ComManaging Municipallity (COMMA) – communication and management for community involvement in municipal governance in Belarus

About of project:

Project Period: 01.05.2015 – 30.04.2018

Budget: €588,089.46; EU contribution - € 441,067.10

Implementing Agency: Administration of the city of Jelgava (Latvia)

Coordinator in Belarus – EKAPRAEKT (International NGO)

Location: Mahilioŭ, Čavusy and Baranavičy

Description

The successful reform of municipal governance and utilities depends on close interaction between municipal residents, house owners and the State. These relations can be built through drawing on the EU countries’ advanced practices.

Goals and Objectives: Based on the case studies of three Belarusian cities, demonstrate ways of improving municipal governance and the wellbeing of urban residents through efficient cooperation between local authorities and the local population, or participatory management.

Intermediate Outcomes:  A document analyzing successful experience of participatory management in the EU countries was developed. It will help administrations and residents of Belarusian cities to learn about practices in co-development and implementation of urban projects, based on relevant case studies.

Seminars, conferences and consultations with international experts were held in order to exchange experience. Thus, a seminar on Green Municipal Management – Partnership Practices was held in March 2016 in Mahilioŭ; it was attended by representatives of authorities and communities from the Project partner cities (Mahilioŭ, Baranavičy, Čavusy), as well as from Minsk and Viciebsk. Reports of EU (Latvian, German) and national experts formed the basis for a discussion of opportunities and challenges in the field of municipal participatory management in Belarusian cities.

In 2017-2018, the municipalities will develop and implement pilot projects in areas most relevant for each city, such as green infrastructure development, waste management, improvement of energy efficiency of buildings. Mini-grants will be allotted to support community initiatives. In 2017, Green Information Centers – local information resources and discussion groups – will be established; they will familiarize city dwellers with state-of-the-art technology for using energy and fuel, help them to gain insight into housing and utilities regulations and provide a clear explanation of house owners' rights and duties. 

Points of Contact:
Gunita Osīte, Project Manager
+371 63005569, +371 29196462, gunita.osite@dome.jelgava.lv

Mariya Falaleeva, Deputy Head, Central Board of EKAPRAEKT International NGO

+375 33 395 44 06, falaleeva.mariya@gmail.com

Project Website: http://ekapraekt.by/?q=comma