Strong cities. Strong Ukraine

Project description

Title: Integrated urban development in Ukraine
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Ukraine
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine
Overall term: 2015 to 2018

In the cities of Zhytomyr, Poltava, Chernivtsi and Vinnytsia, the citizens participate in political and economic development processes. The negative environmental impacts of urban growth are curbed and the cities’ vital natural resource base is improved.


The project has set out to sustainably enhance the living conditions of urban populations. The cities must enable their administrations to assume the many new tasks entailed in local self-government in a professional manner, and to improve cooperation and coordination with the people. The cities are to become growth centres for an economically and democratically strong Ukraine. The Ministry of Regional Development, which is responsible for the reforms, has declared that the Charter on Sustainable European Cities is to serve as the guiding principle for sustainable urban development, as have all 28 EU member countries. The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is cofinancing the project.

The cities of Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Poltava and Chernivtsi are elaborating integrated urban development plans for completion by the end of 2017. An engaging and imaginative training programme is allowing decision-makers to learn about presentation and facilitation techniques, in addition to new methods, procedures and standards used in modern, sustainable urban development. Taking the integrated development plan as a basis, the cities are to draw up sector plans for urban mobility and plan selected infrastructure projects ready for implementation. Comprehensive improvements are being made to the training and continuing professional development available to urban planners, and the legal and administrative frameworks are being thoroughly modernised. All Ukrainian towns and cities will have full access to project knowledge and enhance their national and international cooperation.

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