Status of initiative: On track
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 ( 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:, websites and social media platforms of participants and partners. The Partnership will ensure regular reporting to relevant national and global SDGs coordination mechanisms.


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 (Sumy region), Internet company (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
Translation of Sustainable Development Goals into Ukrainian language, conducting trainings for youth to promote SDGs
20 City Quests on SDGs conducted in Ukraine with active role of youth and involving vulnerable groups
20 City Quests on SDGs conducted in Ukraine with active role of youth and involving vulnerable groups
10 Action plans to achieve SDGs at community level designed, 7 pilot communities join the Incubator
Construction of showcase sustainable houses, testing green economy models in pilot communities
Facilitation of pilot green infrastructure projects in 10 communities, training of 100 multipliers
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 1
1.1 - By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
1.2 - By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
1.3 - Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
1.4 - By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
1.5 - By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
1.b - Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions
Goal 4
4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
Goal 7
7.1 - By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
7.2 - By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
7.3 - By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
Goal 8
8.3 - Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
8.4 - Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead
8.9 - By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
Goal 9
9.1 - Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
9.4 - By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
9.b - Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities
Goal 10
10.2 - By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
Goal 11
11.1 - By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.2 - By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
11.3 - By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.4 - Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
11.6 - By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.7 - By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a - Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
11.b - By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
Goal 16
16.5 - Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
16.6 - Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
16.7 - Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
16.10 - Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements
16.a - Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
16.b - Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development
Goal 17
17.3 - Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources
17.7 - Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
17.9 - Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation
17.14 - Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
17.19 - By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
75,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Resources of participating organizations
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff and experts of participating organizations, external mentors
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