September 24, 2023

With the help of the PULSE project, whose measures are aimed at raising awareness of citizens and their understanding of the reform of local self-government, the tasks of preparing libraries as communicators of reforms in cooperation with public organizations, strengthening the capacity of local leaders, involving local media in order to spread information about the reform and local initiatives The project is implemented by the Association of Cities of Ukraine (AMU) in partnership with IREX/Ukraine (Council for International Scientific Research and Exchange) with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

It is librarians and public activists that the PULSE program entrusts with the responsible mission of conducting information events involving citizens in the implementation of the decentralization reform.

Thus, in March, as part of the implementation of the project, the following events took place:

  • March 13-15, 2017 in the city of Khmelnytskyi, a training on the topic “Building the capacity of local OTG initiatives through the cooperation of libraries and the public”, the participants of which were representatives of the Yavoriv District Centralized Library System and the NGO of the Agency for Local Economic Development of the Yavoriv Oblast;
  • March 16–18, 2017 in Vinnytsia training on the topic “My community – my well-being”, the participants of which were representatives of libraries and public organizations of Ukraine from Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Bershady, Khmilnyk, Volyn, including and project coordinator from the Illinets Central Library.

A three-day training was also held in Zaporizhzhia, during which participants from Zaporizhzhia, Sumy, and Donetsk regions learned about the progress of the local self-government reform, learned how to properly inform citizens about the reform, learned about the main means of information support of the project, and, of course, learned about the success stories of capable communities. Read more in Iryna Yarko’s article “My community – my well-being”.

In general, when starting the implementation of the PULSE project, the organizers invited libraries and public organizations from Odesa, Chernihiv, Zhytomyr, Poltava, Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk, Donetsk, Vinnytsia, Sumy, Lviv, Cherkasy, Khmelnytskyi, Volyn, Rivne, Zakarpattia, Chernivtsi regions to participate. , which are part of the United Territorial Communities (UTH).

According to the Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyschuk, it is “… competent management of cultural resources and effective involvement of human potential in the processes of building a sustainable community can significantly increase the added value of the territory, become the basis of the value and economic foundation of development.” That is why the libraries decided not to stay away from an important process – informing the population about the advantages and prospects of decentralization reforms in Ukraine. We have several examples of information company organization. Thus, on March 21, a seminar of district librarians on the topic “The role and place of libraries in the formation of knowledgeable territorial communities” was held in the Tomashpil Central District Library (Vinnytsia Region). The director of the central district library, V. Nagirnyak, spoke with the information “My community is my well-being”. The library managers of the villages of Netrebivka, Horyshkivka and the village of Limekiln.

But with the aim of acquainting the residents of the city and district with the activities of the united territorial communities in the reading room of the Volochysk Central District Library (Khmelnytskyi Region), an informational and educational campaign “Life of Volochysk District Communities in the Conditions of Decentralization” was held .

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