Current projects

Promoting transparency and implementation of anti-corruption measures in state-owned enterprises and local governments in Ukraine

Project is financed by the SlovakAid – Official Development Assistance of the Slovak Republic

Previous project: Transparent, financially sound and competitive municipalities in Ukraine

Partner: INEKO

Duration: 

October 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020

Objectives:

The project goal is to increase transparency and support implementation of anti-corruption measures in state-owned companies and local governments in Ukraine. Informed citizens and corruption-resistant public authorities are basic conditions for higher efficiency of the state, higher engagement of citizens and better democracy. The project is based on transfer of know-how of unique and successful projects implemented in Slovakia focused on monitoring and expert assessment of local socio-economic measures, as well as on easy-to-understand informing about transparency and financial stability of state-owned companies and local authorities.

Specific goals and activities:

  • Increasing the quality of regional regulations through regular expert assessment of social and economic measures adopted on local level
  • Supporting the implementation of anti-corruption measures and improving the public oversight of state-owned companies and self-governments by assessment of their transparency and active cooperation to implement the measures
  • Improving the financial stability of state-owned firms and self-governments by assessment of their financial health

Events:

Project kick-off seminar
Venue: Kyiv, Bohdan Khmelnytsky str., 17/52 (BC “Leonardo”, 5th floor)
Date: October 19, 2018

Outputs:

Internet Portals:

Regular assessment of regional measures:

Presentations:

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Prevention of information challenges to the values of an open society in the period of political turbulence

Given the forthcoming of active election period, information attacks on the values of an open society, democracy and a market economy are increasing in Ukraine. The center of information attacks come both from the values of an open society and civil society as a whole, as well as the institutions and individuals that support them most actively.

Therefore, ICPS launches a communication campaign “Prevention of Information Challenges to the Values of an Open Society in the Period of Political Turbulence” with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

Activities within the project include the following activities:

1) Preparation of an analytical study on “Information challenges to the values ​​of open society in the pre-election period in Ukraine: international experience, the situation in Ukraine, effective means of counteraction and communication”;

2) Communication support: regular publication of materials for informing the public about the importance of open society values ​​for the future development of Ukraine, demonstration of positive examples of projects implemented by the IRF;

4) Organizing off-the-record meetings and briefings with journalists and public opinion leaders to provide expert advice on information challenges facing open society during the pre-election period in Ukraine;

3) Presentation of the final results of the project

                                                                

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Coalition of Regional Civil Society Organizations for Public Finance Control

The project “Coalition of Regional Civil Society Organizations for Public Finance Control” is being carried out by the International Center for Policy Studies (ICPS) with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine.

The project`s goal is to foster citizen participation in public finance control (PFC) at the local level through developing investigative capabilities of local activists in Ukraine. It intends to develop further investigative capabilities of local activists via support in conducting individual and group anti-corruption investigations. The project participants will act as “watchdog leaders” network, while sharing their experience and training investigative skills of the newcomers. They will obtain experience of conducting complex investigations, and will master teamwork and coordination skills. This will enhance the investigator`s capacities to further work independently at the regional level and to share their experience on lower levels.

Thus, the project will strengthen good governance policies in Ukraine through the project contribution into the fight against corruption, increasing transparency of local governments through civil society control and social pressure.

Project stages:

- Elaboration of Guidelines on public finance control

- Conduction of trainings on anti-corruption investigations

- Formation of the Coalition of Regional CSOs

- Conducting the anti-corruption investigations

- Dissemination of the project results

The investigation will be conducted in the following regions: Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr, Transcarpathian, Kyiv, Kirovograd, Lviv, Odessa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi.

                                                                   

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Civil society for combating corruption and promotion open governance in the Eastern Partnership countries

The International Center for Policy Studies, in cooperation with the Public Initiatives Center (Azerbaijan), Article 42 of the Constitution (Georgia) and Transparency International (Moldova), are launching the project “Civil society for combating corruption and promotion open governance in the Eastern Partnership countries”.

The project aims to strengthen the capacity and promote the role of civil society in the field of open Governance and the fight against corruption in the EaP countries, mainly through the continuous involvement of civic organizations in the policy development process at the national, regional and local levels.

