Municipal Partnership Projects Initiative
of the U-LEAD with Europe
The Municipal Partnerships initiative aims to enhance the capacity of municipalities to prepare investment projects independently and improve access to funding resources.
In Spring 2021, 195 project ideas were submitted by almost 400 municipalities applying partnership approach: 130 of these project ideas were selected for further capacity development support and were considered solid project ideas.
In September, representatives of 130 selected project ideas received training on how to develop their project ideas into concepts with a budget and programme for realization, including consideration of key management and cross-cutting issues. Seven clusters of project ideas, based on commonalities in issues and key problems to be solved during development were organised. Municipalities then submitted detailed project concepts: a total of 71 project concepts were received.
In the first week of November the U-LEAD with Europe conducted eight special sector trainings for the seven clusters of the local development projects of regional significance, the first being used to show municipalities how to conduct feasibility studies, environmental impact assessment and develop project budgets. Special cluster trainings covered SMEs and Business Parks, Tourism and Recreation, Water and Waste Management, Environmental Management, Energy Efficiency, Transport and Mobility and Public Services . Training was delivered by a team of Ukrainian and international experts.
These events are being followed on with two half-day events on investment finance.
The presentations are being delivered by EBRD, Ministry of Communities and Territories Development, Ministry of Finance, UkrGasBank, the EU Poland-Belarus-Ukraine CBC. Four types of financing are covered: IFI financing by EBRD and EIB, grants and subventions from the state budget, commercial debt and support for infrastructure in the CBCs. Municipalities will be undertaking a practical exercise to determine which type of financing is most appropriate for their projects.
Once municipalities have made any final changes to their concepts using the training inputs, there will be four parallel finance-oriented selection panels to choose approximately 30 project proposals that can be submitted for financing. The panels will include representatives of the financial institutions.
Once the finalists have been identified, each will have a small support programme
from U-LEAD that will assist in the detailed pre-feasibility stage that will take place during the first quarter of 2022. The finalists will also be presented as concrete
examples in the International Expert Exchange linked to Decentralisation Week
from 7th December 2021.