Live in a normal city

03 Sep

The brutal confrontation with the local community developers, which was held recently in Troeschina was probably one of the most shocking news recently. Breaking fences, threats, beatings, and use them against the available tools in the form of sand and fire extinguishers, the indifference of the police  in the end, is not this the first time? In Kiev, things have unfortunately become the system. «Pull ” and the other cities.

Of course, to define right and wrong in a situation where the ball is ruled by violence, it is impossible. Clearly, this engaging and outrageous injustice, and political calculation. But let’s think about what is happening in our cities. so should develop relationships in a large quadrangle ” I  society  business  the state?» Could it all be different?

Readers of my blog have already understood that the development of the urban environment, building a dynamic, efficient and equitable local community  one of the most important for me and my colleagues affairs. But I am often asked. Well you’re going, talked, held the event, drank delicious coffee and left. That, they say, is all. And where is the result? As it spread on bread or even touch it?

Usually in such cases, said that not all the results are visible to the naked eye, and that, having discussed, do not specifics. But the best answer  is to show the specifics, which actually is.

In July, when the country falls into a holiday apathy, United Nations Development Programme conducted with the help of our National Forum of the partner cities. The Forum, which was attended by over 70 representatives of local and national authorities, UN experts, social activists, summed up the nine-year non-governmental and non-profit project «Municipal Program Management and Sustainable Development» , which is implemented in 2004 and in that time has implemented some 309 projects in 29 cities in the amount of 36.3 million USD. and positive impact on the living conditions of 282 million people.

Such a language of numbers. But there is something that does not count. Each city  participant solved in the framework of its priority issues. Cities have created centers of administrative services and the system of quality control.

Local authorities learned to use the Internet, getting closer to the people created their own pages on social networks. The Ascension and the Valley have introduced e  document. In other cities, activists and low level officials have learned to work with crowdsourcing.

15,000 employees receive the latest knowledge within 500 training events. The project has also contributed to the development of a number of laws that regulate the activities of non-governmental organizations and local authorities. Experts also created two educational programs for schools that will prepare managers for condominiums.

It should be said that the project was a collaboration of hundreds of people. Many of his pieces was carried out in collaboration with other stakeholders, such as the support of the Swiss Canadian, Norwegian and Swedish governments Folke Bernadotte Academy.

The results of a nine-year project can be proud of all the Ukrainian civil society. But, of course, the main challenge is still ahead. How to work the local authorities and the community after graduation? Not to be lost achievements made voltage significant resources and effort?

It depends on the specific people. They got a chance  not only really begin to live differently, but also show that the main problem of the country  not its own citizens, to begin with the changes themselves, without waiting for transformation at the national level  really.

And life does not end with the end of the project is conceived as a continuation of its already existing project to share the best practices of local government, and from next year will pick up the baton of an EU project to improve energy efficiency. It seems to me, and the citizens, and, of course, first of all business and government should seek to solve problems in a European.

Gas and sand  the weapon of the proletariat (even if followed by capital and mercenaries). Creative class solves the problem positively.