The project envisages creating the main institutional and technical capabilities of partner organizations for active participation in policy development and the ability to implement response mechanisms to address issues in a rapidly changing environment. Within the framework of the project, a platform for joint training in the EaP countries will be created by strengthening existing networks and partnerships between organizations.

The implementation of this project will facilitate the exchange of best practices, as well as the development of information and advocacy, communication strategy within the framework of advancement of project ideas.

Duration of the project is 8 months: June-December 2018

                                                                        

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Ukraine and V4 countries: promoting better understanding

The International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) with the support of the International Visegrad Fund initiates the project “Ukraine and V4 countries: promoting better understanding”.

Project partners

Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Hungary);

Institute for Economic and Social Reforms INEKO (Slovakia);

Foundation Prof. Bronislaw Geremek Centre (Poland)

The crisis in relations between Ukraine and its Western neighboring states became one of the main developments in 2017 and testified the crisis of both Ukrainian foreign policy identity in general and Ukrainian neighborhood policy in particular. The Ukrainian-Hungarian, Ukrainian-Polish contradictions are only a reflection of the deep-seated crisis of good-neighborliness, while problems in bilateral relations have wider and deeper dimensions. One of the key challenges faced by the region is the urgent analysis of relations between Ukraine and its V4 neighbors and elaboration of policy recommendations to prevent their further deterioration. Ukraine should rethink its foreign policy goals and priorities, considering current internal and external challenges and dynamic processes. Establishment of an expert dialogue between Ukraine and its V4 neighbors can become an impetus for such a process.

The overall project goal is to improve understanding between Ukraine and its V4 neighbors through 

  • the establishment of an expert dialogue and tackling existing contradictions by efforts of civil society and expert community;
  • facilitating transformation of the current lose-lose situation to a win-win partnership.

Current situation poses a regional challenge needed to be addressed by a new approach on good neighborliness. Establishment of continuous communication and dialogue among experts from Ukraine on one side, and experts from Hungary, Slovak Republic and Poland from the other, would contribute to increasing awareness on the logic of internal process in abovementioned countries, researching the contradictions in the countries’ relations, and elaborating new approaches towards advantageous and pragmatic bilateral relations.

Ensuring good and sustainable neighborhood relations between Ukraine and its Western neighboring countries is crucial for regional stability with a view of the existing security threats and challenges in the region. Elaboration of a new updated approach towards the relations between Ukraine and its V4 neighbors is necessary to improve and strengthen regional partnership and prevent the occurrence of new contradictions in the future. Escalation of contradictions between the neighboring countries has a direct impact on the security and cooperation in the region, while strengthening of regional cooperation at the expert level will facilitate the process of regional cohesion as well as promoting V4 values in the region contributing to the Ukrainian democratic transformation. 

                                                                                      

 

Expert Dialogue: Ukrainian-Hungarian Relations. Webinar 1  

Project materials:

Ukraine and its neighbors: analysis of regional trends

Presentation  

Publications:

Kyiv vs Budapest: What's going on in Ukrainian-Hungarian relations?

Expert discussion on Ukraine-Slovakia relations. Webinar 2

Project materials:

ICPS presentation 

UKRAINE-SLOVAKIA RELATIONS: DEVELOPING A TRUE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP?

 

                                                              

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Integration of Internally Displaced Persons into local communities. Workshop program in Germany

The International Center for Policy Studies, in cooperation with Cultural Vistas (Germany) and with the support of the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs, is launching a project to support Ukrainian activists and experts involved in the integration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) into local communities in Ukraine. 13 participants from different regions of Ukraine, selected on a competitive basis, will attend a six-day workshop session in Berlin and will be able to improve skills for promoting the integration of IDP into host communities.

Starting from 2015, Germany has been actively testing various initiatives to improve the integration of migrants, many of which are based on cooperation with local or regional organizations and the commitment of individuals to adapt migrants to new environments. At the same time, Germany faced a wave of negative backlash, which led to many misunderstandings and cultural stereotypes. To minimize the effects of such trends, civil society representatives have been actively involved in Germany to support "newcomers in society", regardless of their region, political preferences, religion, etc. To ensure experience exchange on this issue, ICPS initiates a training program for Ukrainian colleagues.

