Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Council Approves Programme to Promote Civil Society Development

Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Council supported the draft Oblast-level Programme to Promote Civil Society Development for 2014 - 2015. The decision was approved by a majority vote at the Council session on 15 November, 2013.

In contrast to the previous version of the draft Programme, that was submitted for review by the Oblast State Administration, it was Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Council that initiated development of the new draft and will implement the approved Programme through its executive body.
These developments were obviously substantially facilitated by a roundtable conducted in Ivano-Frankivsk on 30 October. The roundtable participants discussed the need to adopt the abovementioned programme with participation of chief executives of the oblast State Administration, factions of the Oblast Council and CSO experts.
The Programme to Promote Civil Society Development in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast seeks to establish favourable preconditions for further development of civil society in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, to improve cooperation between local executive bodies, local authorities and civil society institutions, to address jointly issues of social development of the oblast and regional policy, to support socially significant public initiatives, to enhance institutional capacity of public councils.

The overall amount of financial resources necessary for implementation of the Programme reaches UAH 850 thousand. The Programme will be financed from funds of the oblast budget.

A substantial share of these funds will be directly distributed between NGOs of the oblast through contests of projects and programmes for attainment of regional policy objectives. In particular, they cover the following dimensions: socio-economic development, cultural and educational activities, patriotic education, local studies, protection of historical and cultural monuments, analytical activities and social studies, provision of assistance to socially vulnerable population groups, environmental security, combating corruption, etc.

The Programme implementation also stipulates a number of measures intended: to ensure cooperation between authorities and civil society institutions in the course of development and implementation of regional policies; to enhance professional level and institutional capacity of civil society institutions and authorities in the sphere of application of public participation mechanisms in development and implementation of the state policy; to implement measures for intensification of CSO activities for civil society development.