Central and Eastern Europe

Ukraine

 

Democratic Transition and Political Processes

Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR)

$74,500

To promote public awareness about key reforms. UCIPR will organize a series of activities to support Ukraine’s reform efforts and analyze the state of its democratic transformation. It will organize 15 meetings, focus groups, discussions and press conferences in six regions to facilitate dialogue on reforms and national unity. UCIPR will produce nine reports on topics including identity, transition to a Western model of democracy, and the balance of political power in Ukraine’s parliament. Finally, the think tank will also produce 25 issues of its e-bulletin “Research Update.”

 

Developing and Supporting Local Civic Initiatives in Ukraine’s Regions

Vinnitsa Regional Youth Public Organization “Nashe Podillya”

$55,760

To build the capacity of civic organizations and initiatives, and support civic activism in 18 regions. The organization will develop its Network of Civic Initiatives by conducting five, two-day trainings for representatives of 18 NGOs, awarding 8 mini-grants to local initiatives, organizing a bar camp for active community leaders, publishing and disseminating a collection of best practices regarding civic activism, and convening a national forum on local initiatives.

 

Developing New Media Skills of Investigative Journalists

Transitions Online

$70,542

To build the new media skills of young investigative journalists in Ukraine. The Prague-based organization will organize six webinars and four, two-day workshops for 26 investigative journalists on data mining, visualization and programming. It will also assist 10 experienced journalists in developing and implementing data visualization projects, which will be published on its website www.tol.cz.

 

Enhancing Civic Journalism and NGO Cooperation

Ukrainian People’s House in Chernivtsi

$32,755

To develop the advocacy skills of youth activists and enhance cross regional NGO cooperation. The Society will organize six trainings on advocacy for 150 activists from the Chernivtsi, Kherson, and Kirovohrad regions. It will organize three web conferences to foster civil society in the three regions and produce three issues of its Toloka (Community) newspaper. Finally, the Society will also convene a two-day conference in Chernivtsi for 32 participants from the three regions.

 

Fostering Civic Journalism in Ukraine’s Regions

Kherson Regional Charitable Foundation Union

$25,282

To foster the development of local media in the country’s regions. The grantee will organize two trainings and four webinars for 20 bloggers, journalists and activists. It will assist the most promising participants to launch at least four local media initiatives in their hometowns, as well as improve their development strategies. The organization will conclude the project by convening a conference for all participants and graduates of its previous projects.

 

Fostering Freedom and Transparency in the Media

Telekritika

$56,130

To foster freedom of the media. Telekritika will monitor media outlets for censorship, restrictions on freedom of the press, and harassment and physical attacks against journalists. The results will be published quarterly on its website, www.telekritika.ua. In 2015, Telekritika will produce and distribute more than 40 articles, infographics, video reports, and interviews with experts on two key issues: violations of the rights and security of journalists working in conflict zones and television digitalization.

 

Fostering Greater Political and Civic Activism in Chernihiv

Apelsin Center of Progressive Young People

$28,909

To increase the skills of new political leaders, address pressing local problems, and promote free and fair elections in Chernihiv. Apelsin will train 50 local leaders who might stand as candidates in municipal elections slated for 2015. It will also carry out an awareness raising campaign reaching out to 50,000 residents in five city districts. Finally, Apelsin will monitor and conduct a Quick Count and Parallel Vote Tabulation for the elections to the Chernihiv city council.

 

Fostering Local Reforms in Ukraine’s Regions

Education for Democracy Foundation

$41,650

To foster reforms in Ukraine. The Poland-based foundation will conduct two, two-day trainings for 18 Ukrainian activists from eight regions on working with local authorities to foster reforms. Following the trainings, the foundation will assist project participants in analyzing the needs of their communities, organizing 8 roundtable discussions, and developing 8 project ideas. The project will be implemented together with two local NGO partners, including Nashe Podillya and the Lion Society.

