“A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful”, a US attorney and judge Charles W. Pickering said. These fundamental bricks define a stable nature of the democratic rule and the feeling of ownership of the country. In this issue of our newsletter, we take a deep dive in the attitudes of Ukrainians towards the organization of state power and explore the recent opportunities for the civil society. Take a deep breath and plunge into the reading.
Our Weekly Chart
Democracy or authoritarianism? What form of government do Ukrainians aspire to? According to the survey conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, 54% of respondents are convinced that democracy is the most desirable type of government for Ukraine. Another 20% believe that under certain circumstances an authoritarian regime may be better than a democratic one. Also, the majority of respondents (53%) are convinced that people in Ukraine can freely express their political views. Talking of the future of democracy in Ukraine, public opinion is cautiously optimistic. 37% of respondents believe the level of democracy and the rule of law in Ukraine will improve in 10 years. Another 21% have the opposite opinion and believe that the situation will only get worse, while 24% are convinced that nothing will fundamentally change.
USAID/ENGAGE Requests for Applications: Question-and-Answer Session
On September 10, USAID/ENGAGE activity will host a question-and-answer session for representatives of CSOs wishing to apply for announced requests for applications (RFA): Institutional Support to Subnational Civil Society Organizations; Linking, Advocating, Collaborating: Support to CSO Reform Initiatives; Rapid Response Grants. You can leave your questions by the following link or ask directly during the webcast.
Vote for the Best Teacher at Global Teacher Prize Ukraine
We`ve patiently waited and we finally know the names of the TOP-10 finalists of the Global Teacher Prize Ukraine. Among them, there is Hanna But, a teacher of civic education. While the name of the lucky winner will be announced on October 2 at a special ceremony, you still have a chance to support your favorite teacher by voting online and choosing the People’s Choice winner!
Center UA Analyzes How Ukrainians Understand and Evaluate the Performance of the Authorities
Only one out of five people thinks that Ukraine should give up presidency and drift towards a parliamentary republic. However, half of the Ukrainians believe that unconstitutional decisions made primarily by presidents are the main threat to our democracy for the next three years. These are the findings of the sociological study “How Ukrainians understand and evaluate the performance of the authorities”, conducted by our partner Center of United Action. But what do these numbers mean? How well do Ukrainians understand what is happening in the state and what are the consequences of these decisions? Click on the link below to find out the answer.
Could You be a Judge of the Anti-Corruption Court? Find out with TI-Ukraine Test
It has recently been two years since the launch of the High Anti-Corruption Court. For two years, this court has been considering corruption crimes committed by deputies, judges, prosecutors and other high-ranking officials. But do you think it is easy to punish corrupt officials? We offer you to step into the shoes of a judge of the High Anti-Corruption Court and punish top officials by passing a test from Transparency International-Ukraine at the link below.
From Brezhnev to Zelenskyi: DIF Invites You to a Book Presentation Party
Our colleagues from the Democratic Initiatives Foundation invite everyone to join a friendly presentation party! Co-founder of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and connoisseur of Ukrainian political science Oleksiy Garan will sing, joke and present a new book “From Brezhnev to Zelenskyi: Dilemmas of a Ukrainian Political Scientist.” Admission is free, subject to social distance and mask mode. More about the event at the link.
Civil Society News
Vote for the Winners of the KyivPrideAwards2021
Support your favorites in the KyivPrideAwards2021 nominations! The last day to vote is September 10, 2021. The award ceremony in 7 nominations for special contribution to the development of the LGBT+ movement will take place on September 18 and will end with a concert of Ukrainian music stars. The event will be broadcast online for people from all over the world.
Call for Applications for Educational Program “Community Action Training”
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) in partnership with the Centre for Training and Consultancy (CTC) in Tbilisi is announcing a call to select participants for the blended educational program “Community Action Training.” The blended educational program includes E-learning (online) course and the residential course in Tbilisi. This call is opened for activists residing in the Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). Application deadline is October 5, 2021.
Ukrainian-Danish Youth House Invites to Apply for Youth Leader Masterclass
No matter what your role is in your youth organization, it is useful to train your leadership skills. This is a brilliant opportunity to meet in person with other youth activists and organization experts, where you can strengthen your competences and network. Ukrainian-Danish Youth House have developed a program in three parts, focusing on core organizational fields. Deadline for applications is September 12th.
Intellectual Game “Anti-Corruption Mafia”
“Anti-corruption mafia” is an intellectual game that reflects the model of the fight of a well-organized small group of corrupt officials against the disorganized majority of society for control over the common resource-budget of the city. The game develops teamwork skills, the ability to negotiate, think critically and make decisions. If you want to get the game for your organization or institution, fill in the form at the link below.