Broadcasting Independent News and Information
Crimean Community Radio
To promote freedom of information in Crimea. The independent radio station will produce objective news and information and broadcast it daily to Crimea via Ukraine-based transmitters. The media outlet will carry out the project with an online portal that is a popular source of independent news and analysis on Crimea.
Enhancing the Implementation of Reforms
Kyiv School of Economics
To foster the implementation of key reforms. The organization will conduct in-depth research and publish reports on important reforms, including those in the education, healthcare, and public administration sectors. It will also facilitate learning and discussion among reform-oriented teams in various government ministries and civil society leaders through open and closed policy seminars, networking events, and short-term professional development courses.
Fostering Democratic Reforms in the Regions
Ukrainian Institute for International Politics
To foster democratic reforms in the country’s regions. The organization will engage with elected officials representing a broad range of political parties and facilitate dialogue among them. The nonpartisan program will convene seminars to increase local politicians’ knowledge regarding reforms currently being implemented at the national level. It will also produce and distribute a policy brief detailing new political and economic opportunities for local communities and the increased authority of local governments.
Fostering Independent Media in Southeastern Ukraine
Charitable Organization “Charity and Health Fund”
To support independent media in southeastern Ukraine. The organization will maintain and expand its portal Vgoru.org, which is a leading source of independent news and analysis in the Kherson region. In addition to producing and posting daily stories with a focus on accountability, the organization will conduct investigations into local problems. It will also develop and distribute an online app for accessing its publication via mobile phones.
Fostering Independent Media in the Donbas
Anti-crisis Media Center
To foster independent media in the Donbas. The center will produce daily reports on social and political developments in the Luhansk, Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk regions. It will also hold public events, including discussions, press conferences, roundtables, and seminars, to address local issues and strengthen the skills of local civic activists and journalists. The center will publish all news reports and project materials on its website and social network pages.
Fostering Independent Media in the Donbas
Donetsk Institute of Information
To foster independent media in eastern Ukraine. The organization will monitor media in the separatist-controlled areas, produce news, articles, and analytical reports on the developments in the region, publish them on its websites, and distribute them via an email newsletter. It will also produce and broadcast weekly editions of its weekly Donbas Today television show, and promote it through video clips on social media.
Fostering Independent Reporting in Eastern Ukraine
Kharkiv Crisis Infocenter
To foster independent reporting in eastern Ukraine. The center will produce daily news reports on developments in the Kharkiv region. It will also operate its press club, and hold and broadcast public events, including discussions, press conferences, and roundtables, to address pressing local issues. The center will publish all news reports and other project materials on its website and social media pages.
Fostering Local Reforms in Ukraine’s Regions
Education for Democracy Foundation
To promote decentralization reforms on the local level. In cooperation with a Ukrainian partner, the Poland-based organization will increase the skills of leaders and activists representing 16 communities from the Khmelnytskyi, Zaporizhya, Zhytomyr, and Donbas regions. It will conduct a series of trainings, a study trip to Poland, a small grant competition, and a final conference to facilitate the exchange of best practices and experiences among participants.
Fostering Media Freedom and Transparency
To foster media freedom and promote transparency in the media sector. Over two years, the organization will monitor governmental agencies’ attempts to reform the country’s media market and introduce public broadcasting. It also will track the government’s communications policy regarding the Donbas, produce frequent analytical reports, and publish them on its websites.
Fostering Youth Activism in the East
Kultura Medialna NGO
To promote youth activism and civic engagement. The organization will train up to 100 youth from the country’s eastern regions on civic activism and project management. Participants will receive mini-grants to implement projects resulting from the trainings. Finally, the trainees will engage with local civil society though internships with local NGOs and study trips to civic organizations in other cities in eastern Ukraine.
Improving Local Government in Central and Southern Ukraine
Cherkasy Committee of Voters of Ukraine
To increase the skills of emerging political leaders and strengthen the capacity of local governments. Working with local partners, the organization will train local councilors and pro-reform politicians in the Cherkasy, Kherson, Kirovohrad, Kyiv, Odesa, and Vinnytsia regions. The trainings and a final conference will focus on taking advantage of new opportunities created by the decentralization reform process and providing effective tools to improve governance in local communities.