 

Fostering Political Activism and Free and Fair Elections in Northwestern Ukraine

Volyn Resource Center

$15,145

To promote free and fair elections in the Rivne region. The group will hold 10 trainings for at least 1,000 people from nine districts who will serve as short-term observers for the municipal elections in October 2015. It will also provide legal support to observers, candidates, and the public during the campaign to improve their knowledge of legislation and tools for preventing electoral fraud.

 

Fostering Reforms and Promoting Government Accountability

Kyiv School of Economics

$37,870

To facilitate informed public debate on domestic reforms and promote the accountability and transparency of the Ukrainian government. The KSE will improve and further develop its website VoxUkraine (http://voxukraine.org) as an independent platform for promoting reforms. The KSE will increase the site’s audience, conduct 10 public events, develop a tool for measuring the progress of reforms, and continue publishing reports on the activities of Members of Parliament.

 

Fostering Regional Reconciliation

Center for Cultural Management

$23,000

To promote cross-regional dialogue and reconciliation. The grantee will facilitate the participation of 50 activists in weeklong fellowships at opposite ends of the country. During their stay, the fellows will participate in local activities and implement projects fostering reconciliation and expanding cooperation between different communities. The program will contribute to building mutual understanding and overcoming stereotypes dividing Ukraine.

 

Furthering Ukraine’s Democratic Transition

AHALAR Center for Humane Technologies

$40,944

To increase civil society’s influence on Ukraine’s democratic transition by facilitating cross-sectional cooperation and improving skills of local activists. The group will organize two, three-day training workshops for at least 40 representatives the civil society, conduct a four-day study visit to Warsaw for 10 participants, award 8 small grants averaging $300 for local civic initiatives and further develop its online networking platform (www.dobrodel.org.ua).

 

Identifying Opportunities and Threats to Democratization

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$102,382

To increase the quality of survey data and improve the understanding of public attitudes related to reforms before and after the October 2015 local elections. The organization will conduct a nationwide public opinion survey and, in three cities, implicit association tests (IATs), which measure underlying and often unstated attitudes. These activities will provide important information about the Ukrainian context and add specificity and credibility to consultations with political party partners regarding citizen engagement in the reform process, voter outreach, message development, and other topics.

 

Improving IDP-related Coverage in Three Regions

Association of Regional Media

$16,156

To improve the media coverage of IDP-related issues in the Chernihiv, Sumy and Kharkiv regions. The association will monitor over 200 local media and social networks, conduct trainings for 90 journalists on covering IDP-related stories, assist media in producing at least 90 media materials, and air two public advertisements about IDPs on regional media.

 

Increasing the Capacity of New Political Leaders in Ukraine

European Institute for Democracy

$50,000

To increase the skills of new political leaders. The Warsaw-based EID will conduct a training and study visit program in Poland for emerging regional political party activists from Ukraine. EID will hold two, five-day trainings for 12 party activists from five Ukrainian political organizations on election campaigning, party building, and organizational security, and produce four video training materials. Each of the activists will in turn conduct a training for at least 20 other activists in Ukraine.

 

Increasing the Capacity of Regional Media in Ukraine

Media Development Foundation

$15,150

To increase the capacity of regional media. The Media Development Foundation (MDF), a nonprofit organization founded by the Kyiv Post, will organize a five-day training in Kyiv for 10 regional journalists on new media, international journalism standards, video news, and editorial writing. Following the training, the MDF will arrange two-week internships for the participants with leading Kyiv media outlets, and participants will produce follow-up training plans for their regional newsrooms. To increase the capacity of regional media. The Media Development Foundation (MDF), a nonprofit organization founded by the Kyiv Post, will organize a five-day training in Kyiv for 10 regional journalists on new media, international journalism standards, video news, and editorial writing. Following the training, the MDF will arrange two-week internships for the participants with leading Kyiv media outlets, and participants will produce follow-up training plans for their regional newsrooms.

 

Increasing the Capacity of Regional Media Reporting from Conflict Zones

Media Development Foundation

Supplement: $24,000

To increase the capacity of regional media. The grantee will organize a five-day training in Kyiv for 10 regional journalists on new media, international journalism standards, video news, and editorial writing, followed by two-week internships with leading Kyiv media outlets. Participants will produce follow-up training plans for their regional newsrooms. The group will also organize a series of specialized technology and security trainings for journalists reporting from the country’s war zones.

