Olena Ruditch (Ukraine)
Programme Coordinator, Local Governance and Decentralisation Reform (UN RPP)
Olena Ruditch joined the World Bank in 2000, on a large joint programme of the Government of Ukraine and World Bank called the Social Investment Fund (SIF). The programme, which used a community-driven approach, was successfully implemented in all 25 regions of Ukraine.
After seven years with the SIF programme, Olena became Project Manager for a project with the financial support of the Renaissance Foundation for the development of a financing model for the implementation of local priority projects. After the successful piloting of the model in two regions of Ukraine and the completion of the project, she moved to UNDP in April 2009. At UNDP, Olena was the national team-lead and project coordinator of the EU-funded CBA (Community-based Approach) Project. Over the nine years of the project’s implementation, UNDP successfully implemented about 4,500 projects in all regions of Ukraine.
Аt the beginning of 2018 Olena moved to UN’s Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme as Coordinator of the Local Governance and Decentralization Reform Component, and for the last three years has lived and worked in the east of Ukraine.
Olena was born in Kyiv, and graduated from the Taras Shevchenko State University with a degree in modern history. She completed postgraduate studies in political science.
UNDP and me
"Working at UNDP provides me with ample opportunities to apply my experience and knowledge, combine and improvise, teach and learn, experiment and inspire others with their results. In short, for me, UNDP is a platform for implementing bold plans and reaching new heights."