Improving Political Party Communication With Members And Citizens
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
To support Ukrainian political parties in consolidating internal democracy, improving communications, and expanding citizen outreach. The institute will organize regular consultations, support regional forums, and train party activists to conduct cascade trainings. Through these events, as well as public opinion research and the use of cutting edge digital tools, the institute will help parties better understand and respond to citizen concerns, taking into account the parties’ varying stages of development.
Improving the Reform Coverage of Independent Media
To improve the quality of the coverage of the country’s reform process by national and regional independent media. A team of experienced journalists will produce news items focusing on pro-democratic reforms for its popular website. It will also provide mentorship and training to 15 regional media outlets, increasing their capacity to cover complex aspects of pro-European democratic reforms and making their coverage more relatable and understandable to the public.
Increasing the Capacity of New Political Leaders in Ukraine
European Institute for Democracy
To increase the skills of new political leaders. The Warsaw-based organization will assist leaders from Zhytomir, Boguslav and Ternopil to improve their communities through a series of study trips to Poland and assessment visits of Polish experts to Ukraine. It will help the participants to draft and execute community action plans to address local problems, produce promotional videos to showcase success stories, and convene a final conference in Kyiv to share project results and recommendations.
Increasing the Capacity of Regional Media
Media Development Foundation
To build the capacity of regional media. The organization will conduct a training and exchange program for reporters and media outlets from across the country. In addition, it will assist regional journalists to develop new media, video news, and editorial writing skills through trainings and internships with prominent news outlets in the capital.
Increasing the Capacity of Regional Media
To increase the capacity and outreach of regional media. The organization will select 10 newly-privatized media outlets from small and medium-sized towns and assist them in developing, launching, maintaining, and promoting online portals. It will also conduct trainings for the outlets’ newsroom staff and provide mentoring to assist them in producing and promoting high quality media content.
Increasing the Public’s Understanding of Economic Issues
Center for Social-Economic Research (CASE) Ukraine
To better inform the public about important economic issues and foster government accountability. The think tank will produce daily and weekly content, including articles, infographics, short videos and interactive visualizations, which explain economic policies in a concise and entertaining style. The content will shed light on complex economic issues such as the state budget, business environment, and social services. The think tank will distribute the content across social media and republish it in partner news outlets.
Promoting Accountability and Increasing Transparency in Southern Ukraine
To promote accountability and improve government transparency in southern Ukraine. Serving as a branch of the national anti-corruption civic initiative Nashi Hroshi (Our Money), the organization will investigate corruption practices in the Zaporizhia region. It will publish the results on its website, report them to law enforcement agencies, and advocate for launching formal investigations of egregious cases.
Promoting Accountability and Transparency through Open Data
To promote government accountability and transparency. Working with local NGO and government partners from 30 Ukrainian cities, the Warsaw-based organization will conduct trainings on using open data to foster greater government accountability. It will organize study visits for data activists and local officials to Ukrainian and Polish cities that have successfully incorporated open data into decision making processes. The organization will also publish a related guidebook with best practices, case studies, and recommendations.
Promoting Accountability in Western Ukraine
Center of Public Monitoring and Research
To promote government accountability in western Ukraine. The organization will identify indicators of corruption in government procurement bids in the Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Ternopil, and Zakarpattia regions. It will also hold trainings on monitoring local government procurement for civil society activists from small towns in the Lviv and Zakarpattia regions. Finally, the organization will spotlight evidence of corruption through a partnership with a local watchdog website.
Promoting and Protecting Human Rights
Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
To promote and safeguard human rights. The organization will monitor and report on the country’s human rights situation, with a particular focus on the war-torn areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and provide legal assistance to victims of the most serious violations. It will also analyze draft laws and legislation related to human rights and advocate for their passage, and organize a human rights school.
Promoting Civic Activism
Ukrainian Volunteer Service
To strengthen the capacity and sustainability of local grassroots initiatives. To increase the influence and skills of civic leaders in building partnerships, the organization will conduct trainings for civic activists from across the country, provide mentorship support to initiatives throughout the project’s course, and convene a final conference to promote best practices of cross-sectional cooperation on the local level.