 

Increasing the Safety and Reporting Skills of Journalists

Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)

$117,041

To increase the safety and reporting skills of Ukrainian journalists working in conflict environments. The IWPR will select and train 20 journalists on topics including operating in hostile environments, emergency first aid, digital security, and war and ethical reporting. Participants who successfully complete the training will also receive full safety gear and medical kits.

 

Informing Voters in Chernivtsi

Bukovyna Partnership Agency

$12,380

To stimulate public dialogue and inform voters ahead of the October 2015 local elections in Chernivtsi. The agency will conduct eight public debates with candidates and broadcast them on regional television and radio stations reaching an audience of over one million citizens. The debates will focus on pressing local issues. The agency will also produce and disseminate nonpartisan GOTV materials, including one audio and one video voter mobilization clip, 1,000 posters, and 40 billboards.

 

Monitoring Freedom of the Media

Institute of Mass Information

$45,646

To analyze current and pending legislation on the media, and monitor violations of press freedom. The organization will conduct independent field investigations in cases of extreme pressure or intimidation against journalists, spotlight the cases, publish an annual report on its monitoring, and convene press conferences to disseminate the findings to government representatives, media outlets and the public.

 

Monitoring Local Elections in Northeastern Ukraine

Kharkiv Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)

$22,400

To promote free, fair and transparent elections. The group will carry out a monitoring program for the October 2015 local elections. It will conduct a long-term monitoring of the campaign as well as observe the polls on election day. The group will also produce a handbook and train at least 200 local leaders on monitoring and preventing electoral fraud.

 

Monitoring Local Government in Southern Ukraine

Odesa Committee of Voters of Ukraine

$39,150

To monitor elected officials in southern Ukraine. The CVU will conduct two training seminars on monitoring for activists and continue to monitor regional and local councils in Odesa, Kotovsk, Rozdilnya, Bilhorod-Dnistrovsk, Izmail, and Reni. It will present the monitoring results and recommendations for greater accountability at four roundtable discussions, in two special issues of its bulletin, IzbirKom, and through regularly published articles on its website, www.izbirkom.od.ua.

 

Monitoring Local Government in Southern Ukraine

Odesa Committee of Voters of Ukraine

Supplement: $19,932

To promote free, fair and transparent elections. The group will carry out a monitoring program for the municipal elections slated for October 2015. It will conduct a long-term monitoring of the campaign as well as observe the polls on election day. The group will also conduct a public awareness campaign on preventing electoral fraud in the region and distribute the monitoring results through a special edition of its bulletin.

 

Preparing Future Leaders

Youth Alternative

$78,000

To build the skills of Ukraine’s future leaders. The organization will select 130 students to participate in internship programs in Parliament and municipal councils. It will also train and organize other educational and networking activities for the interns. An additional 300 students will participate in 10 cross-regional exchanges designed to produce greater east-west understanding and reconciliation.

 

Promoting Access to Independent Information in Eastern Ukraine

Center for the Study of Social Processes and Humanitarian Issues

$24,260

To increase independent news on regional issues. The organization will support a team of journalists reporting on regional news in the eastern city of Luhansk and surrounding region. It will continue to cover social, political and economic developments in this key area and publish them on its website. As conflict in the east continues, the organization will produce and disseminate approximately 3,120 analytical and daily news pieces focusing on the Luhansk region.

 

Promoting Accountability and Increasing Transparency in Southern Ukraine

MediaVision

$14,250

To promote accountability and improve government transparency in southern Ukraine. As a branch of the national anti-corruption civic initiative Nashi Groshi (Our Money), the organization will investigate corruption practices in the Zaporizhia region. It will publish the results weekly on its website zp.nashigroshi.org, report them to law enforcement agencies, and advocate for launching formal investigations.

