Samarbetsland: Ukraina

Demokratier behöver starka kvinnor

Som en del av det 18 månader långa utbildningsprogrammet träffades 23 internationella toppolitiker i Sverige under två veckor. De tog del av föreläsningar, workshops, studiebesök och gjorde Kommun- eller landstingspraktik hos svenska kollegor. Tack vare ett nära samarbete med SKL är 15 svenska toppolitiker mentorer i ledarprogrammet. Samarbetet stärker ledarskapet både för deltagare och mentorer och bidrar även till att öka jämställdheten eftersom det ger stöd till kvinnor i ledande positioner och skapar förebilder. 

Den första veckan när deltagarna var på plats i Visby innehåller programmet ett besök hos landshövding Cecilia Schelin Seidegård och ett studiebesök på Region Gotland.

De 23 deltagarna från 12 av ICLD:s samarbetsländer antogs i våras till den fjärde omgången av ICLD:s program ”Local Political Leders – Capacitating Women in Politics”. Deltagarna kommer från Indien, Indonesien, Kenya, Makedonien, Namibia, Serbien, Sydafrika, Tanzania, Turkiet, Uganda, Ukraina och Zambia. I april 2016 inleddes utbildningen med workshops i Kisumu, Kenya, för de afrikanska och asiatiska deltagarna samt i maj i Belgrad, Serbien, för deltagarna från östra Europa. 


— Programmet spelar en viktig roll för ökad jämställdhet i de lokala politiska församlingarna internationellt. Demokratier behöver starka kvinnor. Svenska politiska församlingar är de mest jämställda i världen, med 38 procent av kommunstyrelseordföranden som är kvinnor. Det globala genomsnittet är 9 procent toppolitiker som är kvinnor på lokal nivå, säger programansvarig Kristin Ekström, ICLD.

Syftet med utbildningens vistelse i Sverige under oktober var att deltagarna skulle stärkas i sitt politiska ledarskap, genom att få en inblick i folkvalda kvinnors verklighet i Sverige, varvat med föreläsningar och workshops. Den andra veckan, den 24-28 oktober, började med en workshop i Stockholm som arrangerades tillsammans med Lena Lindgren på SKL. Där mötte deltagarna också sina mentorer, som också stod värdar för besöken i en kommun eller ett landsting och dit deltagarna följde med sin värd den 25-27 oktober.

En av mentorerna är Agneta Blom, kommunfullmäktigeordförande i Örebro med 14 års erfarenhet i politiken. 

— Jag är verkligen imponerad av allt engagemang hos dessa kvinnor. Många av dem är i ledande positioner och de försöker inspirera andra kvinnor. Jag kan se att vi har en hel del gemensamt och att vi kan verkligen bidra till varandras utveckling som ledare i hållbara lokala demokratier, säger Agneta Blom.

Human Rights Based Approach

The overall goal of the training is to strengthen the municipalities’ capacity and contribute to the ongoing and new change management processes designed to achieve socioeconomic development. The goal is also to strengthen the institutional capacity and the integration of a rights based thinking at local level and in the municipal service.

The following countries are eligible for the programme: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.

The programme period: 2022-2023.

Participants should be politicians, officials from municipal or regional councils/administrations and representatives from civil society organizations that cooperate with the local or regional administration in the field of local democracy, decentralization, human rights and good governance.

Women’s Political Leadership

If you are a local political leader in any of the OECD-DAC listed ODA-countries, a woman and most importantly, an agent of change – this programme is for you.

The 12-months training focuses on developing political leadership skills and is open only to women who hold an elected seat in a local or regional government in any of the OECD-DAC listed ODA-countries. All parts of the training are based on equity, participation, transparency and accountability, and the goal is to strengthen democracy in the organizations taking part in the training, primarily by strengthening the politician herself, as well as capacitating women politicians in general to be good role models and to get a higher involvement of underrepresented groups in decision making bodies. 

The training is implemented in cooperation with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). 

Who can apply?

