Support for Ukraine's National Reform Council (NRC)



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TC Com approved

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28 Aug 2020

Project Description

The Ukrainian authorities have asked the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the ‘EBRD’ or the ‘Bank’), as an institution with a mandate to support broad policy and institutional reforms in the transition region, to help with speedy conceptualization and implementation of the reform process in Ukraine, in the context of the Ukraine’s Strategy 2020 reform programme. The Bank’s Strategy & Policy Committee  approved a support programme for the National Reform Council (‘NRC’) on 11 September 2014, as a joint product of the Economics, Policy & Governance and Banking teams, following detailed discussions with other teams (Corporate Strategy, Donor Co-Financing, Office of the General Counsel and Technical Cooperation Team).

Phase 1 of this TC Project supported NRC’s Project Management Office (‘PMO’), the technical implementation body of the NRC, by contributing financing for key reform project managers, advisors, support staff and PMO running costs. The PMO played a crucial role in the coordination of NRC reform task forces with the Ministries, ensuring development of specific reforms, monitoring and implementation of reforms, transparency of the reforms development and implementation, and their communication to the public . PMO experts provided regular reports and status updates to the head of the PMO, and ensured effective communication and partnership with national and international counterparts, donors and civil society.

Progress in reform implementation and public administration reform in Ukraine has lagged and reform momentum has stalled during the period of political instability in 2016, triggered by the resignation of Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius. Over this period, the EBRD, together with the EU and other international development partners (Canada, the US, Germany, France), engaged  local stakeholders, including former and current ministers, in a dialogue on how to rebuild momentum and select key priorities in order to kick-start implementation once stability returns. The new government was established with an ambitious reformist agenda, seeking to remedy the situation. Against this backdrop, EBRD worked with local stakeholders and international partners to build a sustainable reform approach in order to avoid short-lived reforms. As a result of these discussions, the Ukrainian Prime Minister and President agreed to the new reform support architecture consisting of a Reforms Delivery Office (RDO), Reform Support Teams (RSTs) and the Strategic Advisory Group for Support of Ukrainian Reforms (SAGSUR).

As part of the new Ukraine Reforms Architecture (URA), this TC Project (i) provided support to the National Reforms Council Support Team (following a transition from NRC PMO); ii) extended support for the Reform Support Teams (RSTs) and the Reforms Delivery Office (RDO), and (iii) extended support for the continued functioning of SAGSUR.

The Reforms Delivery Office (RDO) under the Prime Minister focuses on ensuring consistency and efficiency of reform delivery across the Government, while Reform Support Teams (RSTs), formed of Ukrainian sector experts embedded in key ministries and agencies, are tasked with driving both sectoral and public administration reform (PAR) in their respective host institutions. The EBRD support to the NRC ST has concluded at the end of 2017 and it continues to operate under the President of Ukraine as a budget-funded entity.

Building on the lessons learnt from the first phase of the Ukraine Reforms Architecture (URA) project implemented from 2016 until early 2020 (NRC and URA 1.0), an improved operational model was designed to further strengthen its effectiveness, impact and sustainability. Named Ukraine Reforms Architecture 2.0 (URA 2.0), this project phase offers demand-driven, results-oriented and flexible assistance in focal points of Ukraine’s public administration. Assistance is delivered through a dozen Reform Support Teams in ministries and agencies of Ukraine and the Reforms Delivery Office under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

With the help of 250 local experts, the project will continue to facilitate transition to a modern, effective and efficient public administration by temporarily filling existing capacity gaps and helping to develop structures, processes, practices and capacity of the new civil service.

The TC Project is fully aligned with EBRD’s Priority Policy Objectives and Annual Policy Milestones which support the enhanced policy dialogue and the reform of institutions in the Bank's countries of operations.

Project Objectives

Improved delivery of sectoral reforms and enhanced institutional capabilities of beneficiary institutions in line with the principles of Public Administration Reform.

TC Recipient Information

The beneficiary/client of the Bank are the Reform Support Teams (RSTs) in the ministries and public agencies of Ukraine and the Reforms Delivery Office (RDO) under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Project Cost

€ 22,550,293.5

Phase 2- URA 2.0 Project Cost

EUR 6,625,000

Funding Summary

The Ukraine Reforms Architecture is funded from the EBRD’s Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account (MDA). The MDA donors are Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union, the largest donor. 

Any competitive selections for business opportunities relating to this project will be published on the EBRD's website: Consultancy Procurement Opportunities.


Any competitive selections for business opportunities relating to this project will be published on the EBRD's website: Consultancy Procurement Opportunities.

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