 

Promoting Accountability and Transparency in Southern Ukraine

Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation

$26,450

To increase the accountability of the authorities in the southern region of Kherson. The Foundation, which publishes the regional newspaper Vgoru (Upwards), will increase citizens’ access to information about the activities of local and regional governments by producing 146 articles analyzing the activities and performance of officials, as well as seven investigative journalism pieces on pressing issues in the region. The Foundation will also maintain the newspaper’s online edition, www.vgoru.org, where all materials will also be posted.

 

Promoting Accountability in Southwestern Ukraine

Chernivtsi Committee of Voters of Ukraine

$41,315

To promote government accountability and transparency in southwestern Ukraine. The organization will hold two training seminars for municipal council deputies and local leaders promoting transparency within the decision making process. It will hold 9 round tables to promote public participation in the reform process, and continue to update its website www.buktoloka.cv.ua. It will also conduct a long-term monitoring of the local elections.

 

Promoting Administrative Reform in Northeastern and Central Ukraine

Ukrainian Institute for International Politics

$44,150

To promote administrative reform in northeastern and central Ukraine. The UIIP will conduct an informational campaign addressing misconceptions about decentralization in the cities of Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Poltava, Kirovograd, Cherkasy, and Zhytomir, as well as in the Kyiv region. It will organize eight seminars for 350 participants, conduct eight press conferences for local media, and distribute a series of informational materials. The UIIP will utilize participant feedback to prepare a series of recommendations on efficiently implementing this key reform.

 

Promoting Awareness of Human Rights Violations in Crimea

Human Rights

$47,890

To promote awareness of the human rights situation in Crimea. The human rights situation on the peninsula will be monitored, and spotlight news and video reports regarding violations will be published on a website.

 

Promoting Awareness of the Rights of National and Ethnic Minorities in Crimea

Human Rights

Supplement: $9,320

To promote awareness of the human rights situation in Crimea. In order to inform the public about the poor human rights situation of Ukraine’s Crimean Tatars a documentary film will be produced on Mustafa Djemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatars and a universally recognized human rights activist. The documentary will provide information on the current situation in Crimea and challenge Russian propaganda concerning the peninsula’s annexation. In addition, the initiative will organize a summer school for civic activists and journalists from Crimea.

 

Promoting Awareness of the Rights of National and Ethnic Minorities in Crimea

Human Rights

$50,000

To promote awareness of the human rights situation in Crimea. The organization will produce a documentary film on Mustafa Djemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatars and a universally recognized human rights activist. The documentary will provide information on the current situation in Crimea and challenge Russia’s propaganda pieces concerning the peninsula’s annexation.

 

Promoting Civic Activism in Northern and Eastern Ukraine

Sumy Regional Committee of Youth Organizations

$61,006

To develop the NGO sector in rural areas of northeastern Ukraine. The grantee will work with its network of over 30 NGOs to expand civil society initiatives in the Sumy, Poltava, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizha regions. It will hold training seminars for NGO activists, maintain its website Molod.sumy.ua, publish its bulletin Spalakh, support local initiatives through a mini-grant competition, and convene a regional conference.

 

Promoting Civic Awareness through Media

Data Journalism Agency

$31,425

To enhance public awareness and stimulate debate on government performance and other accountability issues. The organization will produce 10 articles per month on civic activism, accountability, transparency and reform and publish them on its website www.texty.org.ua. To provide quantitative analysis on political, economic and social reforms, the Agency will also produce 16 data visualizations.

 

Promoting Civic Engagement and Transparency

Garage Gang Collective

$44,000

To increase government transparency and accountability. Focusing on five cities – Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Odesa and Lviv – and six smaller towns throughout the country, the organization will increase the capacity of civil society to interact constructively with administrative and business structures. The grantee will support up to six projects seeking to resolve local problems, and help them to implement fundraising strategies using its successful crowdfunding tools.