Participants of the given program will be able to get familiar with the German experience of overcoming perceptions, stereotypes, misunderstandings, and developing their own decisions to improve the integration of IDPs according to the Ukrainian context. In addition, the workshop program will also include the study of the German reunification example of 1990-1991 and the implementation of decisions directed at bringing together two social and political cultures (East and West Germany) of those times.

The workshop program will be held in September 2018.

Upon the return to their communities in Ukraine, participants will organize the events involving IDPs and representatives of host communities with a view to discussing their experience and find ways to overcome the challenges faced by IDPs in Ukraine.

                                                                               

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Communication Campaign on Promotion of Tolerance and Mutual Understanding in the Society #RespectUA

The International Center for Policy Studies (ICPS) together with the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine initiates a communication campaign #RespectUA on promotion of tolerance and mutual understanding in the society.

                                                                          

The aim of the project is to reduce the polarization and strengthen dialogue among various social groups.

Within the framework of the project it is planned to establish the UNDP Tolerance Envoys concept in Ukraine to promote the values of tolerance and mutual understanding. Multi-level communication in the society regarding this issue should belong to moral leaders, opinion-makers and those Ukrainians, who have gained recognition in various fields.

The project activities cover the conduction of a series of events: public lectures for socially active groups in different regions of Ukraine on promotion and establishment of principles of mutual respect, practices of tolerance and acceptance of different opinions in the Ukrainian society.

The following known Ukrainians have joined the initiative:

 

 

 

Since 2017, 12 well-known Ukrainians have become UNDP Tolerance Envoys, raising awareness of the issue of equality in Ukraine, not only within conventions, not only in human rights protection, but also in other areas of life, such as music, the environment, the media, theatre, sports, art and literature.

Because the language of culture is the language of equality, these languages are in turn the languages of peacebuilding.

UNDP Tolerance Envoys had to become investigators: to identify the causes of intolerance and find traumatic stereotypes and phobias.

They have also worked as mediators and peacekeepers: influencing the development of a culture and tradition of mutual understanding and respect, reducing the polarization of public sentiments and advocating for the strengthening of dialogue in Ukrainian society.

The communication campaign on tolerance promotion in Ukrainian society, which was initiated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine confirmed the need to establish dialogue between various social groups on urgent and sometimes challenging issues.

Numerous meetings led by Envoys in Kyiv and the regions of Ukraine have confirmed that discussions about the future, without forgetting the past, and discussions about a common vision for the country's progress can be an effective mechanism to reduce aggression and intolerance.

Ukrainian society critically needs effective communication on important issues such as intolerance and the threat it poses to the country's development, the interconnection between tolerance and security, and the importance for the future of a comprehensive and large-scale national dialogue.

Can a team of energetic, well rounded and hardworking people do it? Perhaps.

Can anything be changed in a year? Probably.

But more good things should be done over time. That’s why there are newcomers in the envoys’ team.

During the next campaign phase in 2018-2020, the replenished team will focus on developing a regional network of leaders who will become promoters of the values of tolerance, respect and mutual understanding, as well as human rights, at regional level in Ukraine.

Interaction between the national-level envoys and the leaders of the regional network is intended to provide effective communication for such issues as respect for human rights and freedoms, social cohesion and dialogue in the regions of Ukraine.

In addition to the establishment of the regional network of leaders for tolerance promotion, a series of art, literature and sporting events are planned to be held as part of the campaign to attract as many people from different social groups as possible.

Every voice counts. Every thought and every opinion. Learning to hear each other is the first step towards find respect. To learn to speak in a way that all voices sound harmonious is the next step. To learn to talk about painful topics so that they are a conversation and not a scream or a denial is yet another step forward.

Come together! We will listen, speak, move and create.

This way it will be easier to feel the value, necessity and uniqueness of every person.

Real respect for the value of diversity and the indisputable equality of each and every person.

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Inside Ukraine

The aim of the publication is to provide objective information on current political events in Ukraine and thorough analysis of major tendencies in domestic politics. Such analysis will assist in setting priorities in the process of implementing reforms in Ukraine and in evaluating quality of state decisions from the viewpoint of their impact and sustainability. Special attention is paid to evaluation of political competition in Ukraine and ability of key political players to address challenges.

  Periodicals: http://icps.com.ua/en/our-projects/periodicals/

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