Center of Information and Documentation for Crimean Tatars
To support a program of informational and publishing activities. The Center will publish six issues of its analytical journal, Crimean Studies; monitor coverage of Crimean Tatar issues in the Ukrainian press; provide balanced information about such issues to the press; publish an electronic bulletin, Crimea in the Mirror of the Ukrainian Press; and expand the analytical materials available on the Center’s website.
Center for International Private Enterprise
To increase information flow to the business community on economic policy, including World Trade Organization (WTO) policies. The Ukrainian Centre for International Integration (UCII) will lead an awareness campaign on economic governance principles. The UCII will also conduct seminars in four regions of Ukraine to discuss these practices with regional business communities. Throughout the project, the UCII will cooperate with several national and regional-level media outlets to publicize the project.
Center for International Private Enterprise
To train and equip managers of regional business associations and chambers of commerce with tools to conduct effective advocacy work. CIPE will make a support grant to the Institute for a Competitive Society which will launch the training program “Advocacy School.” The program will help representatives of regional associations develop and strengthen their skills to serve as the voice of business in their communities.
Center for Research on Social Perspectives in the Donbas
To expand its internet newspaper Ostriv, providing ongoing coverage of events in Donetsk oblast and extending coverage to Dnipropetrovsk and Kyiv. The Center hopes to arrange interviews and live internet chat sessions with national political figures and their regional representatives, and will offer notable local journalists and political analysts the opportunity to produce online diaries to allow them to comment quickly on events .
Center for Ukrainian Reform Education
To organize pre-election information exchanges between journalists in Eastern and Western Ukraine. Journalists from eight regions of Ukraine with relatively underdeveloped media will visit regions with more developed and progressive media to learn about journalistic best practices and to exchange experiences and skills in covering election issues.
Cherkassy Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine
To conduct a voter education and mobilization campaign in rural areas of Cherkassy, Poltava and Kirovohrad oblasts. The Committee will outfit a bus as a “mobile information station” to bring information about the election and voters’ rights directly to rural residents. To reach a wider audience, the Committee will also distribute posters and brochures and will hold three press conferences.
Cherkassy Regional Committee of Soldiers' Mothers
To secure international standards of human rights for Ukrainian servicemen. The Committee will present soldiers in military detachments in seven Ukrainian oblasts with information about their rights in a variety of forms, including lectures, trainings in human rights defense, and publications. Monitoring groups consisting of servicemen and members of regional Committees of Soldiers’ Mothers will be established to observe conditions at military detachments.
Chernivtsi Committee of Voters of Ukraine (Chernivtsi CVU)
To ensure that the campaign and voting in Chernivtsi oblast are carried out in a free, fair, transparent, and legal manner. Chernivtsi CVU will conduct long-term monitoring of the campaign, which officially starts in August; observe and monitor the vote and tallying of ballots on Election Day; and create a press center to publicize the project’s findings.
Democratic Initiatives Foundation
To conduct a nationwide exit poll during the September parliamentary elections in Ukraine, and to conduct public opinion surveys before and after the elections. The Foundation will distribute information from its public opinion surveys and the exit poll to the media at a series of roundtables and press conferences, and will publish a report on the election at the conclusion of the project.
Dniprovsky Center for Social Research
To facilitate the reform of state-owned media in Dnipropetrovsk oblast and protect the rights of journalists at state-owned and private media outlets. The project will include research, analysis, and publication; seminars and roundtable discussions; and legal consultation for local journalists. The Center seeks to establish a dialogue among journalists, the owners of media outlets, and local officials responsible for regulating the media sector.
Donetsk Committee of Voters of Ukraine (Donetsk CVU)
To ensure that the campaign and voting in Donetsk oblast are carried out in a free, fair, transparent, and legal manner. Donetsk CVU will conduct long-term monitoring of the campaign, which officially starts in August; observe and monitor the vote and tallying of ballots on Election Day; and create a press center to publicize the project’s findings.
Donetsk Committee of Voters of Ukraine (Donetsk CVU)
To conduct a program of informational activities for NGOs. Donetsk CVU will redesign its information portal, www.ngo.donetsk.ua, and publish its information bulletin in a monthly edition of 1,000 copies. They will also expand the number of reporters working for the website by three, and provide a variety of other useful informational services to Donetsk region NGOs.