 

Promoting Dialogue and Reconciliation in Ukraine’s Regions

Youth Organization STAN

$17,615

To build cooperation among organizations from the Donbas and promote regional understanding. STAN will facilitate East-West dialogue in Ukraine by producing an analytical report that debunks myths and tackles common stereotypes about east Ukrainians and disseminating it through 10 public events in eight cities with large IDP populations, including Kyiv, Vinnitsya, Kremenchug, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lutsk, Odesa and Kharkiv. STAN will also convene a training for 20 displaced Donbas activists to foster closer cooperation and develop new civic initiatives.

 

Promoting Factual Reporting on Ukraine

The Media Reforms Center

$38,000

To promote factual reporting on Ukraine. The Center will maintain and expand the fact checking website Stopfake.org, transforming it into an information hub for journalists, bloggers and the general public. In addition to improving the quality and increasing the quantity of original materials in English and Russian, the Center will improve the site’s security, increase its outreach on social media, and produce video content for traditional and online TV audiences.

 

Promoting Freedom of Assembly

Center for Social and Labor Research

$22,980

To promote an awareness of fundamental rights and freedoms. The Center will continue fostering a greater awareness of the freedom of assembly in Ukraine. As part of a larger national advocacy campaign, the Center will monitor protest activity throughout the country, share the data with campaign activists, distribute it through social media, and produce 12 reports.

 

Promoting Freedom of Assembly

Institute of the Republic

$35,849

To promote of freedom of assembly. As part of a larger national advocacy campaign to defend and advance this human right, the Institute will conduct five, two-day training sessions for active citizens, and print and distribute 2,000 posters and 40,000 flyers publicizing campaign events. Two regional coordinators will facilitate grass roots initiatives and provide necessary organizational and information support to address local issues.

 

Promoting Government Accountability and Citizen Engagement

Platform Civil Control

$31,000

To promote accountability and transparency in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Through monitoring, anti-corruption investigations, advocacy campaigns, and training activists on effective methods of public oversight, the organization will increase the efficiency and responsiveness of local authorities. Based on its monitoring results, the group will prepare recommendations to local authorities and advocate for the adoption of necessary changes to reduce the risks of corruption.

 

Promoting Government Accountability and Transparency

NGO Centre UA

$22,000

To promote government accountability regarding access to information. The organization will maintain its interactive website, www.dostup.pravda.com.ua, which facilitates public requests for information. The grantee will conduct a countrywide, multimedia training and advocacy campaign on Ukraine’s law on public information to increase the effectiveness of public, civil society, and media monitoring of government accountability and transparency.

 

Promoting Government Accountability and Transparency

Ukrainian League of Lawyers for Combatting Corruption

$35,400

To promote accountability and transparency. The program will establish a coalition of leading national anti-corruption NGOs, launch an information campaign, and hold six roundtables to foster discussion on concepts for whistleblower protection among experts and policy makers. The organization will draft a bill on whistleblower protection, present it to the public and advocate for its passing by the Parliament.

 

Promoting Government Accountability in Southern Ukraine

Kherson Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)

$31,490

To increase the transparency and accountability of local and regional governments in southern Ukraine. The CVU will continue to monitor the implementation of local election promises and programs in six districts of the Kherson region, and carry out an information outreach campaign to disseminate the results that will include a public opinion survey, an analytical report and two bulletins, two press conferences, and a roundtable.

 

Promoting Human Rights in Eastern Ukraine

NGO Euroleader

$25,678

To promote civil society and human rights in eastern Ukraine. Euroleader will expand its office in Sloviansk to serve as a regional human rights center that will offer legal consultations, maintain a human rights library and hotline, and provide meeting space and shelter for activists. To raise awareness of human rights, Euroleader will prepare and air three radio PSAs, and publish and distribute 1,000 booklets and 10,000 pamphlets. To strengthen networking and cooperation, Euroleader will organize two trainings and a roundtable for 50 local activists, journalists and officials.

 

Promoting Human Rights through a Documentary Film Festival

NGO South

$81,640

To raise public awareness of human rights. The NGO “South” will convene the 12th edition of its annual human rights film festival, Docudays UA. NED support will cover partial costs of the festival’s seven-day inauguration in Kyiv, and its traveling film festival, which will cover all 24 regions of Ukraine. The festival will feature international and domestic human rights documentaries, educational materials, and public discussions, seminars, performances and debates led by human rights NGO representatives and experts.