All countries on the OECD-DAC listed ODA-eligible countries, are eligible for the upcoming cohort of the programme, but if a local election is held during the year when the training takes place, the country is temporarily taken off the list. See the list.

Of all the mayors in the world, only 5% are women, they need to be more. Therefore we will for a few coming cohorts prioritize applicants holding a position of Mayor or Deputy Mayor as we broadened the programme to the entire OECD-DAC. We hope that this programme contributes to good role models for increased representation.

Closing date for applications for the present cohort was 8 September 2023.The programme period is one year from February 2024 to January 2025.

Next application period for cohort 11 will be launched in May 2024. More information to be posted.

FAQ for the application

When is the date for the upcoming application period?
Next application period for cohort 11 will be between May and August 2024

What political position do I need to have in my local government?
ICLD will prioritize applicants holding the position of Mayor or Deputy Mayor but will also exceptionally accept applicants who are Councilor.

What countries are eligible for the programme?
All countries on the OECD-DAC listed ODA-eligible countries, are eligible for the programme, but if a local election is held during the year when the training takes place, the country is temporarily taken off the list. See the list.

If I have any questions regarding my application, when can I get answers?
Send an email to: erika.berglin@icld.se

Inspiration from previous participants in the programme

Trina – Pioneering Women’s Leadership in Politics


Waste and wastewater management

This is a three-party project with Debica, Poland as the third part.

The cooperation is in the field of municipal technical services and is aimed at addressing waste and waste water management. The project is for two years and the main activities planned for are geared towards addressing:

  • Sewage treatment
  • Drainage
  • Sustainable management of environmental hazards from the sewage
  • Recycling

The activities will be employed with an environmental perspective in mind and the personnel will be trained in relevant areas in order to achieve the project goals and objectives. Technical trainings will be the main planned activity but also exchange visits will be used as a forum for building the staffs capacities.

It is hoped that at the end of the project period, there will be a fully serviced and functional sewerage system in Rudky municipality and that the staff will be technically capable to address all the relevant issues and also the schools in the area will be well equipped and educated in the areas of waste sorting and recycling and general sustainable waste management.

Projektområde
Technical Services and Infrastructure
Svensk partner
Härjedalens kommun
Internationell partner
Rudky Municipality

Ja-Va-Sha local self government 1

This is a three-party cooperation and the third part is Valgamaa, Estonia.
Ja-Va-Sha local self government 1 stands for co-operation between Jämtland-Valgamaa-Shatsk. The partners in this project will work with self government in the county of Jämtland in Sweden, the county of Valgamaa in Estonia and Shatsk Rajon in Ukraine.

The partners plan for three seminars during this first year of co-operation. One week of seminars and study visits in each county. 15 people from Shatsk Rajon administration, 5 from Valgamaa and 5 from Jämtland will participate during the project.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Through seminars and study visits train and inform approximately 25 civil servants and politicians in Shatsk on how Swedish and Estonian local and regional governmental system work.
  • Prepare the Shatsk Rajon on how to work with rural development planning.
  • Develop Nordic and Baltic contacts in Ukraine.

The expected result from the cooperation project is Shatsk has begun the implementation of its development plan.

There are also expected results related to the participating partners’ organizations, such as improved gender equality, personal skills developed among the participants and a developed network between Shatsk, Valgamaa and Jämtland.

Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance
Svensk partner
Kommunförbundet i Jämtlands län
Internationell partner
Shatsk Rajon

Children’s Great Growth

This is a three-party cooperation and the third part is Ukmerge, Lithuania.

The aim of the project is transferring of knowledge and exchange of experiences in order to strengthen the possibilities for children in Kamyanets-Podilskyi Ukraine, Ukmerge Lithuania and in Herrljunga Municipality to get a good growth.

The starting point of the project is to strengthen the work with prevention, discover and remediate social problems. The methodology of family centers is essential in the project. This is a methodology that starts with the needs of the child and its family which provides through cooperation between different groups.

