Vinnytsia local authorities intend to
deepen the use of information technologies in order to create more
opportunities for the participation of its citizens in the city development. The
Concept of Digital Participation of Vinnytsia Amalgamated Territorial Community
for 2019-2025 has been worked out for the development of e-democracy. This
document has been approved by deputies of the City Council at the regular
session. Among other tasks, it deals with the creation of favorable conditions,
stimulation and raising the competences of e-participation of citizens in the
processes of adoption and implementation of important decisions, the creation
of useful digital resources and opportunities, the use of advanced services for
interaction with citizens, taking into account the principles of inclusiveness,
the application of elements of artificial intelligence and open data in e-participation
The Concept of Digital Participation
of Vinnytsia Amalgamated Territorial Community is a document that aims to form
the vision of e-democracy development at the local level. Moreover, it foresees
the creation of a model for attracting citizens to decision-making processes with
the help of digital opportunities through a common problem search, informing,
identifying solutions and their further implementation. The Concept of Digital Participation
has been developed in cooperation between Vinnytsia City Council, NGO “Podillia
Regional Development Agency” and community members.
The Concept of Digital Participation
is based on 7 principles of good counseling developed within the framework of the
Freedom Congress on the Internet: trust, universal access, transparency,
responsiveness, process coordination, predictability, and respect for general
interest. The document is aimed at realizing the needs of citizens of Vinnytsia
City Community and its guests, including children, young people, senior
citizens, tourists, business representatives and IT specialists.
The objective of the Concept is to
create a system where the agenda is formed by citizens themselves with the help
of digital participative tools. The main idea of the Concept of Digital
Participation: “a smart city with smart citizens”, where residents form a
vision of their city future through e-tools.
It should inspire of citizens for the
participation in the processes of development and implementation of decisions.
For this purpose, it is planned to popularize the tools of e-democracy, establish
favorable conditions for the cooperation in the format “community - power -
business – media” on the development of e-democracy tools.
It also foresees the introduction of
the experience of the best national and foreign practices in order to increase
the level of a conscious and responsible participation of citizens in the
digital ecosystem of the community. Moreover, it is planned to initiate the participation
in thematic international and national grant programs and competitions in
cooperation with civil society institutes (CSOs) in order to develop and introduce
innovative digital participatory technologies for Vinnytsia ATC.
The document is also about formation
of skills of digital participation, including children. It is planned to
conduct hackathons, days of technologies, research of actual tendencies and a
request generation for products and services of digital participation.
The Concept envisages work on
improving the local legal framework of eParticipation tools in accordance with
best practices and state standards. An integrated e-democracy platform, an
electronic consultation tool, and a “Budget of School Projects” with the use of
online voting will be implemented.
The plans include the introduction of
e-services for interaction with various stakeholders (creation of new useful
resources, tools and capabilities, up-to-date services and programs to meet
needs and interact with citizens, taking into account the principles of
inclusiveness). It is also about the use of elements of artificial intelligence
and open data in e-participation, modernization and development of existing
e-participation tools, the implementation of the principles of inclusiveness, and
the dissemination of the “Informer for Citizens” service.
New tools will complete those ones that
are currently working in Vinnytsia. To date, Vinnytsia citizens actively use
the tools of e-democracy, introduced for them. Among them – e-petitions, Budget
for Public Initiatives, e-appeals, Citizens’ Appeal Map, Citizen Informer
Service, Open Data, etc.
Furthermore, Vinnytsia City Council
is a participant of the Swiss-Ukrainian project “E-Governance for
Accountability and Participation in Ukraine” (EGAP). Among the objectives of
this project is to improve the interaction between government and citizens
through the implementation of e-government and e-democracy tools. The city also
implements other projects of international technical assistance in this area.
Digital Participation is the participation of
citizens upon their initiative in the formation and implementation of a state policy,
development of public administration and local self-government, which involves
two-way e-interaction of decision-makers with the use of appropriate digital
technologies and cyberspace for transparent procedures.