 

Promoting Improved Human Rights Legislation

Center for Civil Liberties

$34,500

To promote public engagement in and oversight of human rights legislation. The Center will monitor, analyze and propose improvements and amendments to legislation relating to human rights and freedoms. To increase capacity in this field, the Center will convene six roundtables and nine working meetings for 300 activists. To increase public awareness of human rights issues, the Center will hold two press conferences and organize at least five civic campaigns promoting human rights issues.

 

Promoting Independent Information and Democratic Debate

Hromadske Radio

$39,000

To promote access to independent information and foster democratic discourse. Hromadske Radio will produce and broadcast a daily, two-hour talk show Hromadska Khvylia (Civic Wave ) on AM and FM radio. It will also live stream the program on the organization’s website www.hromadskeradio.org.

 

Promoting Information Exchange

Information and Analytical Center Civic Space

$36,000

To improve the outreach and communications strategies of NGOs and nascent civic initiatives emerging from the Maidan movement. The organization will expand and upgrade its web portal, www.civicua.org, which facilitates interaction and networking among civil society organizations, and provides objective news, information and analysis regarding ongoing reforms.

 

Promoting Political Activism and Government Accountability in Central Ukraine

Cherkasy Regional Organization of Committee Voters of Ukraine

$23,710

To increase the skills of emerging political leaders, and promote free and fair elections in Ukraine’s Cherkasy region. The organization will train 150 local leaders from five cities who plan to participate in municipal elections slated for October 2015 or serve as local councilors’ assistants. It will also conduct a long-term monitoring of the campaign as well as observe on election day.

 

Promoting Religious Freedom in Ukraine

Ukrainian Catholic University

$42,050

To lessen tensions among Ukraine’s various religious communities. UCU will provide accurate, timely news and information relating to religious affairs through its Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU), an online news agency that covers issues of church-state relations, religious rights, and conflict between Ukraine’s various faith-based communities (www.risu.org.ua). The website will publish up to 4,000 articles and analyses during the coming year.

 

Promoting Strategic Communications

Ukraine Crisis Media Center

$49,980

To promote the dissemination of objective information. The UCMC will provide vital media outreach services, particularly supporting strategic government communications with respect to the ongoing military and humanitarian crisis, and facilitate public dialogue on key reforms. It will organize at least three press briefings, roundtables, or panel discussions daily. It will also issue at least 75 press releases to promote public awareness of human rights, foster democratic values and ideas, and disseminate accurate information to domestic and international media.

 

Promoting the Implementation of Education Reform

Center for Society Research

$25,520

To monitor and improve the implementation of education reform. The Center will launch a website to monitor violations of the rights of students, professors and university staffs. Based on the collected information, the Center will prepare quarterly reports analyzing systematic problems and will work with the Ministry of Education and the Parliament to produce legislative changes to address them.

 

Promoting the Transition from Civic to Political Activism in Ukraine

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)

$32,410

To increase the political skills of civic activists. In partnership with the Ukrainian Civic Initiatives Network, the Warsaw-based IPA will organize three, two-day training sessions in Sumy, Vinnytsya, and Odesa for 36 participants. It will select 10 promising activists to participate in a nine-day study visit to Poland to gain experience and practical political skills. Participants will work individually with tutors to develop reform action plans, of which three will receive further support for implementation in their target regions.

 

Promoting Transparency and Accountability with Investigative Journalism

Internews Ukraine

$35,000

To promote the transparency and accountability of local governments. The organization will assist a network of journalists to conduct approximately 40 in-depth investigations of corruption at the regional level. It will publish approximately 400 articles and blog entries, as well as 15 infographics, related to corruption cases on its website www.corruptua.org. The organization will also disseminate a monthly newsletter publicizing corruption investigations to local officials in five regions to promote accountability.

 

Promoting Transparency in Political Processes

Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR)

Supplement: $15,680

To promote greater transparency in Ukraine’s political and electoral system. For the early October 2014 parliamentary elections, UCIPR will monitor and analyze the platforms of the five main political parties and produce six reports to better inform and educate voters ahead of this crucial contest.

