Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Partnership Programme announces fellows

January 5, 2012

Five professionals at independent democracy and human rights advocacy NGOs and think-tanks from the CIS region have been named recipients of an Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Partnership Programme fellowships.

PASOS is partnering with network members the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) and the Institute of Public Affairs (ISP) to offer the fellowship program, that seeks to assist the advancement of democratic practices in transitional democracies. The program was made possible with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Fellows will work with the hosting institute for a six-month period or project co-operation and mentoring, and spend up to five weeks in the office of the hosting think-tank. Fellowships will also provide one-on-one, hands-on training with the host institute’s expert as mentor. The goal is to provide a mentoring opportunity for an in-depth, on-site, and interactive experience in democratic transformation and protection of human rights.

The five fellows, their policy specialisations, and hosting institutions are:

Nika Kvaratskhelia, Youth for Justice – Georgia
Policy area: Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltic States
Host organisation: Latvian Centre for Human Rights, Latvia

Viktoria Ivancioglo, Perspectiva, Moldova
Policy area: Civil Society – An index of Democracy
Host organisation: Resource Center for Public Participation – CeRe, Romania

Oleksij Sydorchuk, Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Ukraine
Policy area: The Impact of Semi-Presidentialism on the Democratic Consolidation: the cases of Poland and Ukraine
Host organisation: Institute of Public Affairs (ISP), Poland

Liliya Khramtsova, In the Future Together, Novosibirsk, Russia
Policy area: Democratization and development process of Siberian district
Host organisation: Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Slovak Republic

Oleg Besarab, Strategic and Security Studies Group, Ukraine
Policy area: Europeanization through Media Discourse: experience of the Czech printed media
Host organisation: EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic

The program is named after Ilko Kucheriv, a prominent activist in the Ukrainian civil-society movement who succumbed to cancer in 2010.

“Kucheriv worked to unite journalists, political analysts, politicians, diplomats and civil activists with radically different views through civilized discussion of the most poignant topics and problems in society,” said Jeff Lovitt, executive director of the PASOS secretariat in Prague. “He aspired to make DIF a powerful analytical center that would produce original research and training programmes, and have an impact on politicians and public opinion across a broad spectrum of issues, including rights, security and democratic freedoms and processes. Our intention to honor his ideas and actions with this program so that others may take up his campaign for a cvil and open society.”

Kucheriv was the founder of the DIF and personally contributed a great deal to the advancement of democratic ideas in Ukraine. In the early 1990s, he understood the importance of public opinion for the development of a civic society, and DIF was the first organization to make available the results of social research to the broader public and to train journalists in understanding public opinion polling.

 

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