The project is aimed at raising the level of citizens` engagement to a policy-making at the city level in four Ukrainian centers of regions: Odessa, Lutsk, Chernihiv, and Severodonetsk. Within the project, the current level and quality of citizens` engagement in four Ukrainian cities is measured and public awareness campaign on the best world-known practices of local citizens` engagement to the policy-making is provided.
At the final stage, CVU Odessa and 3 partner organizations will start advocacy-campaign for raising the level and quality of citizens` engagement to a city policy-making based on the recommendations, developed on the results of measurement of the current level of citizen`s engagement in the target cities.
Publicity Index is practical tool for comprehensive evaluation and comparison of the level of Openness, Transparency and Accountability of cooperation between local self-government and citizens. In general measuring of Publicity index is aimed to understanding how public decisions are made, how implementing local government’s policy and the contribution of the main actors of local self-government in this process. The result of this research is rating of publicity of local self-governments and some parts of it: Mayor, executive bodies and local self-governments’ deputies.
This project provides monitoring of e-declarations of regional center’s mayor and mayors of other cities of regional subordination in Odesa region (7 cities in general) and heads of all of the Local State Administrations (26 local officers in general). Also this Project provides monitoring of cases of making decisions in conditions of conflict of interest (COI); activities for prosecution for non-compliances in e-declarations, analyze of local governments’ and Local State Administrations’ regulations regarding implementing standards of preventing corruption; providing recommendations on inconsistencies elimination.
Since 2006 Odesa regional organization of All-Ukrainian NGO Committee of voters of Ukraine (CVU Odesa) monitors the implementation of electoral programs of political parties, represented in local councils (7 local governments in general). Also since 2012 CVU Odesa monitors implementation of electoral programs of mayors of Odesa, Izmail, Podilsk, Bilgorod-Dnistrovskiy, Reni, Rozdilna. This project is realized with the aim to pay attention of local politicians and citizens how important this element of government-citizenship relation is, to increase responsibility of political parties and mayors to voters for implementing local policies; to facilitate the streamlining of activities of local political parties and mayors towards the realization of strategic goals, but not one-day-decisions. And, at the end, the aim of this project is to form public opinion during electoral campaigns for discussion of ideas that contains in electoral programs, instead of discussion of persons of local politicians.
The project is aimed to increase the potential of the local self-government’s representatives of the newly established community of Marazliivka and to implement mechanisms of public participation in policy-making in this community.
Within the project, the series of seminars on financial resources basic and community development planning were organized. Informational campaign aimed to raise the awareness of the community residents about the decentralization reform realization was realized.
As the result, the newly established community of Marazliivka got The Strategy of its development first in Odesa region, got the Program of social and economic development and an information campaign on the progress of reform. In particular, there is a tab about reform in every edition of newspaper also there is special news-section (chapter) on a web-site izbirkom.org.ua