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External Evaluation of Local Self-Government and the Rule of Law in Ukraine

The purpose of the project that should be evaluated is to strengthen rule of law principles in the provision of administrative services at the local level, working together with local partners. The project regards service delivery is the primary point of interaction between citizens and the local government. Three interlinked components have been its focus:

1)    Self-assessment of rule of law principles in local self-government – this component comprises the majority of activities and is the driving factor to achieve the project objective. The component is made up of two key processes:

a.    Assessments based on the FBA/UNDP Users’ Guide for Assessing Rule of Law in Public Administration.

b.    Drafting and implementing action plans based on assessment findings and recommendations.

2)    Capacity building and development for local authorities, and

3)    Public monitoring and advocacy/support to civil society in legal awareness.

The implementation period for the project was initially expected to last from 2014 to the end of 2017. It was, however, prolonged for one year, until the end of 2018. The project is financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) with a total of approximately SEK 28 million.