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Incubator for Green Communities - Ukraine
Description/achievement of initiative

The Partnership will improve awareness about the SDGs in Ukraine, map and include multiple stakeholders, facilitate the adoption of community-level plans to achieve SDGs, and mentor Ukraine’s eco-villages and aspiring ‘smart cities’ in the implementation of innovative pilot projects. We will help communities fundraise, efficiently use resources, accumulate and transfer knowledge, and scale successful practices, striving for integrated, sustainable and scalable approaches. The Partnership will ensure the local ownership of its activities, and that participating communities use all the talents, experience, and wisdom of both men and women, and address the needs of all their members, especially the vulnerable groups.

Implementation methodologies

The Partnership will pool together members’ talent and treasure and use crowdsourcing and crowdfunding to mentor Ukraine’s communities in achieving SDGs. We will target both innovative communities (in particular ‘eco-villages’ and aspiring ‘smart cities’) and struggling ones which will be willing to cooperate in integrating SDGs in their development/recovery strategies. We are building a multi-stakeholder Partnership and will engage a wide network of external partners. We will involve professionals and volunteers for the incubation and implementation of local projects and programs aimed at qualitative changes in these communities throughout Ukraine. We will work with these communities to raise funds, to achieve tangible positive change, to share success stories and learn from others’ mistakes, and to disseminate best practices.To commence the Partnership’s engagement, any community in Ukraine will be able to fill in a simple form voicing its interest. A community in this case can be represented by either formal officials or non formal leaders (activists, NGOs). The Partnership will facilitate the development of the needs assessment and the drafting of community development/recovery strategies integrating SDGs while also ensuring local ownership and adequate resourcing. Based on the performance at this initial stage some communities will advance to the incubation stage. Communities which make it to the Incubator will receive access to the Partnership’s national and international network of volunteers, professionals and investors, along with its knowledge base. Each community will have a separate team that will work with it and will receive access to a wider pool of talent and treasure. Regular internal grant competitions for Partnership members and participating communities will be conducted to facilitate implementation of pilot projects. The Partnership will ensure that the technologies and approaches applied will be the most efficient, eco-friendly and safe.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The Partnership will use both online tools and face-to-face experiences to ensure capacity-building and technology transfer. The Partnership’s website (greenqb.org) and social media, as well as partners’ resources will serve as the platform for facilitation and mentorship, conducting of online meetings and promotion of social instruments and green technologies.The Partnership will develop training programs and explore opportunities to engage existing educational platforms (including specific МООСs on sustainable communities) to ensure the best quality of learning. We will engage networks of alumni of national and international community capacity building programs and involve innovative and successful community leaders as trainers, thought leaders and ambassadors of the Incubator. We will directly contribute, encourage partners and challenge the general public (in particular student youth) to beef up Wiki-type knowledge databases on practical aspects of achieving SDGs at the community level. To help participating communities fund capacity-building and technology transfer projects, we will conduct fundraisers and also facilitate communities’ own fundraising and the use of crowdfunding platforms. We will partner with economic development agencies, charitable organizations and financial institutions to attract non-refundable grants and investments. The Partnership will use its own and partners’ resources to conduct advocacy and engage external think-tanks, with the goal of using our learned lessons to improve the quality of legislation at various levels. By doing so, we will contribute to the achievement of SDGs by communities throughout Ukraine.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The Partnership will ensure equitable regional representation, including representation from government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. All partners value life and dignity, share humanist principles, respect nature and have the internal motivation to take action. Partners will work together to make Ukraine an open, equitable and eco-friendly society. The Partnership will provide space for stakeholders to collectively and selectively coordinate with one another to varying degrees to achieve both individual and shared objectives. The coordination mechanisms will be tailored to ensure the trust-building between participating stakeholders, transparency of collective decision making, equity in distribution and accountable use of critical resources. The Partnership will be governed by the Coordinating Committee and administered by the Coordinator(s). The respective Terms of Reference and Operating Procedures will be approved by the Committee and amended from time to time. The Committee will establish working groups and designate project teams, to ensure that the Partnership’s activities address political, legal, economic and development issues holistically and strategically, and that projects are evidence-based and results-oriented. A key objective is to encourage greater collaboration on solutions, deliverables and desired outcomes of the joint action. The Partnership’s governance/coordination will be done primarily via online tools, including a Google+ community, teleconferences and cloud solutions such as Google Docs. To evaluate impact, the Partnership will collect baseline information, conduct initial assessment of pilot communities’ compliance to SDGs and then regularly monitor progress in relevant communities, mapping stakeholders and updating 3Ws. Partners, working groups and project teams will be encouraged to share success stories and update the Committee on the challenges faced. To ensure transparency, the Partnership’s news, progress reports and other documents will be made available online for the general public, at the website: greenqb.org, websites and social media platforms of participants and partners. The Partnership will ensure regular reporting to relevant national and global SDGs coordination mechanisms.

