In Ukraine, work on the project “Control of recovery costs” began, financed by the European Union. This was reported by Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine.
The Center for Economic Strategy, Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, and the NGO Technology of Progress are working on the project. Its purpose is to build a system independent of the government for monitoring the expenditure of budget and donor funds for reconstruction, to analyze them and to involve the public in the monitoring of reconstruction.
For this purpose, the project is developing, in particular, a separate online platform called Big Recovery Portal. It will allow:
– maintaining an open database of restoration projects implemented by the state, communities, donors and benefactors;
– monitoring the costs of these projects from open sources;
– analyzing the priority and expediency of projects, their risks and possible defects;
– involving active citizens and public organizations in monitoring specific restoration projects through a feedback mechanism.
This portal will interact with the Digital Restoration Ecosystem for Accountable Management (DREAM). The Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development is working on it together with the RISE coalition.
The project team will evaluate the quality of implementation of those projects that will be initiated through DREAM. It will also help state authorities to monitor the emergence of possible problems.
For this, the Big Recovery Portal will be integrated with the Prozzoro e-procurement system, the damaged.in.ua database of objects destroyed during the russian aggression, and other open data sources.
The portal will be developed by the Technology of Progress team, the Center for Economic Strategy and the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting will be the analytical component. As part of the analytical work, the project team will analyze the monitoring practices of reconstruction projects, improve the assessment methodology, issue an overview of reconstruction events, and monitor positive and negative trends.
Every month, they will present the results of the reconstruction monitoring and discuss urgent issues with experts and representatives of the authorities.
The project will also provide an opportunity for active citizens and regional public organizations to participate in the monitoring and evaluation of restored or constructed objects. For this, the project team will provide sub-grants and conduct trainings for civil society. In addition, within the scope of the project, grant support for activists in the analysis of public procurement in the field of reconstruction is provided.