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Functioning and Needs of Regional Councils in Ukraine

The research report presents a detailed analysis of the functioning and needs of regional councils in Ukraine immediately prior to the Russian invasion. It discusses their role and impact on the lives of residents, and councils’ accountability, transparency, and inclusivity in the decision-making process. Moreover, the report analyses gender issues and women’s representation in the regional councils of Ukraine and the councils’ role in the ongoing decentralization reform of Ukraine. The paper also touches upon the reform that state authorities have undertaken since 2014.