Europe XXI Foundation
To hold an NGO conference in Kyiv, organize a series of discussion clubs in four smaller cities, and monitor and conduct analysis of Ukraine’s civic councils. Europe XXI will continue to publish its newspaper, which facilitates the exchange of information among NGO activists. Finally, it will conduct research examining why certain elements of Ukraine’s democracy remain weak and publish a book on the study’s results.
European Choice Business Club
T o stimulate discussion about the process of building democratic institutions in Ukraine. Project activities will include trainings, a conference, a roundtable discussion, an informational television program, and a contest for schoolchildren. The experience of Poland’s Lublin County during that country’s accession to the WTO, NATO, and the EU will serve as a model.
Free Choice of Luhanshchyna
To make deputies of the Luhansk Oblast legislative assembly more responsive to their constituents. The project will involve analysis of the electoral programs of the various parties and blocs in the legislative assembly, comparison of these programs with representatives’ actual voting patterns, analysis of deputies’ responsiveness to local residents, surveys of citizens across the oblast, and a media campaign designed to publicize the project’s findings.
Freedom House Ukraine
To raise public awareness about human rights and build NGOs’ capacity to advocate for reform. Freedom House will publish of a report on human rights in Ukraine and will train local NGO leaders in human rights. Using non-Endowment funds, this year’s project will also include a judicial reform component, as well as civic education activities such as designing a website and holding press conferences.
Independent Crimean Center for Political Studies and Journalism
To conduct a program of seminars and publications intended to broaden discussion of the challenges facing Crimea. The Independent Center for Political Studies and Journalism will hold two roundtable discussions for journalists, scholars, NGO activists, and elected officials. Materials from the roundtable discussions will be printed in the Center’s bulletin and the Center will contract with local journalists to write approximately 25 articles for regional newspapers.
Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation
To hold six public hearings on Ukraine’s integration into the EU and NATO on the basis of its Euro-Atlantic Network of regional NGOs. These hearings will bring diplomats, scholars, and experts together with the general population to discuss Ukraine’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. The hearings will be targeted at the Eastern and Southern regions of Odessa, Crimea, Kharkiv, Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk.
Institute of Mass Information
To analyze current and pending Ukrainian legislation on the media, to monitor violations of press freedoms and attacks on journalists, and to increase public awareness of the many issues that still face the Ukrainian press. The Institute will conduct independent field investigations in cases of extreme pressure or intimidation against journalists. It will publish frequent bulletins and an annual report about violations of journalists’ rights.
Institute of Social Transformation
To bring Russian and Ukrainian scholars, students, and activists together to explore new strategies for advancing democracy. The Institute will organize two roundtable discussions on themes relating to the development of democracy in both countries, a summer school for university students, and a concluding conference in Kyiv. Conference materials will be distributed widely and a book summarizing the program’s results will be published.
International Legal Council LEGITEAM
To conduct a four-part program to improve Ukraine’s adherence to the international human rights treaties to which it is a signatory. The first three components—legal aid, research, and advocacy—will attempt to influence the Ukrainian legal system directly in the short term. The fourth component, training, will attempt to bring about a longer-term transformation of Ukrainian legal professionals’ approach to their work.
Kharkiv Center for Women's Studies
To build on its experience in training young women leaders in political and advocacy skills. The Center will conduct training sessions on political participation with an emphasis on the role of NGOs in local political processes. It will also expand its network of young women leaders, arrange informal internships for members with various government bodies, and hold the network’s seventh annual conference.
Kharkiv Committee of Voters of Ukraine (Kharkiv CVU)
To ensure that the campaign and voting in Kharkiv oblast are carried out in a free, fair, transparent, and legal manner. Kharkiv CVU will conduct long-term monitoring of the campaign, which officially starts in August; observe and monitor the vote and tallying of ballots on Election Day; and create a press center to publicize the project’s findings.
Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG)
To improve the human rights situation in Ukraine through its human rights monitoring, publication, and educational programs. KHPG will monitor draft laws for potential human rights violations and work with the government to implement international human rights standards. It will also publish three monthly bulletins on human rights and conduct a four-day seminar for human rights activists.
Luhansk Committee of Voters of Ukraine (Luhansk CVU)
To ensure that the campaign and voting in Luhansk oblast are carried out in a free, fair, transparent, and legal manner. Luhansk CVU will conduct long-term monitoring of the campaign, which officially starts in August; observe and monitor the vote and tallying of ballots on Election Day; and create a press center to publicize the project’s findings.
Luhansk Public Education and Legal Assistance (PELA)
To conduct a program of legal aid and civic education. PELA will offer free legal consultation to citizens, publish leaflets and brochures, and produce radio programs on legal and human rights. The consultations will be provided through PELA’s network of partners and resource centers in eight towns of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.
