The team of the Transparent Cities project held the fourth workshop from the “Control Budgets, Monitor Procurement” series in Ivano-Frankivsk on May 21-22.

Together with activists, journalists and active citizens, they talked about budgeting process at the local level and practical tools of its control, and also discussed public procurement monitoring tools.

The trainers, Mykola Orlov, expert of the For Transparent Local Budgets Partnership organization, and Illia Rybakov, expert of Civic Control CSO, helped to navigate this complex subject.

During the workshop, the participants focused on ways of the online and offline budget monitoring, the role that mass media play in this process and discussed gender-sensitive budgeting.

During the second day of the workshop all attention was given to Practical Analysis Tools in public procurement, such as system,,, as well as search of connections – Google, Unified State Register,,

The participants also completed several practical exercises in which they attempted to create a plan of implementation of the local initiative from idea to reality.

We expect for the results of the participants’ activity in the near future, since this workshop is only part of the training process – the participants have to do a little homework to implement the knowledge they gained.

The project “Building Transparency in Ukrainian Cities” is implemented with the support of the UN Democracy Fund.