About the Inception Phase

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SKL International implemented the Inception Phase of the Programme “U-LEAD with Europe” to contibute to the decentralization process in Ukraine through the establishment of effective Administrative Service Centres.

The Inception Phase ran from October 2016 to December 2017 and covered the following aspects of creating and maintaining Administrative Service Centres:


The overall objective of the Programme “U-LEAD with Europe” is to contribute to the establishment of multilevel governance, which is transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of people in Ukraine.

Background and relevance

During 2014 and 2015, Ukraine adopted a number of laws aiming to provide an enabling environment for decentralization reforms and consolidation of local self-governance. The process requires external support in such areas as improving service delivery, community security and social cohesion at the local, regional and national levels. As a response to the above needs, the European Commission adopted the Programme “U-LEAD with Europe” and budgeted 97 million euros for 2016-2020 (ENI/2015/038 – 739).

The government’s commitment and the provided technical assistance under the Programme “U-LEAD with Europe” and other donors’ programmes create a momentum to implement the decentralisation reforms successfully. The integration of service delivery is an essential part of the decentralisation reform package, and relates specifically to improving the accessibility and quality of public services. There is a need to create new Administrative Service Centres, primarily in capable amalgamated communities, and modernising the existing ASCs in small and medium-size towns.

Programme structure

The Programme “U-LEAD with Europe” consists of two components. The first component is aimed at strengthening the capacity to implement reforms, decentralization and regional policies. The component is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The second component focuses on establishing effective Administrative Service Centres and increasing public awareness of the local self-governance, and is implemented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through delegated cooperation. Sida is planning to implement the Component 2 in two phases: an inception phase of 15 months, and a roll-out phase covering the rest of the implementation period.

The role of SKL International

SIDA has provided a grant to the Swedish Association of Local and Regional Governments (SALAR) to deliver activities in the inception phase (15 months). SALAR is implementing the Programme through SKL International, a subsidiary of SALAR that implements the organisation’s development cooperation projects.