RGD’s training participants design public infrastructure projects
Since February 2011, the RGD team has been working with over 80 trainees - civil servants, entrepreneurs and community leaders from 13 regions of Ukraine - on developing skills to support regional economic development. Specifically, the trainees are acquiring practical tools to prepare and manage projects that would improve public infrastructure across Ukraine. They are also developing skills on conducting gender and social impact assessments and environmental impact assessments for their respective projects up to international standards.
Our training program is practice-based and results-oriented, allowing our trainees to work in teams of two to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to actual case studies. For example, the team from Khmelnytskyi Regional State Administration is designing a comprehensive airport improvement project. Their project includes parameters to tackle the airport’s water supply and waste water facility, to expand shopping outlets and service areas, and to enlarge the landing strip to accommodate heavier aircrafts. The total estimated cost for the project is $18 million, of which the regional budget could contribute only about $1 million. The remaining funds would be derived from other sources. For this purpose, RGD is working with the project team to develop a portfolio containing all necessary background information that a potential investor would expect.
To provide another example of the types of infrastructure projects being designed by RGD trainees, the team from Ternopil City is designing a project to revamp the area’s outdated water and waste water infrastructure. Albeit an important and indeed necessary initiative, the City has not allocated any funds for this project. Therefore, RGD’s trainers are working with the project team to prepare all necessary documentation to apply for a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
RGD’s ToT program provides its participants not only with relevant knowledge and skills but also gives them confidence that their projects could be successful. That is the greatest motivation for them to embark on a long and not always easy journey which, nevertheless, starts as all journeys do, with the first step.
For more information about the RGD’s training program, please contact Vitaliy Kuchynsky at firstname.lastname@example.org