Balta develops the civil society and intersectoral partnership
The town of Balta (Odessa oblast, Ukraine) is one of the four municipalities in the South of Ukraine that have become pilots of the BRD-NET project (Black Sea Regional Development Network). The essence of the project is to transfer the experience in regional development from Visegrad countries to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The project is implemented by the Regional Development Centre ‘Top-Kaya’, in cooperation with partners from the Visegrad countries as well as from Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian municipalities.
On 10 September, Balta hosted its first project event – the Dialogue of Partners, which brought together representatives of different sectors to discuss the local development issues.
The First Deputy Mayor Eduard Rabinovich explained the expectations of the Balta City Council.
“We understand that EU funds were a noticeable contribution to the funding of local development in the Visegrad countries who became members of the EU. We consider that attraction of such funds is only possible through adherence to the standards of the European Union at the stage of project development. The training course therefore is an important matter for us”.
Eduard Rabinovich also noted that the local government is open to cooperation with NGOs and entrepreneurs, especially in developing infrastructure projects. The poor condition of infrastructure impedes investment attraction to the town, obstructs the growth of businesses, and as a result negatively affects the financial condition of the municipality. The other priority is to create an active civil society by fostering the information space and involving the public into the discussion of the local community’s problems.
The Dialogue of Partners in Balta resulted in organization of the Local Development Group that includes eight members. The Group will continue working on the problems and prospects of the town on an ongoing basis, and will become a local expert community. Some LDG participants will also take part in the international on-line course on project development en.develop.org.ua/course/
The project is implemented by the Regional Development Centre ‘Top-Kaya’ in partnership with organizations from Georgia, Moldova and Visegrad countries, and is supported by the International Visegrad Fund www.visegradfund.org