Ukraine ranks 76. (2011) in the HDI (Human Development Index) published by the UNDP, which annually monitors the social and economic development of countries around the world. Ukraine proclaimed its independence in 1991, setting out on a path of long-term, internal social, economic and political reforms. Due to our common border and Ukraine's geopolitical significance, the country remains an important regional partner for Poland. The right to jointly organize the EURO 2012 Football Championship, awarded in 2007, became an additional stimulus for closer cooperation between government administrations of the two countries.
Actions in 2013
In 2013, a total of 21 projects were undertaken, of which 13 were selected through the call for proposals Polish Development Aid 2013 (for the amount of PLN 3.7 mln), and 8 are carried out with the participation of Polish central administration units (PLN 1.9 mln). In the framework of the Small Grants System, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Kiev implemented 8 projects of total value amounting to PLN 0.8 mln (see full list).
In 2013 the Polish development cooperation activity in Ukraine is performed according to the following priorities (non-governmental organization projects, local governmental units, government administration units):
- Public security and border management (4 projects – PLN 0.62 mln)
Actions aimed in particular at increasing the competences of subjects and services responsible for public safety, crisis management and environmental protection.
- Regional development and public administration capacity building (9 projects – PLN 2.42 mln),
Actions servingthe strengthening of local government in modern public utility services management, real estate management and energy saving, as well as increasing the attractiveness of Ukrainian cities.
- Small and medium enterprises and creation of new jobs (8 projects – PLN 2.56 mln)
Actions aimed at the development of innovative technologies based on renewable energy sources and water saving technologies for SMEs, facilitating the access to information for people starting or conducting business activities, encouraging the creation and supporting producer groups and cooperatives, support for the development of microenterprises and small firms as well as granting employment support to women.
Program Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration (EPAPA)
In 2013 Ukrainian officials were invited to take part in the next edition of the Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration, which aims at the strengthening of public administration in the Eastern Partnership countries through the organization of specialized courses for officials from partner states. The goal is to create a professional public administration personnel in the Eastern Partnership countries, which shall serve as a base of experts assisting in the implementation of the principles of a democratic state with the rule of law.
The academy was conducted in cooperation with the National School of Public Administration (KSAP) and devoted to the issue of civil service.
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Actions in 2012
A total of 26 projects were implemented (see full list) amounting to PLN 6,691,251, including 19 projects selected as part of the 2012 Polish Development Assistance call for proposals, and 7 implemented with support from Polish central government agencies (amounting to PLN 1,514,594). As part of the small grants programme, the Polish Embassy in Kiev implemented 7 projects valued at 805 000 PLN. Furthermore, 21 projects amounting to PLN 2,398,994 were implemented in the framework of a call for proposals organized by the Solidarity Fund PL.
In 2012 Polish activities in the field of development cooperation in Ukraine was based on the following priorities:
- public safety and border management (8 projects – PLN 1,922,513)
The measures concerned, in particular, support for entities responsible for public safety and environmental protection.
- regional development and building the potential of public and local government administration (9 projects – PLN 2,294,780),
Measures focused on strengthening the dialogue between regional government administration offices and local government on the one hand, and NGOs on the other hand; boosting local government in the area of modern management of communal services, property management and energy efficiency; professionalization of the territorial management system; and support in establishing a regional development policy.
- small and medium enterprises and creating jobs (9 projects – PLN 2,473,958)
Measures were aimed, among others, at developing innovative technologies based on alternative sources of energy and energy efficient technologies in SMEs, facilitating access to information supporting people setting up and operating businesses, initiating the setting up of producers’ groups and cooperatives and supporting existing ones, and supporting the development of microenterprises and the professional activation of women.
In 2012, 14 Ukrainian civil servants took part in the second edition of a programme of the Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration whose aim was to strengthen government administration in the Eastern Partnership countries through the organisation of specialist training courses for civil servants from the EaP partnership countries. The programme trains professional civil servants in the EaP countries who then provide the necessary expertise needed to implement the rule of law. The training courses, organised in collaboration with the National School of Public Administration involved value-based management, the economics of public finance and security and defence policies.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the National School of Public Administration, organised a SENSE (Strategic Economic Needs and Security Exercise) training, attended by 10 representatives of the Ukrainian government administration and the private sector. SENSE is a training programme that uses computer simulation to run a market-economy country. The main objective of the programme is to strengthen the government administration of the beneficiary countries, promoting reforms and rules of good governance at the national and local levels.