Luhansk Regional Women's Legal Defense Public Organization "Chaika"
To continue a program of monitoring of local legislatures for transparency and adherence to campaign promises. This program will be particularly relevant following the September 2007 parliamentary elections. The monitoring will be accompanied by a variety of informational activities intended to mobilize public interest and encourage citizens to take greater responsibility for monitoring the activities of their elected representatives.
Lviv Committee of Voters of Ukraine (Lviv CVU)
To ensure that the campaign and voting in Lviv oblast are carried out in a free, fair, transparent, and legal manner. Lviv CVU will conduct long-term monitoring of the campaign, which officially starts in August; observe and monitor the vote and tallying of ballots on Election Day; and create a press center to publicize the project’s findings.
Nikolaev Development Foundation
To raise citizens’ and NGO leaders’ awareness of local government institutions and ways to work with them. The Foundation will carry out training for experts on local government, publish four brochures to support the project, and organize a final roundtable discussion to evaluate the project. It will also maintain a public reception office to advice local citizen groups on how to raise awareness of and defend rights.
Odesa Committee of Voters of Ukraine (Odesa CVU)
To ensure that the campaign and voting in Odesa oblast are carried out in a free, fair, transparent, and legal manner. Odesa CVU will conduct long-term monitoring of the campaign, which officially starts in August; observe and monitor the vote and tallying of ballots on Election Day; and create a press center to publicize the project’s findings.
Open Society Foundation (OSF)
To provide Ukrainian voters with timely, accurate information about the activities of their elected representatives in the Verkhovna Rada. OSF will produce a quarterly monitoring report, along with related supplemental publications, on the activities of Rada deputies representing single-member districts and of factions and political parties. OSF will also organize roundtable discussions to release regional versions of their reports in ten Ukrainian cities.
Opora Civic Network
To conduct a training program in running civic campaigns for 30 NGO activists from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Concurrent with the training program, Opora will run a mini-grants competition on civic campaigns during which the trainees will either implement or evaluate campaigns. The program will conclude with a master class on civic campaigns with trainees from Serbia, Georgia, and Poland.
Public Organization Telekritika
To redesign and expand its website into a web portal, with a number of new sections and subsections. The redesigned website will emphasize the following topics, among others: criticism of television news; relations between media owners and journalists; accountability and transparency, including freedom of information; the legal and regulatory environment for media as a business; and the defense of journalists’ rights.
Pylyp Orlyk/US-Ukraine Foundation
To help ensure that the transfer of authority to regional and local governments serves the interests of Ukraine’s citizens. Endowment funds will support seminars for young representatives of local legislatures of Southern, Central, and Southwestern Ukraine; roundtable discussions of local government reform; and the printing of the Pylyp Orlyk Foundation’s journal, Aspects of Local Government.
Regional Information Center for Women
To maintain a network of information centers in small towns of Kirovohrad Oblast. Each center offers legal information and Internet access, maintains a database of local NGOs, and runs educational activities. Under this year’s program, the Center will build on previous years’ efforts by expanding the program to the village level. It will also continue to publish a variety of civic education materials.
Rivne Committee of Voters of Ukraine (Rivne CVU)
To ensure that the campaign and voting in Rivne oblast are carried out in a free, fair, transparent, and legal manner. Rivne CVU will conduct long-term monitoring of the campaign, which officially starts in August; produce a handbook for election monitors; observe and monitor the vote and tallying of ballots on Election Day; and create a press center to publicize the project’s findings.
School for Policy Analysis
To analyze various proposals for constitutional reform. To stimulate discussion of these proposals among government officials, the School will develop an online forum. The School will also conduct two roundtables for NGOs, deputies and government officials. The School will also carry out a public information campaign on constitutional reform, including newspaper articles and a series of four 30-minute programs on a national network.
To support young Ukrainian democracy activists. Smoloskyp will organize a series of seminars and roundtable discussions on social, economic and political issues. It will publish its monthly organizational bulletin and a journal containing the work of young scholars. Smoloskyp will expand its website to include these publications and discussion forums. Finally, Smoloskyp will continue to operate its Samizdat Archive and Museum.
Sumy Regional Committee of Youth Organizations
To stimulate a discussion of the implications for Ukraine of joining bodies such as the WTO, EU and NATO. Project activities, to cover Sumy, Poltava and Chernihiv oblasts, will include seminars and a conference for student leaders, surveys of young people, publication of a magazine and several brochures, an essay contest, and the launch of local “Euroclubs.”
