Decentralisation in Ukraine

Achievements, expectations and concerns

The need for the decentralisation of public administration has been on Ukraine’s agenda since the first days of its independence. Systematic changes were introduced immediately after the Maidan clashes and the change of government in early 2014. On 1 April 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the ‘Concept of the reform of local self-government and the territorial organisation of power in Ukraine’. What has been achieved over almost three years of reform? What are the expectations and concerns of Ukrainians? What elements require more attention from the public and the government? These are the questions researched in this paper.

This report is based on the analysis of information collected during focus groups and interviews. The study was carried out to measure the attitude of Ukrainians to various aspects of the decentralisation reform, identify possible reasons for resistance to its implementation on the part of different social groups, as well as their expectations and concerns, and develop information and communication recommendations for relevant national authorities. The study was conducted by the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) with the assistance of International Alert, and funding from the European Union.