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Rebuilding Ukraine by Reinforcing Regional and Municipal Governance

EU Funded Note Prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Ukraine had made significant progress in implementing ambitious regional development and decentralisation reforms. These reforms resulted in the creation of 1 469 amalgamated municipalities, the establishment of an elaborate multi-level regional development planning framework, as well as a significant increase in local public service delivery, and public funding for regional and local development. However, the reforms faced a number of challenges, many of which have been significantly exacerbated by Russia’s war against Ukraine. These challenges include increasing regional economic, demographic and well-being disparities, a fragmented regional development funding framework, as well as marked discrepancies in municipal administrative, human resource and fiscal capacity. This report presents an in-depth analysis of Ukraine’s progress in implementing its multi-level governance reforms and explores the role of subnational governments in disaster management. From there, it recommends how Ukraine, together with international partners, can use multi-level governance, regional development and decentralisation to support subnational reconstruction and recovery to address urgent humanitarian needs, rebuild local economies and communities, and strengthen their resilience.

Published on December 02, 2022Also available in: Ukrainian

In series:OECD Multi-level Governance Studiesview more titles


Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive Summary
Assessment and recommendations
Supporting post-war recovery with place-based regional development4 chapters available
Towards a place-based approach for an effective post-war recovery
Setting the scene: A volatile context for regional development
Ukraine’s regional and municipal development policy frameworks
Public funding for regional development in Ukraine
Making the most of decentralisation for post-war recovery3 chapters available
Advances in Ukraine’s decentralisation reform process since 2014
Amalgamation and its impact on municipal performance
Success factors and municipal performance measurement
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