The U-LEAD consists of two components. The first component is aiming at strengthening the capacity to implement reforms, decentralization and regional policies. The component is implemented by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). The second component with a focus on establishing effective centers of administrative services, increasing public awareness of the local government and creating ICT conditions for development of public e-service is implemented by the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (SIDA) through delegated cooperation. Sida’s role will include making grants to, and procuring, organizations that will assist in the implementation of Component 2.
ESTABLISHING CENTRES OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
Sida is planning to implement this task in two phases: an inception face of 15 months, and a roll-out phase which covers the rest of the implementation period.
Sida has provided a grant to SALAR to deliver activities in the inception phase till the end of 2017. SALAR is implementing the programme through SKL International, a subsidiary of SALAR that implements the organization’s development cooperation projects.
The first “inception phase” of the U-LEAD programme Component 2 will be a preparatory year, including some concrete showcases of support to administrative service centers during first 12 months. The phase will consist of three main activity areas:
The roll-out phase of the project will run from 1 September 2017 to 22 April 2020 and the main focus in this phase is on support to local authorities across Ukraine in all aspects of setting up at least 400 administrative service centers, mobile units, or remote workstations.
Local authorities will receive support in the physical and institutional establishment of administrative service centers, training of staff, awareness raising and citizen participation, and exchange of experiences with other local authorities.
Sida will launch a procurement process in spring 2017 and is planning to sign contracts with implementing partners in autumn 2017.
CREATION ICT CONDITIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC
The development of the electronic services is high priority in the Ukraine decentralization agenda. It is planned that as many as 70 public services will be available in Ukraine in a fully electronic format in 2020. In the framework of second component the partner of SIDA Estonian e-Governance Academy will create ICT conditions for development of public e-services and make governance more transparent and effective.
The project EGOV4UKRAINE will: