“It is Important to Show Ukraine’s Partners the Proper Organization of the Process of Distributing Aid to Energy Companies,” DiXi Group
DiXi Group Continues to Assist the Government with Humanitarian Aid for the Energy Sector
DiXi Group experts from the USAID Transparency of the Energy Sector project became members of the Ministry of Energy’s working group on humanitarian aid for energy sector enterprises. In such a way, the government coordinates the entire process of humanitarian aid for FEC companies: from collecting the needs and communicating them to aid providers to the systematization of the received equipment and its further distribution among the enterprises of the sector.
After a long period of communication about the scale of the problems, governments of other countries, donors and other aid providers significantly increased the amount of aid to the affected FEC companies compared to the summer period.
“Increasing the flow of aid, increasing the number of those who are ready to help Ukraine – poses challenges to the operational team of the working group, – DiXi Group open data manager Andrii Bilous tells. – It is important to identify and record needs in a timely and qualitative manner, to help companies not only to formulate them but also to fill them in correctly, since any mistakes at the stage of collecting data on needs affect the meaning of “in general for Ukraine”. It’s painstaking work that must be done very carefully, and we need to constantly work on improving processes, which often means clarifying calls with company representatives.”
Andriy Bilous noted that currently, the inflow of aid to the Energy Support Fund is increasing, in particular, the German government provided 130 million euros, which in itself increases the level of requirements for the quality of work of the ministry and the working group in particular.
“Effective use of donor funds is important not only from the point of view of allocating them to the most critical needs of the most affected companies because there are much more needs than funds. It is also important to show the proper organization of the process and non-discriminatory distribution. These are image achievements that will guarantee the continuation of assistance and the status of a “reliable partner” for the ministry,” Andriy Bilous believes.
As members of the working group and its operational team, DiXi Group specialists help the ministry overcome its challenges. Project specialists participated in the development of a data structure for collecting information from the Ukrainian party. This helped to systematize the requested assistance and better communicate with the Secretariat of the Energy Community. As you know, the Secretariat created the legal framework for the Energy Support Fund of Ukraine to coordinately counter to the Russian invasion and enable governments and international financial institutions to provide emergency support to the Ukrainian energy sector.