In 2010, CIDA extended the RGD Project until 2012. This allows for continued support to national and regional partners to institutionalize the successful regional development model piloted during Phase 1 of the project. Phase 2 of the project has four main objectives:
1. Practice-based National Training Programs on Regional Economic Development.
The project works in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and the Main Department for Civil Service (MDCS), strengthening their capacity to deliver training to national and regional level public servants from 13 regions across Ukraine. The 13 participating regions are: Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kirovograd, Zakarpattya, Volyn, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Rivne, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi and Chernivtsi.
Project efforts at this level are two-pronged: first, RGD engages national and international experts to design and deliver three practice-based Train-the-Trainer (ToT) courses and respective curricula on strategic planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, project management, and alternative investment attraction. Second, the ToT graduates become nationally-accredited trainers who will then deliver the three curricula to over 600 civil servants from 13 regions of Ukraine.
RGD’s programs respond to Ukraine’s need for practice-based, in-service training for civil servants on how to manage and guide change for regional economic development. The participating trainers and civil servants will also become knowledgeable on how to develop regional development programming that is responsive to social, gender and environmental concerns.
2. Policies in Support of Regional Economic Development.
Building on the results achieved during phase 1, RGD continues to work with the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing to improve the State Strategy for Regional Development (SSRD). This will contribute to creating a legislative environment that promotes sustainable economic development of Ukraine’s regions.
3. Full-cycle Strategic Planning in Zaporizhzhia.
RGD continues its support to Zaporizhzhia, one of the two pilot regions of the first phase of the project. Activities focus on establishing a monitoring system for regional economic development and a capital improvement program.
4. Sharing Knowledge and Lessons Learned on Regional Economic Development.
RGD prioritizes the sharing of knowledge and lessons learnt on regional economic development and strategic planning through various avenues. This is to encourage the adaptation and implementation of international good practices by national and regional stakeholders in Ukraine. Click here to view our full suite of publications and other knowledge products.
RGD is committed to integrating gender as a cross-cutting theme in all aspects of project implementation activities. This is based on the understanding that in order for economic growth and development to be sustainable and sustained, the different impacts on and needs of women, men and youth have to be taken into account. Social and gender considerations are relevant to all levels of government from a variety of perspectives, because decisions about development priorities, services, programs and regulations affect the quality of life of youth, women and men differently. A key priority of the RGD project is to ensure all groups are able to participate in the regional development, planning, and governance processes. The project works to educate civil servants and regional economic development stakeholders on gender issues and on how to integrate gender social impact assessments in strategic plans, primarily through the nationally-accredited training programs designed by RGD.
RGD is guided by an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that describes methods and practical implications for integrating environment and environmental sustainability into project activities. The EMP incorporates lessons learned, good practices demonstrated, and mitigation strategies to be adopted. The design of the EMP draws on international frameworks (ex. Millennium Development Goal 7, UN-HABITAT’S Global Campaign on Urban Governance), Canadian policies (ex. Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, CIDA’s policy for Environmental Sustainability) and Ukrainian environmental laws. A key aspect of the project is to ensure environmental considerations are included in the strategic priority projects designed and implemented by the participants of the national training program designed by RGD. The project is also providing specific training on how to analyze environmental impacts and how to conduct Environmental Impact Assessments and Strategic Environmental Assessments when required.
Synergies with other Canadian Technical Assistance Projects
RGD collaborates closely with three other CIDA-funded projects - Conference Board of Canada's Evidence-based Economic Development (EBED), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Municipal Local Economic Development (MLED) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education's Policy Reform and Implementation Support Mechanism Project (PRISM), where appropriate. This collaboration allows Ukraine to benefit from four highly complementary Canadian projects working in synergy to create a solid and integrated Canadian contribution to sustainable economic growth.
For more information on RGD’s current and upcoming activities, please contact Christine Meehan, Project Officer.