Promoting Civic Activism Among Youth
Lviv Education Foundation
To promote regional integration, social cohesion, and civic activism among youth. The organization will organize volunteer camps in nine of Ukraine’s regions. Approximately 700 volunteers, representing 25 regions, will participate in the three-week camps. A leadership school will provide additional management skills to the most outstanding volunteers. These participants will form teams and develop their own community projects under the guidance of the organization’s staff.
Promoting Civic Activism in Eastern Ukraine
Charitable Fund Hope
To promote civic activism and strengthen civil society in eastern Ukraine. The organization will maintain a resource center that assists civil society in the front-line territories of the Donbas. The center will host public gatherings, workshops and public events, and serve as a platform for developing new civic initiatives that improve the quality of local governance and monitor the implementation of reforms.
Promoting Dialogue and Civic Engagement
To strengthen regional understanding, cooperation, and civic engagement. The organization will foster interregional civic dialogue and participation. It will conduct workshops for activists on tools and communications strategies that promote cooperation, leadership, and support for human rights. The organization will hold a retreat for activists to address discrimination and intolerance, conduct a training on performing grassroots needs assessments, and support initiatives that promote civic activism and tolerance.
Promoting Freedom of Expression in Eastern Ukraine
Freedom of Information
To promote freedom of expression in eastern Ukraine. The organization will organize the 4th edition of its “My Street Films Ukraine” project. It will assist amateur filmmakers from eastern Ukraine with the production of short documentaries about their communities. The organization will screen the documentaries at its annual international festival in Slavutych and in various cities around the country, including in the Donbas.
Promoting Government Accountability and Citizen Engagement
Civil Control Platform
To promote government accountability and transparency in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Through anti-corruption investigations, advocacy campaigns, and trainings on effective methods of public oversight, the organization will increase the efficiency and responsiveness of local authorities. It will also monitor the National Anti-Corruption Bureau’s court hearings throughout the country and local budgets in the region, as well as disseminate the findings through an online platform.
Promoting Government Accountability and Reform
To facilitate informed public discussion on reforms and promote government accountability. Ahead of the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections, the nonpartisan program will track the public statements of a diverse group of high-profile elected officials, launch a website containing a database of misleading statements, and produce videos exposing and correcting false claims. The organization will broadcast the videos on television and disseminate them via its website and social media pages.
Promoting Government Accountability and Transparency
Anti-Corruption Action Center
To promote government accountability and transparency. The organization will monitor the progress of anti-corruption reforms, particularly the implementation of the electronic asset declaration system and establishment of the High Anti-Corruption Court. It will comment on relevant draft laws, respond to attempts to diminish the scope of the reforms, and assist existing anti-corruption bodies in improving their activities.
Promoting Government Accountability in Eastern Ukraine
Initiative Civic Patrol
To promote government accountability and transparency in eastern Ukraine. In cooperation with local initiative groups, the organization will monitor the performance of local elected officials and advocate for transparent governance in the Donbas region. To publicize the monitoring findings, the organization will produce video materials, infographics, articles, and a quarterly newspaper, and disseminate them through local media outlets and social media platforms.
Promoting Government Accountability in Eastern Ukraine
Kharkiv Anticorruption Center
To promote government transparency and accountability in eastern Ukraine. The organization will monitor the financial performance of Kharkiv-based municipal enterprises, expose corrupt practices, and launch legal proceedings to prevent them. It will also advocate for systemic changes and new regulations that will increase the transparency and accountability of municipal enterprises. Finally, the organization will share anticorruption best practices by holding workshops in the neighboring regions of Poltava, Dnipro, Sumy, and Zaporizhia.
Promoting Government Accountability through Civic Tech
To promote government accountability and transparency through innovative technology-based tools and open data. The Poland-based organization will convene the third annual Personal Democracy Forum in Kharkiv, bringing together over 200 activists from Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The Forum will include at least 10 workshops on different aspects of strengthening democratic processes through technology and the exchange of the best practices in the use of civic tech tools.
