Building Capacity in Evidence-Based Economic Development in Ukrainian Oblasts and Municipalities Project (EBED Project) is a five-year project (2010–2015) that is financed by the Government of Canada and implemented by The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC). The project provides targeted support to build capacity in evidence-based economic development planning in Ukrainian oblasts and municipalities.
The EBED project is part of the Program of Technical Cooperation with Ukraine run by the Canadian government that emphasizes capacity building at the municipal, oblast, and central government levels. Relationships established with the help of the EBED project create opportunities for the exchange of experiences, methodologies, and knowledge related to economic development planning processes.
The EBED project aims to encourage sustainable development of Ukrainian oblasts and municipalities by building the capacity of local authorities to use quantitative analysis and forecasting tools in economic development planning.
The project provides assistance to Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv oblasts as well as to six Ukrainian cities (Lviv, Chervonohrad, Drohobych, Nikopol, Kryvyi Rih, and Dnipropetrovsk).
In addition to producing a comprehensive analytical report on social and economic development in the above mentioned Ukrainian oblasts and cities, the EBED project will aid the cities and oblasts in designing improved strategic development plans based on benchmarking (comparative analysis) as well as on demographic, fiscal, and economic forecasts.
Thanks to the EBED project, Ukrainian governmental institutions will have an opportunity to engage with Canadian experts and learn from the Canadian experience. This will help to identify evidence-based priorities in the economic development of Ukrainian oblasts and municipalities as well as to design realistic economic development plans for Ukrainian oblasts and municipalities. The project also enhances the capacity officials to defend city and oblast interests before the state government as well as to more effectively attract foreign investment, loans, and donor assistance for economic development.