“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek,” Barack Obama, 44th US President said. For Ukraine, implementing reforms has been an uneasy task. To climb this mountain, the state needs a good companion to rely on — Ukrainian civil society, with its vast expertise and willingness to bring changes. With this issue of our newsletter, we will be exploring the efforts of Ukrainian CSOs aimed at speeding up the reform progress ranging from Euro-Atlantic integration to reboot of the judiciary. Engage to make a difference!
Our Weekly Chart
Is the country moving in the right direction? Perhaps the answer to this question lies in the progress of reforms and their results. According to our Сivic Engagement Poll, almost half of Ukrainians (46.7%) have not so far experienced the consequences of reforms, and the share of citizens who share this opinion has increased by 12.3% compared to the last year. Almost every fourth (25.9%) respondent had a negative experience with the implementation of reforms, while only 1.8% of citizens experienced positive effects of transformations in the country.
At the same time, according to the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, almost one in five (19.1%) Ukrainians believes that events in the country are headed in the right direction. Find more information about the opinions of Ukrainians in our weekly chart.
USAID/ENGAGE Program Managers to Take Part in Ukraine Reform Conference
On November 17-27 the Reanimation Package of Reforms Coalition is holding an online forum “The Dialogues About Reforms: on the Road to Vilnius”. A ten-day agenda dives into the progress of reforms during last year and sets priorities for 2021. On November 23-24, USAID/ENGAGE program managers Svitlana Suprun and Olena Rybiy will respectively join education reform and civil society development panels. Follow the link to learn more and chime in.
USAID/ENGAGE Looks for Data Analyst
USAID/ENGAGE is looking for a data analyst consultancy to gauge the influence of civic education, the impact of CSO projects on policy outcomes, and the effect of strategic communication and innovative engagement tools. Send your CV by November, 30.
More details by the link below
NEC Presents Kherson on European Map of Ukraine
New Europe Center presented the regional resume for Kherson as part of its extensive “The European Map of Ukraine” research that explores the success of regions in the field of European integration. Data shows that the region is among the top-3 oblasts with the lowest CO2 emissions from stationary pollution sources like plants, and holds the 2nd rank among the regions according to “gender equality” indicators.
During the presentation, USAID/ENGAGE Kherson representative Anastasiya Klymentenko highlighted that civil society organizations of the Kherson oblast are mostly engaged in democracy and gender equality advocacy. However, ecology, inclusion, and cultural integration had been on the rise recently, with healthcare and EU integration communication to follow. Explore other indicators for the Kherson oblast by the link below.
Ukrainians Remain Divided Regarding Land Reform – DIF & Razumkov Centre Survey
Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) together with Razumkov Centre presented the MATRA-funded survey “Launch of Land Market: Change in Public Opinion During 2019–2020”. Its key findings suggest that the public opinion remains divided and navigated by fears spread by the media. While 43% of citizens believe that land cannot be the object of sale, 44% of Ukrainians consider it acceptable to launch a land market, but under different conditions. Find key figures by the link below.
AntAC Discusses Constitutional Court Crisis and Judiciary Reform
Anti-Corruption Action Centre conducted an online discussion focusing on the situation with the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. Deputy Head of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption Ivan Presnyakov joined the event. The participants discussed possible solutions to the Constitutional Court issue and the bills proposed to resolve it, as well as the stance of key international and Ukrainian political stakeholders.
Centre UA Analyzes Weekend Quarantine and COVID-19 Fund in Weekly Podcast
Centre UA released the 20th episode of the “Ok, And What?” Podcast. Why the weekend quarantine is unconstitutional, what else apart from roads might be procured from the COVID-19 funding, and what decisions of the Parliament, the Government and the President will affect the balance of power in the country as well as your life? Hit the link below to listen to the podcast
In Sumy, Activists and Students Played “Gender Poker”
On November 10, our partners from Sumy Public Circle conducted the presentation of the GenderPoker game for the students of the Sumy State University, designed to raise public awareness of gender stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination, and ways to overcome them. The online game can be useful for public activists, representatives of public authorities and local governments, amalgamated communities, media, students, and those who are interested in gender issues. Follow the link to learn more
TikTok Activists from Zaporizhzhia Inform Citizens About Local Government Functions and Changes In Election Legislation
Recently, our partners from Zaporizhzhya Investigation Center launched their own TikTok channel where activists post short and fun videos to talk about the city’s problems, local council powers, and innovations in the election law. Stay in trend and hit the subscribe button.
Civil Society News
Center for Democracy and the Rule of Law Presented Monitoring Tool for the “Map of Legal Reforms for Civil Society”
On November 13, the Center for Democracy and the Rule of Law presented a monitoring tool “Map of Legal Reforms for Civil Society”. This Map is an analytical and policy document that contains a vision of the public sector priorities to reform and improve the legal environment for civil society organizations in Ukraine for 2021-2025. The purpose of developing this map is to improve the environment of civil society and strengthen the institutional capacity of CSOs to increase the self-reliance of the public sector.
The Second Civic Tech Summit Took Place in Ukraine
Civic Tech Summit 2020 is an international event dedicated to civic technologies that transform the world and society. This is the second event of its kind in Ukraine, that brought together more than a thousand members of the civic tech community from Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe to discuss synergies between civil society, government and startups and analyze opportunities and challenges. This year, due to the coronavirus epidemic, the event took place online.
StateWatch Presented the COVID-19 State Expenditure Control Web Platform
On November 13, the expert organization StateWatch in partnership with OpenUp Ukraine, the Accounting Chamber and YouControl presented web platform “Control over COVID-19 Spending” allowing everyone to learn how COVID funds are used in Ukraine. Web portal allows to find requests for funding from the COVID-19 Fund, protocols of decisions of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Office of the President on counteracting COVID-19, as well as operational data on budget expenditures related to COVID-19 in Ukraine.