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4,3 million USD

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Civil Society for Enhanced Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine

Civil Society for Enhanced Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine - the project aims to enhance the institutional capacity of civil society actors in the regions of Ukraine to have a stronger impact on the reform processes in the country in the areas of democracy and human rights and to contribute to more inclusive, democratic and rights-based governance at local and national levels through enhanced capacity, better coordination and networking.

The project builds upon the achievements of the previous Democratization and Human Rights Programme (2013-2016). It is a nation-scale 5-year initiative which runs from 1st April 2017 until 31st March 2022.

Project Goals:

1. Strengthen the civil society organisations to promote democracy and foster participatory and result-driven Government-CSO dialogue at all levels in Ukraine in realms of decentralization.

2. Enhance capacities of human rights actors to promote and defend human rights in Ukraine at subnational and national levels.

3. Enhance civic youth engagement and youth participation in decision-making at subnational level.

The project focuses on the following:

  • Provide expert support to the CSO hubs in the process of implementation of their capacity development plans and projects in the field of democratization, human rights and youth civic engagement.
  • Provide support to CSO Hubs in implementing civic oversight projects to develop strategic documents and policies in amalgamated territorial communities and supporting communities in implementing local democracy tools in their regions.
  • Networking and coalition building in the area of democratization and human rights.  
  • Support the development of enabling policies for CSO-government dialogue at subnational levels.
  • Youth empowerment through the project “Youth worker” - specialized training of youth workers on civic engagement.
  • Provide support to local initiatives of youth CSOs in the area of democratization and human rights.
  • Provide support for the capacity development for the new Agency on Youth and Civil Society Development, Support the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport of Ukraine in developing and implementing National Youth Exchange Programme 2020 in line with key Government priorities.

Democratization: Thematic priorities in the area include citizen participation in decision-making at the local level and in the process of forming and using the funds of the local budgets; supporting the local initiatives, mechanisms of the local democracy, public control and government accountability; creating innovative e-tools for stimulating citizen engagement; advancing the reform agenda at the subnational level; engaging in the implementation of the National Strategy for Facilitation of the Civil Society Development at the subnational levels, and others.  

Human rights: Thematic priorities in the area include monitoring of Ukraine’s human rights commitments under the international treaty bodies and lobbying for approval and implementation of the respective national strategies and policies; human rights awareness and education, documentation of the human rights violations related with the armed conflict in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts; supporting integration of the human rights based approach in the everyday work of the civil society organisations; monitoring of the progress of reforms from the human rights perspective.

Youth civic engagement: Thematic priorities in the area include specialized training for the youth workers on enhancing youth civic activism; youth initiatives in the area of democratization and human rights; youth social innovation; engaging youth in volunteering for civil society organisations at the national and subnational levels.

Status of the project:

  • Ongoing

Project start date:

  • April 2017

Estimated end date:

  • March 2022

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations

Funding Support by

Donor name

  • Government Of Denmark
  •  Government Of France
  •  Government Of Norway
  • The Department Of Foreign AffairsTrade And Development - Canada

Amount contributed

$ 3 085 917

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2019 $1,444,244

2018 $1,062,264

2017 $579,173

Partners: Widest possible range of civil society actors, the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers, Committee on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Ukraine, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, as well as other relevant actors.