Rebuilding Ukraine by Reinforcing Regional and Municipal Governance

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EU Funded Note

Prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Ukraine had made significant progress in implementing ambitious regional development and decentralisation reforms. These reforms resulted in the creation of 1 469 amalgamated municipalities, the establishment of an elaborate multi-level regional development planning framework, as well as a significant increase in local public service delivery, and public funding for regional and local development. However, the reforms faced a number of challenges, many of which have been significantly exacerbated by Russia’s war against Ukraine. These challenges include increasing regional economic, demographic and well-being disparities, a fragmented regional development funding framework, as well as marked discrepancies in municipal administrative, human resource and fiscal capacity. This report presents an in-depth analysis of Ukraine’s progress in implementing its multi-level governance reforms and explores the role of subnational governments in disaster management. From there, it recommends how Ukraine, together with international partners, can use multi-level governance, regional development and decentralisation to support subnational reconstruction and recovery to address urgent humanitarian needs, rebuild local economies and communities, and strengthen their resilience.

English Also available in: Ukrainian


Ce rapport présente une analyse approfondie des progrès réalisés par l'Ukraine dans la mise en œuvre de ses réformes de gouvernance à plusieurs niveaux, et explore le rôle des gouvernements infranationaux dans la gestion des catastrophes. À partir de là, il présente des recommandations sur comment l'Ukraine, en lien avec ses partenaires internationaux, peut utiliser la gouvernance à plusieurs niveaux, le développement régional et la décentralisation pour soutenir la reconstruction et le redressement au niveau infranational afin de répondre aux besoins humanitaires urgents, de reconstruire les économies et les communautés locales et de renforcer leur résilience.

French Also available in: Ukrainian, English

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