Promoting Government Transparency in Western Ukraine
Rivne Social Partnership Center
To promote government transparency in northwestern Ukraine. The organization will identify and investigate cases of corruption by monitoring public procurement tenders undertaken by local authorities and state- and municipality-owned enterprises. It will publicize the findings through television programs and investigative articles disseminated through local media outlets. To improve procurement reform, the organization will offer trainings and consultations to local business, activists, and officials.
Promoting Human Rights through a Documentary Festival
To raise public awareness of human rights. The organization will convene the 14th and 15th editions of its Docudays UA human rights film festival. The annual event features international and domestic documentary films, educational materials, public discussions, seminars, performances, and debates led by human rights and civil society activists. The project will include holding the marquee event in Kyiv, supporting its traveling film festival, and expanding its network of human rights film clubs across the country.
Promoting Information Exchange
To improve the public outreach and communication strategies of NGOs and new civic initiatives. The organization will expand and upgrade its web portal, which facilitates interaction and networking among civic activists and provides objective news, information, and announcements for civil society. The portal will serve as a knowledge hub, operate as a web resource, and offer consultations on NGO management to meet the needs of activists throughout the country.
Promoting Independent Information
To provide access to independent information and promote democratic discourse. The media outlet will develop a regional edition of an international news program that will be broadcast through traditional AM and FM radio and Internet radio to the Donbas. It will also contract local correspondents in the Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kyiv regions to report directly on events in the conflict regions. The outlet will also disseminate and publicize the program through its website.
Promoting Judicial Transparency and Accountability
To improve judicial accountability and transparency. The organization will maintain and expand its online database of judges’ public financial declarations and performance evaluations. The database assists law enforcement officials and anti-corruption bodies in identifying corrupt judges. The organization will also host a series of public events raising awareness of corruption in the judiciary. Finally, it will help civic activists across the country advocate for the implementation of crucial judicial reforms.
Promoting Local Activism in Eastern Ukraine
To promote civic activism and increase the capacity of NGOs in eastern Ukraine. The organization will conduct trainings for local civic activists in the Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Poltava regions. It will also provide technical assistance and small grant support to local civic initiatives in the east. To enhance the integration of civil society across the country, the organization will organize study visits to model initiatives in western Ukraine.
Promoting Local Government Accountability
Odesa Committee of Voters of Ukraine
To promote the accountability of local and regional elected officials. The organization will track the fulfillment of transparency and accountability obligations by members of seven municipal councils in the Odesa region, and expand its nonpartisan monitoring effort to 15 other regions. It will regularly share its findings with the public through publications, events, and its website, and provide feedback and recommendations to elected officials.
Promoting Public Debate on Government Performance
Data Journalism Agency
To stimulate public awareness of and debate on government performance related to elections and reforms. The organization will use available open data to produce journalism projects, articles, news, and infographics presenting election and complex reform issues in ways that are accessible and understandable for the public. The nonpartisan project will target complicated and politically sensitive issues often neglected by mainstream media outlets, raise journalistic standards, and improve public demand for high-quality analytic reporting.
Promoting Religious Freedom
Ukrainian Catholic University
To promote freedom of conscience through an informed analysis of religious rights and obstructions to religious freedom. The organization will provide accurate and timely news and information regarding Ukraine’s religious communities’ affairs by operating the Religious Information Service of Ukraine, an online news agency that covers church-state relations, religious rights, and conflicts between Ukraine’s various faith-based communities. The unique website will publish up to 8,000 articles during the coming two years.
Promoting the Accountability of Elected Officials
To promote public awareness of high-level corruption and increase demand for government accountability. The organization’s team of experienced investigative journalists will produce reports and infographics analyzing the promises and performance of the six political parties in Parliament. It will distribute this content to media outlets across the country, present it at a press conference, and post it on the organization’s website.
Promoting Transparency in Eastern Ukraine
To promote transparency in the healthcare sector. The organization will monitor the implementation of the healthcare reform in the Kharkiv region. Based on the monitoring findings and in cooperation with local activists, elected officials, and doctors, the organization will produce policy recommendations to address existing corruption risks and minimize the misuse of public funds. It will also work with local media to increase public awareness about the reform process.
Promoting Transparency of Local Governments in the Donbas
NGO East-Ukrainian Patriotic Association
To foster the transparency of local governments and state enterprises in the Donbas. Utilizing open data sources, the association will monitor public procurement, court rulings, and the financial reporting of state enterprises in Kramatorsk, Liman, Mariupol, and Pokrovsk. It will also conduct trainings, produce analytical materials and video reports, and make them available to the public through the Civil Inspector portal and traditional and social media.
Promoting Youth Activism in Central Ukraine
To promote youth activism in central Ukraine. The organization will convene four planning and strategy meetings, as well as four, three-day trainings, for approximately 70 youth activists from Cherkassy, Poltava, Vinnytsia and Kirovohrad. It also will conduct a monitoring and information campaign on the youth policies of local governments in the four regions, award eight small grants, and hold eight discussion groups.
Protecting and Promoting the Rights of Veterans
To promote and protect veterans’ human and civil rights, and foster reforms in the military. The organization will raise the legal awareness of and provide legal assistance to veterans and their families. To address existing legislative shortcomings related to service personnel and veterans, it will analyze cases, draft reports and recommendations, and advocate for reforms to existing laws and regulations.
Sparking Economic Transformation
Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
To improve the capacity of business associations to advocate for reforms, represent members, and improve the capacity of citizens and public officials to cooperate in developing and implementing economic reforms. Building upon Ukraine’s decentralization process, the center will prepare its partners to positively influence economic reform at all levels. The center will also continue to develop its Leadership Academy for Development in Ukraine to ensure that local leaders can respond effectively to problems, support economic growth, and make democratic government more effective.
Strengthening Government Accountability
Chernihiv Public Committee for Human Rights Protection
To promote local government accountability. The organization will foster civic engagement in local government reforms by holding workshops, roundtables, and press conferences on participatory budgeting and budget monitoring in the Chernihiv, Khmelnytsky, and Sumy regions. It will publish reports on the monitoring results and offer recommendations. The project will also provide trainings and consultations to civic leaders on promoting transparency and increasing cooperation between civil society and local officials.
Strengthening Independent Media in Eastern Ukraine
To strengthen independent media in eastern Ukraine. The Kryvyi Rih-based media outlet will expand its outreach and improve the quality of its reporting on reform processes and other political developments in the city. It will produce weekly video reports and distribute them through its website and social media platforms. To raise inform and educate voters, the outlet will also produce nonpartisan programming focusing on the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Strengthening Independent Media in Eastern Ukraine
To strengthen independent media in eastern Ukraine. The media outlet will produce daily news on reform processes and political developments in the Zaporizhya region and disseminate the content through its website and social media pages. Ahead of the 2019 parliamentary and presidential elections, it will provide a nonpartisan platform for local activists, politicians, and officials to discuss regional and national issues. To expand its audience, the outlet will also launch an internet-based radio station.
Strengthening Local Democracy
Institute of Political Education
To strengthen democratic governance at the local and regional levels. The organization will conduct trainings for local councilors and civic activists in newly amalgamated communities throughout the country. The trainings will focus on new opportunities to advance the ongoing decentralization reform and present tools to implement them effectively in local communities. The organization will also produce and distribute a manual for local councilors.
Strengthening Local Democratic Governance
To promote civic engagement and democratic governance in the Zaporizhia region. The organization will improve the capacity of regional initiative groups and their cooperation with local authorities. It will organize trainings on civic participation in rural regions for activists and local government officials in amalgamated communities. The organization will also offer assistance to local civic initiatives and newly amalgamated communities in effectively incorporating civic engagement tools into local decision making processes.
Strengthening the Capacity of Internally Displaced People Groups
Right to Protection
To strengthen the capacity and professionalism of IDP initiatives and coalitions. The organization will hold trainings, consultations, and networking opportunities to help IDP groups from the eastern part of the country develop into functional, sustainable, and professional civil society organizations. In addition, it will award small grants to IDP coalitions for innovative, advocacy-focused initiatives.
