And every finish is, in fact, the start ©

Over the span of ten months, our dedicated team has been at the helm of the Recovery and Resilience program. This initiative is designed to enhance the project management competencies of public servants.

We have had the privilege of working with approximately 40 representatives from regional state administrations, municipalities, and regional development agencies across Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Dnipro, Chernivtsi, and Zakarpattia Oblasts.

Our comprehensive training program was crafted to provide participants with a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in project management. This included several months of intensive training from industry-leading experts, complemented by sessions to hone grant writing skills.

Under the expert guidance of certified mentors from PMI Ukraine Chapter, civil servants and representatives of regional development agencies have been able to develop their own projects from inception to completion, ready for presentation at the end of the program.

In anticipation of the program’s conclusion, we organized an event for participants and mentors to meet in person, collaborate, and finally unveil their applications to the public.

In total, our participants crafted eleven grant applications under the Recovery and Resilience program. Representatives of the Kherson Regional Development Agency has already submitted their application for funding.

Our participants’ projects spanned across a diverse range of sectors and fields, from ecology and inclusion to education, outreach activities, and women’s entrepreneurship. During the presentation, participants had the opportunity to share their best practices, receive feedback from other teams, and gain valuable insights from PMI mentors and guest experts.

The next pivotal step for our program participants is to independently secure funding for their projects. We are confident that we will soon be hearing positive updates from our friends and partners 😉 So we, in turn, are delighted to contribute to the advancement of Ukraine’s public sector!

In addition to providing training and practical work, we also aimed to create opportunities for networking and emotional recovery for our participants. We understand that the duties of public servants, especially during times of conflict, can be particularly stressful and demanding.

The event also showcased the online course of ‘Project Management in the Public Sector’. This course is a product of the Recovery and Resilience training program and is available free of charge on the Zrozumilo! educational online platform.

East Europe Foundation is committed to expanding and promoting such programs in the future, paving the way for the growth of cities and regions.

After all, project management skills are key to enhancing the effectiveness of local initiatives, thereby fostering the development of the country and civil society.

The Recovery and Resilience Program is executed by East Europe Foundation, funded by the Federal Government of Germany and supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.