Is there a role for the private sector in addressing the long-term housing needs of Ukraine’s internally displaced persons? According to a recent study conducted by the USAID Public-Private Partnership Development Program (P3DP), there is.
P3DP presented its study Facilitating Private Sector Participation in Delivery of Humanitarian Aid and Infrastructure Rehabilitation in the Housing Sector – Laying the Foundation for PPPs on August 3 at the Hotel Rus in Kyiv. The study was prepared by Professor Wolfgang Amann, an international consultant on infrastructure rehabilitation in the housing sector and social housing, with input from multiple local stakeholders.
Professor Amann traveled to Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Dnipropetrovsk, where he collected data and held extensive discussions with local stakeholders, incluluding local governments, NGOs, construction and development companies, and donor organizations. At the event, he shared his key findings and specific recommendations for long-term IDP housing solutions with participants and presented private sector housing models targeting IDPs.
Professor Amann’s presentation was supplemented by comments and presentation of Natalia Dotsenko-Bilous, a Ukrainian lawyer who covered the legal aspects of PPP implementation in housing sector relevant to Ukraine.
The agenda, study and presentations by Professor Amann and Natalia Dotsenko-Bilous can be accessed at the links below:
The UN Human Rights Office presented its human rights report, highlighting the increasing needs of IDPs in Ukraine and the urgency to develop national strategy that coordinates assistance. During discussions, P3DP noted that a working group had been established to create sustainable housing solutions, in line with a key recommendation of the UN report and the recent Law of Ukraine on IDPs.
Interest in e-Government has been growing in Ukraine as national, regional and municipal governments seek better ways to deliver government services. The e-Governance model, however, requires financing, new technology, and both technical and management skills. Not all government bodies have the tools and capabilities to implement e-Government on their own.
One solution is for the private sector to develop and provide these services in partnership with government through public-private partnerships (PPPs). A well-structured PPP transaction can lead to a win-win solution whereby the private sector finances and operates an e-Government system under a long-term agreement. Government provides oversight to ensure effective delivery of services. The public benefits by having more constructive and transparent engagement with the public sector and receiving higher quality services.
In February 2015, USAID’s Public-Private Partnership Development Program (P3DP) partnered with Ukraine’s State Agency on e-Government to introduce concepts and methods in how to engage the private sector to improve public services through e-Government. On the first day, P3DP’s e-Government expert, Emilio Bugli Innocenti, explained how PPP mechanisms and approaches could be applied to e-Government in Ukraine, providing examples from other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. This was followed by a two-day practical workshop for government representatives from the national, regional and municipal agencies tasked with introducing various e-Government services in Ukraine. They learned about best practices of other countries to attract the private sector, improve effectiveness and efficiency of services, and introduce new levels of government transparency.
The PPP in e-Government Guide, which provides an overview and rationale of e-Government, information about the role and function of PPPs in e-Government, and cases studies, was disseminated at the workshop. It can be downloaded here in English and Ukrainian.
В кінці серпня та протягом вересня 2013р. Програма розвитку державно-приватного партнерства USAID проведе серію навчальних семінарів щодо особливостей державно-приватного партнерства (ДПП) у галузях енергоефективності та відновлюваної енергетики. До участі у семінарах буде запрошено представників місцевих органів влади п’яти пілотних міст Програми розвитку державно-приватного партнерства: Вінниці, Дніпропетровська, Івано-Франківська, Києва та Малина. Ці заходи є компонентом навчальної складової співпраці Програми розвитку державно-приватного партнерства із партнерськими містами, де готуються пілотні проекти ДПП. Семінари розкриють моделі застосування механізму ДПП в галузях енергоефективності та відновлювальної енергетики.