Partner(s)

NGO Youth Initiative of Cities, OpenUP Initiative for Youth, Center for Political Studies (Donetsk region), NGO Prolisok-Berdyansk (Zaporizhya region), Center for Development of Tourism and Environmental Protection “Save the World” (Mykolaiv), Center for Education and Human Development (Lviv region), Law and Democracy Foundation (Lviv), Foundation Resonance (Lviv region), Carpathian Agency for Human Rights "Vested" (Uzhgorod), Executive Committee of Dzerzhynsk District Council in Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region), Pavlohrad City Council (Dnipropetrovsk region), Khorosk District Council (Poltava region), Lutsk National Technical University (Volynska region), Sustainable Housing Project DeHata.com (Sumy region), Internet company IDPost.net (Vinnytsia), Green Energy Agency (Luhansk region), Nikopol Agency for Regional Development (Dnipropetrovsk region), Educational Network for Sustainable Local Development, Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Scientific Technology Center Biomass
Updates to initiatives
Goal 1
Goal 4
Goal 7
Goal 8
Goal 9
Goal 10
Goal 11
Goal 16
Goal 17
12/2015
Translation of Sustainable Development Goals into Ukrainian language, conducting trainings for youth to promote SDGs
12/2016
20 City Quests on SDGs conducted in Ukraine with active role of youth and involving vulnerable groups
12/2016
20 City Quests on SDGs conducted in Ukraine with active role of youth and involving vulnerable groups
12/2016
10 Action plans to achieve SDGs at community level designed, 7 pilot communities join the Incubator
12/2017
Construction of showcase sustainable houses, testing green economy models in pilot communities
12/2018
Facilitation of pilot green infrastructure projects in 10 communities, training of 100 multipliers
Financing (in USD)
75,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Resources of participating organizations
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff and experts of participating organizations, external mentors

Basic information
Time-frame: 10/2015 - 12/2030
Partners
NGO Youth Initiative of Cities, OpenUP Initiative for Youth, Center for Political Studies (Donetsk region), NGO Prolisok-Berdyansk (Zaporizhya region), Center for Development of Tourism and Environmental Protection “Save the World” (Mykolaiv), Center for Education and Human Development (Lviv region), Law and Democracy Foundation (Lviv), Foundation Resonance (Lviv region), Carpathian Agency for Human Rights "Vested" (Uzhgorod), Executive Committee of Dzerzhynsk District Council in Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region), Pavlohrad City Council (Dnipropetrovsk region), Khorosk District Council (Poltava region), Lutsk National Technical University (Volynska region), Sustainable Housing Project DeHata.com (Sumy region), Internet company IDPost.net (Vinnytsia), Green Energy Agency (Luhansk region), Nikopol Agency for Regional Development (Dnipropetrovsk region), Educational Network for Sustainable Local Development, Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Scientific Technology Center Biomass
Countries
Contact information
Sergiy Shtukarin, Partnership Coordinator, ukraine@greenqb.org
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