|Association of Economic Development of Ivano-Frankivsk|
Strengthening institutional capacity and establishment of a community development network in the Ivano-Frankivsk Region
This project strived to unite the most active representatives of local communities around professional and institutionally developed non-governmental organizations working in the sphere of community development. During project implementation, mechanisms of delegating certain functions and authorities of local governments to non-governmental organizations were developed. These functions and authorities were mainly related to the development and implementation of community strategies and development projects and programs. Activities of non-governmental organizations and their network are aimed to take some of these delegated functions and become hubs of innovation, which then became a model for replication in other communities, since the established network would have sufficiently strong informational, methodological, and qualified human resources. Non-governmental organizations, members of the network, also play the role of business development support centers and provide local businesses with information, consultation, legal, training and resource services (i.e. access to computers and Internet, email, etc.). As the network became established, more non-governmental organizations joined it, which drastically increased the percentage of citizens involved to the decision-making in the community and capable of implement and protect their civic rights and freedoms.