The expected short-term results are:

  • 4 seminars will be held
  • 3 follow-up seminars will be carried out
  • 15 persons participate in the seminars and the follow-up
  • 1 training material on the methodology related to family centrals is developed
  • 3 development strategies for establishment and the development of family central methodology are prepared
  • One Training of Trainers on family centrals is carried out
  • 12 trainers are trained
  • One training material for training of family centrals is prepared.

The expected long-term results are:

  • Improved conditions to prevent social problems related to families or future families
  • Improved conditions to discover social problems in families or future families
  • Improved conditions to utilize adequate measures to prevent and remedy social problems in families or future families
  • Influence the work of gender equality
  • Reduced number of children taken into temporary custody (as a consequence from the preventive work).
Projektområde
Social care and wellbeing
Svensk partner
Herrljunga kommun
Internationell partner
Kamyanets Podilskiy

Promoting Youth Participation

The projects overall objective is to expand and deepen the dialogue between local authorities, civil society and youth.

It seeks to expand the possibilities for youth between 15-30 to participate in the development of the local community.

We want to make a contribution into improvement of dialogue between young people, youth NGO:s and local authorities in Horlivka and Åmål. As a part of this objective, we hope that with opening the volunteer centre Horlivka youth, step by step will realize the importance of non-paid work for the good of the community.

Projektområde
Social care and wellbeing
Svensk partner
Åmåls kommun
Internationell partner
Horlivka Town Council

Family Centre for Children’s Rights

Overall objective is to develop activities to reduce child mortality and child poverty and thus increase the life expectancy in Ukraine and Lithuania.

Co-ordination of existing resources are prioritized and parenting means that both mother and father involvement. The target is connected to the CRC that describes the child’s right to safety, respect and secure childhood. Family Centre as tools means that more children in families at risk can be detected early, women who are at risk of abuse, assault or other complications can get support and help early in a pregnancy, and to some extent protected against intimidation and beatings if necessary. If more children can be taken care of by the parents themselves, they will orphanages who are ready to receive all who need to be placed where home conditions become too bad for the child to be left behind.

This means that no child “left over” to be used for slave labor, prostitution or sent off to richer countries, never to be found again. The welfare benefit it means that the population can grow up with a good health and safety is huge, but this is not a country built and developed. In Kamjanec Podolskiy we aim to prevent the child must be disposed of to the parents for some reason can not take care of it. A reduction of disposal over the long term will be 50% thanks to running the business in the family center form and preventive activities (here, official figures compared to “real” and it should be done on the spot if possible).

Projektområde
Social care and wellbeing
Svensk partner
Herrljunga kommun
Internationell partner
Kamjanec-Podilskyj

Zmejevka Agriculture 2016-2019

In 1930 Gotland received the majority of the returning Swedes from Gammalsvenskbyn in Ukraine that had arrived in Sweden the year before. These Swedish villagers have been a very substantial part of Gotland society ever since. The Ukraine was liberated in 1991 and in 2001 a sister cities’ agreement between the Municipality of Gotland and Gammalsvenskby 2001 was signed. The village Gammalsvenskby is now called Zmejevka. Currently Zmejevka has about 2 400 inhabitants. Most of them live off of small-scale farming. The standard of living in Zmejevka is comparable to the standard of living on Gotland 50 years ago.

An Inception Phase feasibility study was completed 2014-2015, ICLD 2014-0011. In that study we jointly concluded what mutual areas of needs we could use as a basis for a future collaboration. The greatest needs as identified in the Inception Phase study are in the development of democracy, tourism and agriculture.

The main problem is that today there is no real cooperation between the stakeholders in Zmejevka, especially around their main source of income, small-scale farming. There are no democratic platforms / agencies where agricultural development questions can be discussed. The lack of democratic work and capacity is obvious. There is also no knowledge exchange between the self sufficient farmers.

The main objective of the project is to set up an Agriculture Committee which will be an executive subgroup of Bysovjeten (the village council). This subgroup is meant to serve as a democratic platform where agricultural needs and opportunities can be actively discussed. The committee’s function contributes to positive economic development in Zmejevka.

Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance
Svensk partner
Region Gotland
Internationell partner
Zmejevka Mayor