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- Ukraine - projects carried out in 2012
- ECO-OPERATION – recycling in the Vinnytsia and Khmelnytskyi Oblasts
- Support for the Ukrainian property management market
- Ukrainian fire-fighters trained by Polish counterparts
- Ukrainian students on their path to a professional career
Actions in 2011
In the framework of Poland’s 2011 development cooperation programme, 37 projects were implemented in Ukraine (including 4 projects implemented jointly in several countries, i.e. Moldova, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine). The total financing amounted to PLN 8 734 636, expended by NGOs, government administration and local self-government bodies, as well as 8 small grants projects implemented by the Polish Embassy in Kiev, amounting to PLN 330 625.05. The projects were implemented in the framework of the following priorities:
- Good governance, in particular: preventing and combating corruption, initiatives to approximate Ukrainian law to meet EU standards (judiciary, customs and border services, real estate trade and cadastre legislation), pension reform, urban management in the field of municipal services, and EaP initiatives (25 projects worth a total of PLN 5 927 939);
- Rural development and agriculture, in particular: support for agriculture advocacy, activation of local communities to help raise rural living conditions (9 projects worth a total of PLN 2 019 647);
- SMEs, in particular: energy efficiency and waste disposal projects, activation of SME umbrella organizations (3 projects worth a total of PLN 787 050).
Actions in 2010
Projects implemented in the framework of the 2010 foreign aid programme corresponded to the principal support areas for Ukraine, as defined in the Polish foreign aid programme, and consisted of institutional development and promotion of good governance, local government cooperation, European and Euro-Atlantic integration (including reforms of the judiciary system, customs and border services, as well as rural development) and energy efficiency.
In 2010, 44 aid projects were implemented in Ukraine by NGOs, government administration, local government bodies and research-and-development entities. Moreover, the Polish Embassy in Kiev, in cooperation with the German-Polish-Ukrainian Association, implemented a project entitled, "Give the Children a Home - Reconstruction of Building No. 2 in the ‘Our Children' Centre." The aim of the project was to create and popularize an alternative childcare model in Ukraine. The project budget amounted to PLN 649 850.
The total cost of activities implemented in Ukraine in the framework of the 2010 Polish foreign aid programmed amounted to ca. PLN 11.9 million.
Actions in 2009
In 2009, Polish development aid for Ukraine focused on the following areas:
local government and territorial reform;
strengthening central government bodies and supporting processes of alignment with EU standards (in the area of the judiciary system, customs and border services);
economic reform (esp. aid in drafting laws on land sale and cadastre, implementing energy efficiency projects, support in FTA and Association Agreement negotiations);
supporting agriculture (including phytosanitary issues, specialized trainings and internships for employees of agricultural organizations);
supporting European and Euro-Atlantic integration activities.
In 2009, 75 projects were implemented in Ukraine, with appropriations of over PLN 9 million. Additional funds were transferred towards OECD and NATO-led projects.
More information on all 2009 projects can be found in the Annual Report on "Poland's Development Co-operation Programme" (see Documents and Publications).
Actions in 2008
Priority development aid sectors in 2008 included:
local government and territorial reform (including regional and transborder cooperation);
strengthening central government bodies;
systemic economic reforms;
social reform (education system reform, youth exchanges, pension system and health care reform, aid for homeless people and people with disabilities);
rural and agricultural development;
building civil society;
obtaining EU funds.
In 2008, 96 projects were implemented in Ukraine, with appropriations of over PLN 17 million. Additional support for Ukraine was provided in the framework of humanitarian aid (victims of flooding - PLN 1.5 million) and transfers towards the financing of projects implemented by UNIDO, OECD, OSCE and NATO.
More information on all 2008 projects can be found in the Annual Report on "Poland's Development Co-operation Programme" (see Documents and Publications).