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UNDP Ukraine experience: what can we do to improve public procurement in the health sector?

14 Mar 2017

image tt was key to establish clear and direct communication about the procurement services and reform that we supported. The communication strategy we developed used different approaches: from dissemination of infographics and videos, to the organization of press tours and press briefings for journalists, with a focus on maintaining media relations with key media outlets.

What do we know about modern Ukraine? Of course, it’s a big European country known for its lush landscape and warm hospitality. At the same time, this is also a country facing a military conflict in the East, occupation of its territory, and over a million of internally displaced people, all this while in economic recession. Despite all this, the government of Ukraine cannot afford not to push through much needed reforms, and has listed healthcare reform as one of its priorities. In 2015, anti-corruption organizations and patients’ groups successfully lobbied for a new piece of legislation, allowing public procurement of health products through international organizations. This was an emergency measure to deal with a situation where life-saving medicines had been missing from public hospitals due to the inefficiencies of public health procurement. The Ministry of Health of Ukraine therefore requested UNDP to support the procurement and distribution of health products related to eight different State Health Programmes (for the 2015 procurement cycle) and 23 State Health Programmes (for the 2016 procurement cycle).  At the time, UNDP Ukraine had a small health-related team, but recognized the stringent necessity of such assistance to the government to solve the immediate crisis, while at  Read More

Blerta Cela: Time to promote women’s rights in Ukraine is now

06 Mar 2017

image A woman holds a poster reading: "Everybody needs feminism" as she participates in the "I Am Not Afraid to Say It" march in support of women's rights on Independence Square in Kyiv on Sept. 17.

By Blerta Cela, UNDP Deputy Country Director Programmes, UNDP. Originally published by Kyiv Post, 6 March 2017 Nataliya Ovsyuk, originally from Illovaysk in Donetsk region, left home with her two children in July 2014 without any means of future support. She braved checkpoints with her four- and six-year-old children in tow. The struggling family moved to Lviv, where they did not have any friends or relatives, to begin their lives anew.  Nataliya’s struggles led her into chronic depression, but she fought on and went out every day to seek a source of income for the sake of her children. In late 2014, she began attending psychological training for IDPs. She learned about the grants she was eligible for and wanted to apply, but lack of experience of business plan preparation meant she failed to submit her proposal on time. Her first small victory followed training by the UNDP-supported “Women’s Perspectives” NGO. She learned how to develop her business proposal and received a grant to establish a curtain-making business. She could now buy modern equipment and start making curtains: something she had always been good at.  Now she has many clients among the local population and is quite optimistic about the future. “The  Read More

The Second Wave. FAQ for new e-declarants: what to declare and how?

13 Feb 2017

image The Law on corruption prevention provides for the transparency and disclosure of the majority of data for the public by making them openly accessible on the Internet. This is an important pre-requisite for the effective financial control, as the public availability of information about the property, income and expenses of declarants makes the illicit enrichment by them much harder and helps to reveal the conflicts of interest.

Originally published in ‘Ukrainska Pravda’ on 31 January 2017 By Dmytro Kotliar On 1 January 2017, the second stage of electronic asset disclosure was launched. From now on, all public officials of Ukraine – approximately 700,000-800,000 persons – are required to submit their e-declarations. This is the second part of the article. Please, read the first part here. The second wave covers officials and employees of the state and local self-government authorities, state and municipal institutions and organizations, including some education and healthcare sector professionals. We explained earlier who has become subject to mandatory electronic asset disclosure starting from 2017, who was supposed to submit their declarations for the second time, and what were the deadlines for reporting significant changes in assets. Now we discuss the main issues related to proper completion of an e-declaration to help to understand what to declare and how. We also explain the responsibility for violating the financial control requirements.   HOW TO SUBMIT A DECLARATION? The first step for the declarant is to receive an electronic digital signature (EDS) which is necessary to register in the system and submit a declaration. The declarations have to be completed and submitted at the website of the National  Read More

The second wave. Are you an e-declarant?

01 Feb 2017

image Expansion of the scope of declarants from civil servants and politicians to education, healthcare and other public sector employees is supposed to focus public attention on the corruption areas deeply entrenched into everyday life.

Originally published in ‘Ukrainska Pravda’ on 25 January 2017 By Dmytro Kotliar   The second stage of electronic asset disclosure that started in 2017 is supposed to cover over 700,000 new declarants, including some education and healthcare professionals. According to the recent survey by Rating Group, Ukrainians considered e-declarations one of the main successes of Ukraine in 2016, after singer Jamala’s win in the Eurovision contest, good performance of Paralympians and the minimum wage increase to UAH 3,200. Indeed, the launch of e-declarations made the Ukrainian officials to demonstrate an unprecedented transparency of their property – money, real estate, valuables, etc. The revealed wealth impressed and caused a lot of questions as regards whether officials earned it legally. On the other hand, the reform has proven that the country is following the path of a mindset change – from the shadow that was throwing a cloak around the Augean stables of corruption to the transparency as a pre-requisite to clear them out. For the international partners of Ukraine, the new system of asset disclosure has also become a ray of hope and a crucial anti-corruption move. “What is happening right now in Ukraine is a real breakthrough in reforms and especially  Read More

Ukraine: Humanitarian assistance, recovery and development need to go hand in hand

18 Jan 2017

image A metalware factory in Kramatorsk provides critical jobs for displaced people and local workers after being rebuilt through UNDP Ukraine's co-financing programme.

Originally published on 10 January 2017 at UNDP Global web-site By Janthomas Hiemstra, Country Director, UNDP Ukraine The conflict in Ukraine is, without doubt, a humanitarian crisis.  Almost 10,000 people have been killed in the eastern region of Donbas alone. Among the victims, some 2,000 people were civilians. Another 22,000 people have been wounded, millions are displaced and living dangerously close to heavy fighting. This crisis has affected millions, despite repeated ceasefires.  The Ukraine crisis is also a crisis of development. Amid the human tragedy, concerns about development are often easy to overlook. But the impact can be devastating in the long-term. Basic infrastructure is put under enormous stress in a conflicts like this one, and that stress can lead to economic decline, eventually weakening the delivery of crucial social services in regions like Donbas. If we do not address human welfare and social development concerns, the impact of the conflict is likely to worsen dramatically. The burden will fall particularly on the elderly, the disabled, the poor, women and youth. This is why UNDP has set up its presence in Eastern Ukraine. for the past two years, UNDP has made its priority to contribute in finding solutions to everyday problems affecting  Read More