Tamarisk Center for the Support of Social and Cultural Initiatives
To conduct a series of training seminars on topics such as informational technology, organizational development, fundraising and public relations. Tamarisk will also publish a brochure highlighting “success stories” of local NGOs, hold meetings of a press club, and publicize the project’s results in the local media and on its website, which will be redesigned in the course of the project.
Ukrainian Catholic University
To support the Religious Information Service of Ukraine. The Service will post news and information on issues of religious freedom in Ukraine on its website. The site will also include news stories from other sources, analytical essays and commentary on current events, as well as interviews and features. The Service will also maintain a database of documents on religious communities in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Research Named after Oleksandr Razumkov
To publish five issues of National Security and Defense, one of the most widely read policy journals in Ukraine. Each issue of the journal, published in an edition of 3,000 copies in Ukrainian and 800 copies in English, provides a thorough examination of an issue of particular importance in Ukrainian politics.
Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR)
To print nine issues of an analytical bulletin, Tvij Vybir-2007 (Your Vote-2007). Each issue will contain an analysis of party platforms, focusing on one set of related issues. The bulletins will be publicized in press conferences, materials from the bulletins will be adapted for newspaper articles, and UCIPR staff and outside experts will offer consultations and comments to the Ukrainian and foreign media.
Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR)
To conduct a program of research, analysis, monitoring, publication, and civil society promotion. UCIPR will monitor legislative reforms and propose mechanisms to support citizen participation in government. UCIPR will also produce its Parliamentary Review newsletter and its Research Update bulletin. UCIPR will analyze relations between the government and the opposition, social and political trends in Crimea, and civil society in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Inc.
To conduct a series of six town hall meetings, in which candidates and representatives of political parties and coalitions answer questions put to them by the press and the public. Meetings will be held in Lviv, Odesa, Donetsk, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, and Kirovohrad. The Committee will broadcast each these meetings on regional television, with a total potential audience of 14 million people.
Ukrainian Youth Association of Ukraine
To develop the third sector in three rural regions of Ukraine. The Association will select 90 young NGO leaders to take part in basic NGO management training. Following this, the Association will select 30 of the most promising leaders to take part in two-day practical internships with a series of established NGOs in Ukraine. The Association will also hold a small mini-grants competition for civic initiatives that will run through August 2008.
Vinnytsya Oblast Committee of Youth Organizations
To raise the level of youth civic activism in three regions of central Ukraine. The Committee will organize a network of youth civic organizations and conduct a series of training courses on NGO management. The Committee will also publish a monthly bulletin and two guidebooks for NGO activists. Finally the Committee will organize a competition for the best civic initiative among participants in the network.
To organize a series of twelve one-day seminars on the obligations of local representatives and methods of resolving the conflict between Eastern and Western Ukraine for women deputies from local and regional legislatures from both parts of the country. Participants will be chosen through Women’s Choice’s network, consisting of local leaders of Women’s Choice and other NGOs, deputies of local legislatures, and other prominent figures.
To support a parliamentary interns program. Youth Alternative will select 30 students from leading Kyiv universities to serve eight-month fellowships in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s national legislature. One hundred students from universities in eighteen regional cities will serve five-month internships in local Radas. Interns will participate in a variety of training, academic, and research activities during their internships.
Youth of Cherkassy Coalition
To conduct a get-out-the-vote campaign in Cherkassy oblast. The Coalition will produce informational spots for local television and radio, distribute flyers and hanging posters, organize street theater, and hold discussion clubs for young people. The Coalition will conduct informal polls of young voters before the election in order to gauge likely turnout and compare this figure with the actual results.
Youth of Cherkassy Coalition
To engage young people in resolving local social problems, to build the management skills of local NGO leaders, and to publicize the activities of local NGOs. The project will involve roundtable discussions and training seminars targeting youth NGOs in particular, publication of two booklets and a brochure of “success stories” about local NGOs, and a mini-grants competition for youth NGOs in Cherkassy Oblast.
Zaporizhzhya Committee of Voters of Ukraine (Zaporizhzhya CVU)
To ensure that the campaign and voting in Zaporizhzhya oblast are carried out in a free, fair, transparent, and legal manner. Zaporizhzhya CVU will conduct long-term monitoring of the campaign, which officially starts in August; observe and monitor the vote and tallying of ballots on Election Day; and create a press center to publicize the project’s findings.