At this historic juncture, international organizations, governments, donors and development agencies have provided crucial support to Ukraine. International aid for the development of the country has increased to unprecedented levels. Efficient aid management and coordination is thus one of the Government's top priorities as it will ensure progress in all sectors. We are proud that such an important task has been assigned to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) by the Government Action Plan. Our role in this mission is to act as the single center for donor coordination in Ukraine.
In assessing previous aid coordination efforts in Ukraine, the Department of International Aid Coordination of the MEDT identified various shortcomings, including a lack of information flow among stakeholders that led to the duplication of efforts, and a waste of resources. Proper leadership was also lacking as the government fell short on its responsibility to co-lead and facilitate the aid allocation process. The system in place to monitor donations, control their effectiveness, and improve the transparency of the entire process was quite limited. In addition, the clogging of the administration made registration and implementation of technical assistance burdensome. Aid allocation was not transparent nor strategic, and often corrupt. Moreover, the fact that government officials did not sufficiently know about international assistance to the country led to several cases when funds allocated to technical assistance projects would be re-allocated and used as a basis for loan programs—far from their initial purpose.
To address these challenges and to ensure that the fast-increasing aid flow to the country fulfils its true objective, the Department of International Aid Coordination at MEDT has set the four following goals as a guideline to reform donor aid coordination in Ukraine:
We stand firm and determined to make this vision a reality, and this is why we established the Department of International Aid Coordination as the single authority in charge of foreign assistance as a first necessary step. This department is committed to transparency and wasted no time to go through numerous past projects to investigate potential irregularities. We set new standards of transparency, accountability, and effectiveness while we also communicated with donors and government officials to keep them updated. As a result, the Department has built a strong and trustworthy reputation among the donors and International Financial Institutions (IFIs).
With transparency and effectiveness in mind, we have initiated the creation of an ambitious aid transparency portal. This portal will contain information on all development projects in Ukraine supported by IFIs and donors. Administrative features will allow easy and timely electronic registration of projects, as well as electronic accreditation of implementers. The portal will not only help coordination efforts; it will also work as a tool for citizens, NGOs and interested parties to monitor international aid flows. This portal will raise transparency standards and minimize corruption, which will increase trust in the government.
Regular semi-annual and annual meetings with the donor community have been put in place at the strategic, operational, and technical levels. These meetings enable government officials and donor representatives to discuss achievements, problems, and solutions. Open communication is a foundational principle for the International Aid Coordination Department.
On the legal front, we are in the process of approval of two by-laws to simplify project registration procedures and reduce administrative burdens for all stakeholders, as well as the single law that would set a coherent policy framework for the country in international assistance.
In terms of human resources, we are strengthening our working principles through the replacement of staff and the recruitment of new, better qualified personnel. We are proud that MEDT is amongst the leaders in the Government in terms of personnel renewal, with increasingly qualified and dedicated professionals joining our efforts.
Opportunities for Collaboration:
In a period of months, we have managed to achieve more than in the last decades. Yet the most important part of the reform process is still ahead of us, and much remains to be achieved. As we are taking our next steps at the MEDT, we count on the technical, financial, and reputational support of organizations that share our vision.
The MEDT is open to discuss collaboration with outside organizations for the following aspects of our mission:
Laws of Ukraine
Acts of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers
Acts of the President of Ukraine
Acts of Parliament of Ukraine
Acts of the National Bank of Ukraine
International technical assistance
International agreements of Ukraine on International Technical Assistance
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
European Union (EU)
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
European Council (EC)
Cooperation with International Financial Institutions (IFIs):
The legal framework for cooperation with IFIs
Background materials on cooperation with IFIs
General conditions applicable to the Loan Agreement and guarantees for loans from IBRD fixed spread The World Bank to provide funds for projects Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans and loans from international development agencies Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers
Assistance of European Union
The legal framework on assistance of the European Union
Background materials on assistance of the European Union
Ministry of Social Policy
Ministry of Education and Science
National Agency for Civil Service
Useful information concerning tax administration:
Useful information for foreigners:
Aid coordination and effectiveness evaluation methodology: