Special Issue | A Year in Review

Just a few days – and we are waving goodbye to 2021. What was it like? A year of a lifetime or a total disaster? Did we succeed or fail? Are our achievements as sustainable as the green of a Christmas tree or momentary like Frosty the Snowman? What could have been done better? Definitely, we are not here to judge – after all, it was your 2021.
But it is still enough time to think about the ups and downs of the outcoming year and learn from them. Let’s keep good things with us, never repeat the mistakes of 2021, and – as always – hope for a brighter 2022.
In this issue of our holiday newsletter, we offer you to look back at 2021 of USAID/ENGAGE and our partners and recall the brightest moments of the year gone by.
From the bottom of our hearts, we wish you happy holidays!

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USAID/ENGAGE Year in Review

  • We supported the international forum Democracy in Action: Zero Corruption Conference – the first highest-level event on hybrid threats to democracy. The Conference gathered 80 speakers from 40 countries,1 000 participants registered online, and more than 100 media were broadcasting the course of events;
  • The USAID/ENGAGE annual forum Design for Change brought together 100 civil society activists from 85 CSOs to master the Human-Centered Design (HCD) approach;
  • We reached over 1 million Ukrainians and collected 1,100 kilos of sorted waste during a nationwide ECOnomize the Planet campaign;
  • 7.000 participants gathered at KyivPride Awards to celebrate those who stand for LGBT+ rights in 7 LGBT+ related nominations;
  • 46 teachers of civic education applied for the Best Teacher of Civics nomination at the Global Teacher Prize Ukraine 2021. Hanna But from Melitopol received the award;
  • 735 000 viewers watched the edutainment TV show “Bla Bla Taxi.” The show was aired from March 27 through May 22 weekly on Channel 5;
  • 35 civil society organizations participated in NGO alley at Atlas Weekend 2021. With 10 sorting facilities, the festival handed over for processing 6100 kg of recyclable materials. 9 sign language interpreters translated 411 songs and 162 minutes of dj sets;
  • Together with Osvitoria, we launched the first podcast for civic education teachers in Ukraine. The first season will consist of 10 episodes.

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In 2021, we conducted two national Civic Engagement Polls (CEP) and Anti-Corruption Perception and Experience Poll

  • The winter edition of CEP revealed that despite stable levels of civic activism and willingness to unite for a specific cause, Ukrainians believe the authorities should take care of the well-being of citizens;
  • The autumn edition allowed us to conclude that Ukrainians have a culture of donation, however, they rarely support CSOs financially. It also gave us meaningful insights as per civic literacy among Ukrainian citizens;
  • The spring edition of the Anti-Corruption Perception and Experience Poll allowed us to trace how Ukrainians think, feel and experience corruption.

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Partners Year in Review

Transparency International Ukraine

  • Developed the analytical tool BI.prozorro.org and created a school procurement map, which already includes more than 2,200 schools from all over Ukraine;
  • Increased the transparency and accountability of the government on the online platform “Transparent Cities,” joined by 43 city councils and 46 CSOs;
  • Monitored the work of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court (attended 687 sessions) and checked the integrity of 60 candidates for the top positions in leading anti-corruption institutions;
  • The Prozorro.Sales electronic system, created by TIU, received the Open Government Award.
  • Launched the DOZORRO.Sale community, which helps local councils effectively manage community property.

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Toronto TV

  • In 2021, Toronto TV reached the largest number of Patreon supporters, who donate nearly $ 10,000 a month to the organization;
  • The Toronto TV YouTube channel marked almost half a million subscribers. There is the constant growth of subscribers to the official organization`s online channels;
  • Hosted the annual Palyanytsia Awards 2021, the winner of which received UAH 100,000 for the development of the YouTube channel.

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Vox Ukraine

  • Expanded new partnerships with educational and business institutions, which helped to create quality analytical materials, an online training course, and a monthly review of macroeconomic indicators of Ukraine;
  • Developed a unique monitoring tool “Media Ecosystem of Ukraine”;
  • VoxCheck, the project run by VoxUkraine, debunked almost 1,100 fakes and released 80 fact-checking materials to bust myths and manipulations in Ukrainian social networks;
  •  Conducted the crowdfunding campaign “Let’s make public administration better,” which raised more than UAH 500,000.

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Anti-Corruption Action Center

  • The Whack the Rating project raised almost UAH 250,000 to tell Ukrainians about corrupt officials;
  • With #Visaban project, AntAC has successfully advocated for imposing sanctions against public figures who threatened the international cooperation of Ukraine and spread Kremlin propaganda;
  • Together with partners, the organization successfully advocated the adoption of 6 crucial laws needed to advance anti-corruption and rule of law and prevented the adoption of dangerous ones;
  • Hosted the Democracy in Action: Zero Corruption Conference dedicated to Ukraine’s fight against corruption. The conference attracted 80 speakers from 40 countries and 1,000 online participants;
  • Daria Kaleniuk, Executive Director of AntAC was invited as the only speaker from Ukraine to Summit for Democracy initiated by US President Joe Biden.

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The Center for Policy and Legal Reforms

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