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Since July, 2014 UNDP Ukraine has been assessing the gender equality related corruption risks and vulnerabilities in civil service in partnership with the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. Within the study, the questionnaire survey with 100 officials of the Ministry, 4 focus-groups with the representatives of sectoral departments, and 2 in-depth interviews were held to find out whether the corruption in civil service is gender-specific.
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On the photo: The staffs of the CASP can now easily explain the procedure of applying for the administrative social services

In Novograd-Volynskiy, the ambient accountability approach was applied to raise transparency of the CASP operation, accountability and integrity of civil servants.

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The first in Ukraine mobile app “Mobile Ivano-Frankivsk” was created by the municipality under UNDP support to make itself more citizen-oriented due to use of the ICT and to raise accessibility and transparency of the administrative service provision by the city authorities to the citizens.

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Motivated to innovate

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One usual day in the office I received the invitation to the forthcoming training “Introduction to Innovation” to be held on November 18-19, 2013 in Kyiv. I got immediately excited about participation in this event because of the following reasons:

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On the photo – Oleg Levchenko, author of the project idea on hyperlocal social network for Vinnytsya

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I met with Oleg Levchenko, executive director of the CSO “Podillya Agency for Regional Development”, during the conference on smart cities development which UNDP Ukraine organized in Vinnytsya municipality in July 2012. I was impressed by his passion and commitment when he made presentation about the e-governance and e-democracy tools aimed at improving the effective municipal governance applied under his leadership in Vinnytsya (see mentioned presentation by the link below, in Ukrainian).

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Have you ever visited the picturesque Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk? If not, you will soon be able to virtually visit it in your mobile phone. Under support of the UNDP Regional Anti Corruption Project (managed by UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre), we are developing the applications for the smartphones and tablets with the information about Ivano-Frankivsk municipality, its executive authorities and the public services they provide. If you happen to be unsatisfied with the quality of service or see that things go wrong with transparency and accountability of the service provision, you’ll also have a tool to report about it to the responsible officials of the municipality and state authorities. 
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Kyiv citizens helping each other

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Photo – Inspired.com.ua

Heavy snowfalls were expected in Kyiv, but still noone was prepared to something like this. Paralyzed roads, cars in the streets covered with snow, empty bread shelves in the shops – all look weird. Most of the Facebooks posts these days are about “51st-54th February”, views out of people’s windows, their stories about how they spent a night in their car on the road running out of fuel or tried to release it from snow the following day etc. Some of my friends even decorated the New Year tree again and had fun during the weekend.

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On the photo: Centre for Administrative Service Provision in Voznesensk, Ukraine

Is citizens’ voice heard by the authorities? Here in Ukraine we often doubt it; for example, when we see that the Members of Parliament approved almost 8 times more money in the state budget 2013 for maintaining the MP’s recreational sanatoriums compared to the funds allocated for recreation of children across the whole country. Would the proportion be the same if citizens were asked about their preferences?

The same applies to the process of administrative service provision. 54% of Ukrainians are fully or mostly unsatisfied with the quality of administrative service provision at local level. Reasons include complexity of the administrative procedures; lack of proper information from the authorities; lengthy terms of service provision; uncomfortable work schedules of the administrative bodies; and many others. But can citizens influence this situation?
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Like many other cities across the globe, 454 Ukrainian municipalities face many problems in their efforts to make people’s lives better. Poverty is one of them. In Ukraine, it does not take extreme forms of hunger or high mortality rates because of lack of drinking water, like in some parts of the world, but it is one of the uppermost social issues in our country. Varying about 24% of population, it determines low access of the poor to quality services in education, health care, culture and child development. It also causes disparity in incomes, social tension, and lead to crises in the families and in society. Families with children and living in rural areas are at the forefront of poverty in Ukraine.

To provide access to municipalities of Ukraine to the best knowledge and effective solutions of the local development problems, UNDP supported participation of 7 Ukrainian delegates in the 8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty.
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When I visited Zurich municipality together with a delegation of Ukrainian Mayors during the study tour on efficient practices of local self-governance in 2010, the representatives of the Mayor’s office proudly shared with us the statistics, how many of the municipal officials use bikes to get to their office. Together with the traffic-congestion early warning system, this choice makes the local traffic evenly distributed and the environment clean.
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