SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) is a joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), principally financed by the EU (

In all countries SIGMA aimed at:

- assist beneficiary countries in their search for good governance to improveadministrative efficiency and promote adherence of public sector staff todemocratic values, ethics and respect of the rule of law;

- help build up indigenous capacities at the central governmental level to facethe challenges of globalisation and of European Union integration plans;

- support initiatives of the European Union and other donors to assistbeneficiary countries in public administration reform.

At the request of the Ukrainian government, with the financial support of DFID (the UK Department for International Development), SIDA (the Swedish International Development Agency) and upon the endorsement of the European Commission, SIGMA carried out governance assessment in Ukraine at the beginning of 2006. The assessment was developed according to SIGMA’s competence, methodology and baselines that are usually used to assess public administration in candidate countries.

A final report was delivered in March 2006, and its main conclusions were presented at an international conference “Strategy of Administrating the Reform: SIGMA Recommendations to the Ukraine’s Government” held in Kiev in July 2006. In 2007, SIGMA presented an updated report.

In 2008, the European Commission decided to allow the countries covered by the European Neighborhood Policy to use an institution building instrument of European Commission, SIGMA, in 2008-2011. Active use of this opportunity by Ukraine will enable to engage leading European experts to the adaptation of administrative legislation and administrative justice, cost management, control, internal and external audit, procurement, civil service, policy coordination and regulatory management to the standards of the European Union.

The documents related to governance assessment:

Presentations of the international conference “Strategy of Administrating the Reform: SIGMA Recommendations to the Ukraine’s Government” (July 2006):

in English:

in Ukrainian: