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The purpose of a new Ukraine Civil Society Sectoral Support Activity is to improve the operating environment for civil society and strengthen the institutional capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) in order to advance the self-reliance of the civic sector in Ukraine. The Activity will be implemented by the Initiative Center to Support Social Action “Ednannia” as a prime implementing partner in a consortium with the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) and the Center for Democracy and Rule of Law (CEDEM).

 Why should it be important?

Ukrainian civil society has served as a critical driver for democratic reform in the country for the past twenty-five years. It has functioned as a short-term mobilizing force, capable of rallying millions of citizens to the street in protest of corrupt government practices, thereby bolstering Government of Ukraine (GOU) commitment to advancing more inclusive, accountable, equitable policies. At the same time, civil society has also functioned as a long-term institutional counterweight to the government, with the capacity to move reform processes forward, deliver good quality services, and provide professional input into policy solutions. This ability to serve as a force for advancing both country commitment and country capacity makes civil society in Ukraine unique when compared to other post-Soviet countries. Despite these strengths, key weaknesses remain in the following areas

What is our purpose?

To improve the operating environment for civil society and strengthen the institutional capacities of the civil society organizations (CSOs) in order to advance the self-reliance of the civic sector in Ukraine

What kind of activities are we planning?

  • Strengthen institutional capacities of civil society organizations;
  • Improve the legal enabling environment for civil society;
  • Enhance research and learning of civil society sectoral challenges, opportunities, and best practices

Do we have long-term and sustainable approach?

The Activity will focus on the ability of Ukraine’s civil society sector to  sustainably  advance  country  commitment  and  capacity  for  self-reliance  over  the  long-term. Sectoral  sustainability includes the organizational capacities of civil society, the legal operating  environment,  and  newly  emerging  threats  related  to  illiberal  effects  on  the  sector.  The  Activity  will  use  a  coalition-based  approach  to further strengthen the sustainability of  Ukrainian  civil society. The Activity will  provide  technical  and  financial  support  to  a  wide  range  of  civil  society  organizations  and  groups,  including  registered  CSOs;  Kyiv-based,  regionally  based,  and  locally  based  CSOs;  newly  registered  CSOs; informal and unregistered groups, voluntary initiatives, civic movements and others.