 

Promoting Transparency of Media Ownership

Media Watch

$46,072

To promote the transparency of media ownership. The organization’s experts will review Ukraine’s 150 leading national and local TV, radio, print and online media to identify their owners and assess their influence on editorial policies and level of corruption. The monitoring results will be disseminated through traditional and online media, presented at 5 roundtables in the regions, and shared with state regulatory bodies, including the National Council on TV and Radio Broadcasting. In addition, the organization will conduct five investigations on corruption in the media sector.

 

Promoting Youth Activism

NGO “On Time”

$30,270

To strengthen youth activism. The group will expand its Diya-ua.com (Action in Ukraine) online platform that promotes cooperation and networking between youth activists and more experienced project managers and coaches. Together they will carry out at least 15 social, environmental or educational projects to mobilize youth and promote cross-sectoral cooperation, and organize a series of events to share experiences and best practices.

 

Promoting Youth Activism in Central Ukraine

Coalition of Cherkassy Youth NGOs “Moloda Cherkaschyna”

$32,210

To strengthen youth involvement in civil society in central Ukraine. To enhance its network of youth activists and organizations, the Coalition will organize two networking seminars and a six-day training for approximately 50 youth activists in Cherkassy, Kirovohrad, Poltava and Vinnytsya. The Coalition will also conduct a monitoring and information campaign on youth policy in the four regions by awarding four mini-grants and upgrading its website, www.mck.org.ua.

 

Promoting Youth Human Rights Awareness

Independent Association of Broadcasters

$72,842

To raise awareness of human rights, protect freedom of speech, and educate youth about the role of media in democratic society. The Association will organize its sixth annual Kinomedia Festival, which will include film screenings and public lectures at universities in seven Ukrainian cities. The Association will also assist regional broadcasters in producing and distributing 80 TV programs on reforms and other topics relevant to the country’s transition.

 

Protecting Human and Civil Rights

Ukrainian Coalition for Legal Aid (ULAC)

$30,450

To promote and protect civil and human rights. ULAC will provide legal aid through 10 of its 16 regional offices to Ukrainians dislocated due to the conflict in the country’s east. It will produce and distribute a manual (5,000 copies) and four leaflets (10,000 copies each), as well as organize two trainings, to inform IDPs about legal services and otherwise assist them.

 

Protecting Human and Civil Rights

Ukrainian Coalition for Legal Aid (ULAC)

Supplement: $16,200

To promote and protect civil and human rights. The program will provide legal aid through 10 of its 16 regional offices to Ukrainians dislocated due to the conflict in the country’s east. It will produce and distribute a manual (5,000 copies) and four leaflets (10,000 copies each), as well as organize two trainings to about legal services and to support IDPs.

 

Providing Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Council of Civil Initiatives

$23,920

To foster human rights, dialogue and reconciliation. The Council will foster the integration of residents displaced by the conflict in Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions. It will assist approximately 2,000 IDPs in the city and region of Kyiv by providing counseling, training and other assistance. By assisting IDPs to settle into new communities and promoting dialogue and understanding, the program seeks to temper growing hostility from host communities that threatens the consolidation of the Ukrainian state.

 

Stimulating Dialogue on Transition Processes

Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF)

Supplement: $30,500

To stimulate informed debate and dialogue among civil society, government and the general public on issues relating to Ukraine’s transition to democracy. Through three national polls, four expert surveys, and a quarterly scholarly journal, DIF will inform Ukraine’s leaders about public opinion and educate the public about important policy debates.

 

Strengthening Anti-Corruption Compliance

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$249,998

To strengthen a culture of anti-corruption compliance. The Institute will increase the awareness of corruption risks among Ukrainian small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and improve government officials’ understanding of SMEs’ anti-corruption obligations under the country’s new laws and regulations. This project is part of a multi-year effort to reduce corruption in Ukraine by fostering effective dialogue on the issue, thus leading to a stronger and more stable democratic society.

