Recently, the delegation of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation visited Vinnytsia region, one of the five target regions where the EGAP Program is implemented. EGAP Program is funded by the Swiss Confederation and is implemented by East Europe Foundation.
During the day, the partners visited the Vinnytsia Regional State Administration, the Vinnytsia City Council, Citizen Activity Center in the Viytivtsi community, as well as the humanitarian information hub I am Mariupol.
EGAP Program team has presented joint projects and accomplishments to the Swiss donor delegation: in particular, the Vinnytsia city development strategy of 3.0; SVOI chatbot; E-DEM platform; E-Malyatko (E-Baby) service; and, the rebranded website of the Vinnytsia City Council.
“I live in a big city, but if I go to the remote municipalities in Switzerland, I would not find the digital tools that you are implementing here. The level of digitalization of Ukrainian regions is impressive – we already have a lot to learn from you,” said Andre Huber, Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
With support from Switzerland, we provide cybersecurity training for local government officials, implement e-democracy tools, create effective community policies, and teach digitalization and robotics to schoolchildren. To promote digital transformation in Vinnytsia region, we selected eight pilot communities where we are working.
“After the victory, we will have a lot of hard work ahead of us to rebuild Ukraine. This would not mean just recreating cities and homes, but also a dramatic change in policies and attitudes. Thanks to decentralization and cooperation with the Swiss-Ukrainian EGAP program, we can implement digital transformation projects on the ground,” said Serhii Morgunov, Vinnytsia Mayor.