In 2015, the first time in Ukraine started a systematic project on activization communities in 15 cities of Ukraine Institute "Republic". Today we have over 15,000 active citizens, more than 1,000 volunteers and 18 coordinators in 18 cities. However, we need to get new EU experience with community organizations at the event "Citizen Participation Week" (Founder - ECON) - annual week long program with simultaneous national and local events to heighten importance of active citizens.
Slovakia, Banska Bystrica; Hungary
The low engagement of citizens in decision-making at the local level and low participation in the reforms process in Ukraine. Only 7% of ukrainian are members of NGOs and take some part in the decision making. Citizens of Ukraine define one of the main reasons for not participating - the passivity and lack of leadership. We know that in the EU the indicator of public participationis much higher. We need to study this experience more deeply.
We are aiming for: 1. learn about new methods of activation citizens 2. share experiences with colleagues from EU 3. extend and apply new methods of working with communities in Ukraine
CPW - a mechanism to resolve and involvement of citizens in overcoming various problems. On the one hand aim CPW - a unite local citizens and participants of the event and show that any local problem can be solved through communication and cooperation.On the other side - to unite European countries and discuss important issues of participation and democracy given the best good practices leading NGOs. CPW will be held in Slovakia in July and in September in Hungary. The project is expected to participate in this event 18 coordinators (9 in 1 event) of All-Ukrainian initiative "Active Community" by IR from all over regions of Ukraine. Also IR will take part in the final conference to exchange experiences. IR will prepare and extend at least six articles about the project among media.
1. Coordinators representing 18 communities of Ukraine (the West (3 cities), South (3 cities), Center (6 cities), North (4 cities), East (2 cities)) and working on their activation and involvement in decision-making .
2. Active citizens of Slovakia and Hungary, representatives of NGOs who will learn about Ukrainian experience activation of communities.
Only Institute "Respublika" works with citizens and activates them in Ukraine. We - unique for today. We go from door to door, involve citizens in local meetings, spend bridges between the community and government.Experience during this project would benefit not only the coordinators, but whole communities
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Office expenses 1000 EUR, travel and accommodation costs 20 000 EUR, public relations 1000 EUR, personnel costs 6 000 EUR, costs of organizing events in Hungary and Slovakia 4 000 EUR.