. In total, EEF has invested in the creation of 11 such community centers for seniors across Ukraine.


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EEF Aids Ukrainian Cities in the Develop of PPPs n 10 April EEF presented ideas developed as a part of the USAID Local Investment and National Competitiveness (LINC) project at a joint meeting of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Travel and Tourism Committees of the European Business Association (EBA). The main focus of the meeting was to share the experience of utilizing the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mechanism in developing local tourism and to discuss the potential of PPP-based project ideas developed by the Odesa, Yevpatoria and Lutsk city councils. The city councils that presented their ideas were selected among other pilot regions for a USAID LINC project wherein representatives from these cities, with help from project experts, prepared their own investment projects, which once implemented will help to increase the attractiveness of these cities and their regions for investors and thereby improve the welfare of local citizens. In particular, the idea of establishing an open-air museum featuring old Odesa (Moldovanka) envisages the creation of a model of sustainable development in one city district by preserving the culture and historical look of old Odesa. The project plans create opportunities for business to provide services as part of the project and will improve the quality and extent of tourism-related services in the city. In Yevpatoria, the project aims to develop a sports and wellness facility in the “Moinaki Golden Ring� recreational zone which borders a salt lake. The facility will include spa facilities, hotels, restaurants, sports fields, tennis courts, a golf course and more, plus provide resources for the construction, maintenance and development of a multi-purpose

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sports stadium. During project implementation approximately 150 representatives of local authorities and businesses from Chernivtsi, Volyn, Rivne, Luhansk and Odesa regions, plus the Autonomous Republic of Crimea completed training seminars and received practical skills on the use of the PPP mechanism as regards waste management, heating supply, rendering of medical services, development of tourism infrastructure and more. EEF and its partners organized special study tours for project participants to better acquaint them with successful examples of PPPs. Representatives Lina Ostapchuk and Natalya Bunda from Lutsk City Council believe that the project has been effective and useful in their professional work. Participation in the project has inspired them to come up with new ideas and more fully develop their city. EEF, in cooperation with the USAID LINC project, is facilitating local

community development by identifying and strengthening existing public-private partnerships that support regional economic investment, building the capacities of local and regional champions for PPP, and promoting the measurable impacts of these partnerships to fuel growth in various sectors of local economies.

Knowledge gained during implementation of the project helped pilot cities to develop business-plans and present them to potential investors.

EEF, Partners Continue Development of Public-Private Partnerships he popularization and implementation of the public-private partnership (PPP) model over the last years have demonstrated convincingly for Ukrainian communities that this mechanism really works and the topic should be made a priority. To that end, EEF continues to work actively in this field and has become a partner of the USAID Public-Private Partnership Development Program (P3DP). As a program partner EEF focuses its work con-

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Media tour for a pilot project site in Simferopol.

ducting training sessions and informing the public about the aspects of PPP. As part of a collaboration agreement between P3DP and EEF, the latter will provide special training seminars on PPP for local authorities, host regional and national-level conferences, conduct study-tours abroad and in Ukraine, plus put together an information campaign in partner cities of the program. To date EEF has conducted training sessions that focus on developing strategies for financing state/municipal projects in program partner cities Lviv, Vinnytsia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Simferopol and Zaporizhzhia. During these seminars all participants (representatives of local government, business and citizens) have an opportunity to learn more about global experience with implementing PPP projects, especially with strategies of realization and funding of them. Participants have also learned about the types, principles, results,

spheres and practices of PPP project implementation in Ukraine, plus clarified issues such as joint activity with state and communal enterprises, concessions for the construction and operation of communal infrastructure, rental of state/communal real estate, investment activity with state /communal enterprise and technologies to be used by such consortiums. Trainers have also shared with participants complete theoretical information (a review of the main PPP elements and national legislation regulating collaboration between local authorities and business) and tried to give them practical skills actions for implementing PPPs in their communities (e.g.waste management, parking spaces, construction and operation of the municipal health care institutions, maintaining of recreational zones like municipal parks etc.) For more information about the program please visit eef.org.ua.

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Our Sponsors and Partners in 2012 Names in bold indicate a direct donation of $10,000 and more Donors

Civic Campaign New Citizen

Ministry of Social Policy of Autonomous

American Chamber of Commerce

Committee of Voters of Ukraine Cherkasy

Republic of Crimea

British Council

branch

Zhytomyr Oblast State Administration

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

DLA Piper

Zhytomyr Oblast Council

Council of Europe

Erste Bank

Zhytomyr Oblast Employment Center

Donbass Fuel-Energy Company (DTEK)

Expert Ukraine Magazine

Evpatoria City Council

Embassy of Finland in Ukraine

International Renaissance Foundation

Pavlograd City Council

Embassy of Switzerland in Kyiv

John Smith Trust

Odesa City Council

Erste Foundation

Microsoft Ukraine

Mezheva District Council (Dnipropetrovsk

Eurasia Foundation

National Assembly of People

oblast)

European Union

with Disabilities

Tomakivka District Council (Dnipropetrovsk

JT International

PH International in Ukraine

oblast)

METRO Cash & Carry

Platinum Bank

Zelenodolsk City Council (Dnipropetrovsk

OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine

PricewaterhouseCoopers Ukraine

oblast)

Pact, Inc.

RUSAL Social Programme Centre

Bohdanivka Village Council (Dnipropetrovsk

Philip Morris Ukraine

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme

oblast)

Slavutich, Carlsberg Group

U.S.-Ukraine Business Council

Loboykivka Village Council (Dnipropetrovsk oblast)

UN Democracy Fund U.S. Agency for International Development

Ukrainian Government Partnerships

Novooleksandrivka Village Council

(USAID)

Berdychiv City Employment Center

(Dnipropetrovsk oblast)

USAID LINC

Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council

USAID Public-Private

Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration

Partnership Development

Kharkiv Oblast State Administration

Memberships in Coalitions, Associations and Networks

Program (FHI Development 360, LLC)

Kharkiv District State Administration

American Chamber of Commerce

World Childhood Foundation

Sevastopol City State Administration

Business in the Community Global

State Social Service for Family, Children and

Partnership Network

Partners

Youth

European Business Association (EBA)

British Council

Verkhovna Rada Autonomous Republic of

Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum

Business in the Community

Crimea

UN Global Compact Network in Ukraine

Contact Information East Europe Foundation 55 Velyka Vasylkivska, 3rd floor 03680, Kyiv, Ukraine Tel/Fax: +380 (44) 200-38-24 info@eef.org.ua www.eef.org.ua

Editor: Kateryna Kopchuk, EEF Communications Manager, kkopchuk@eef.org.ua

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