Strengthening the Capacity of NGOs in Central and Eastern Ukraine
To increase the capacity and professionalism of new civic initiatives and NGOs in central and eastern Ukraine. The center will support new civic groups and activists from small towns by conducting targeted trainings and a seminar, holding network events, disseminating information, and providing online and onsite consultations. It will also support 10 local initiatives with small grants.
Strengthening the Integrity and Transparency of Elections
Ukrainian Center for Social Data
To strengthen the integrity and transparency of elections. The organization will collect a broad range of information related to national and local elections conducted over the past 20 years in Ukraine. Ahead of the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections, it will prepare and launch a nonpartisan online platform designed to reduce fraud and enhance campaigns by presenting the electoral data through innovative visual and mapping tools.
Strengthening Ukrainian Think Tanks
Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels
To strengthen and support the Ukrainian think tank community, increase its presence and impact in the EU, and advocate for European support for Ukraine’s democratic transition. The Brussels-based organization will develop its institutional capacity to advocate more effectively on behalf of its Ukrainian member organizations, intensify cooperation between Brussels- and Ukrainian-based think tanks, and implement joint projects which will bring together analysts, donors, and officials from EU institutions and Ukraine.
Supporting Independent Media in the Donbas
To support independent media in the Donbas. The Pokrovsk-based media outlet will continue to offer daily news updates and will increase its content by producing monthly reports, analyses, and videos on social and political developments in Kramatorsk, Pokrovsk, and Mariupol. It will publish all project materials on its Vchasno website and disseminate them through other news portals and social networks.
Supporting Independent Regional Media
Center for Research on Donbas Social Perspectives
To increase independent news and information, with a focus on the military conflict in eastern Ukraine. The organization will maintain its popular news website and expand a section dedicated to reporting on the conflict and monitoring events and media inside the separatist-controlled territories. Each month, the outlet’s team of journalists, analysts, and volunteers will produce 15 analytical and 650 informational items for the website.
Supporting Investigative Journalism in the Volyn Region
Center of Investigative Reporting «The Power of Truth»
To foster independent media in the Volyn region. The organization will launch a center of investigative reporting and produce investigations and reports on corruption in the judiciary, public procurement, and the management of public land. It will file approximately 10 criminal cases, publish all investigations on its website, and disseminate them through other news portals and social networks.
Supporting Investigative Journalism in the Volyn Region
Center of Investigative Reporting «The Power of Truth»
To foster independent media in the Volyn region. The organization will launch a new website and produce investigations and reports on corruption in the judiciary, public procurement, and the management of public land. It will file complaints and inquiries with law enforcement agencies when necessary. The organization will publish the materials on its website and a media partner’s site, as well as disseminate them through other news portals and social network platforms.
Supporting Local Media in Ukraine
Lviv Media Forum
To strengthen the capacity and improve the professionalism of local media. The organization will conduct two editions of its School of Media Financial Management program, which will train and mentor young journalists and media practitioners representing innovative media outlets from different regions. It will also hold its sixth annual Lviv Media Forum, which will bring together over 800 journalists, editors, and media owners to present and discuss media best practices.
Supporting Local NGOs and Civic Initiatives
Association of Ukrainian Civic Initiatives
To strengthen cooperation among local civil society organizations and initiatives. In the Mykolaiv, Cherkasy, Chernihiv and Volyn regions, the association will conduct trainings, organize a regional civil society forum and bar camp, award small grants to local initiatives, and assist in their implementation. In addition, it will collect best practices of local civil society cooperation and promote them on its website.
Supporting Regional Investigative Journalism
Agency of Journalistic Investigations «Fourth Estate»
To foster the greater accountability of public officials and local investigative journalism at the local level. The organization will maintain its news website and publish exposés on corruption and the mismanagement and misuse of public office in the country’s regions. It will report evidence of illegal activity to the appropriate authorities. The organization will also strengthen journalism in the regions by recruiting younger reporters to its publication and distributing their articles to other regional media outlets.
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