 

Strengthening Interregional Communication and Cooperation

Ukrainian Youth Association of Ukraine

$35,080

To strengthen civil society organizations in Ukraine’s regions and Crimea. To begin the process of reconciliation among youth in the country’s regions, SUM will conduct three trainings and one working meeting for up to 40 teachers from the targeted regions, and hold a mini-grant competition that will provide support for five interregional civic initiatives fostering cooperation and national unity.

 

Strengthening Local Democracy

Institute of Political Education

$65,560

To continue fostering democratic local and regional government. The organization will conduct six, three-day training seminars in Odesa, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Lviv and Kyiv for 150 local and regional councilors, mostly from the country’s southeastern regions. The trainings will focus on preparing newly elected local governments for the increased financial autonomy that would result from pending administrative reforms and decentralization. In addition, the Institute will produce and distribute 2,100 copies of a councilor’s manual.

 

Strengthening the Capacity of NGOs in Central and Eastern Ukraine

Center for Support of Civic and Cultural Initiatives “Tamarisk”

$58,000

To increase the capacity and professionalism of new civic initiatives and NGOs in the Dnipropetrovsk region. The organization will provide extensive support to post-Maidan civic groups by offering targeted trainings, disseminating information useful to civic initiatives, and providing constant online and onsite consultations. The organization will also assist 10 local initiatives with small grants up to $2,500.

 

Strengthening Transparency in Procurement in Northeastern Ukraine

Sumy Regional Organization “Bureau of Political Analysis”

$33,700

To promote transparency and accountability in the use of public funds by local governments in northeastern Ukraine. The organization will conduct two trainings and a three-day conference for 10 new and 30 veteran civic activists to familiarize them with procurement procedures. The activists will monitor 120 procurement cases in Sumy, Kharkiv, Poltava, Chernihiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Cherkasy, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions. The organization will publicize the results through online and print articles, four press club events, and a final report.

 

Supporting Civil Society

Donetsk Press Club

$36,125

To support and strengthen cooperation among organizations from the Donbas. The grantee will assist a coalition of civil society groups from the region, and create an online database and interactive map of at least 100 NGOs and civic initiatives displaced by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. It will also produce 50 publications, operate a hotline for journalists and activists, and organize public events to raise awareness about developments in the east.

 

Supporting Civil Society in the Donbas

Donetsk Press Club

$39,280

To strengthen civil society and promote regional understanding. The Donetsk Press Club will establish an office in Kyiv to facilitate the work and cooperation of civil society groups displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The office will host a coalition of over 30 NGOs known as the “Committee of the Patriotic Forces of Donbass,” which will prepare a weekly analytical report on regional developments, organize three workshops on effective engagement with the authorities, and conduct six events to raise awareness about developments in the east and advocate for the government to address them.

 

Supporting Human Rights

Human Rights Center “Postup”

$49,070

To raise capacity of human rights NGO networks and monitor human rights. During a heightened period of need for human rights assistance, the Center will conduct 20 seminars to train 150 journalists, civic activists, youth and NGO leaders to provide more effective assistance to IDPs. The organization will create a database to monitor and systematize response mechanisms for providing direct assistance to victims.

 

Supporting Independent Regional Media

Center for Research on Social Perspectives in the Donbas

$49,955

To promote independent information and news about the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The Center will launch a new section on its popular news website, OstriV (www.ostro.org) dedicated to news and analysis of the conflict. The Center’s team of four correspondents and analysts and two translators will produce more than 180 analytical and 7,800 informational items for the website.

 

Uniting Business Advocacy

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$446,000

To improve the advocacy capacity of business associations and chambers of commerce and industry, and the advocacy effectiveness of the National Business Platform; to improve internally displaced entrepreneurs’ ability to advocate for their needs; and to increase awareness of corruption risks among businesses by creating a culture of compliance. This is part of a multi-year effort to increase the advocacy capacity of organizations representing the business community, which in turn will lead to stronger and more stable democratic society in Ukraine.

 

From the 2015 NED Annual Report

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