Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship Programme release fellows’ policy papers

February 27, 2017
Ilko Kucheriv

Ilko Kucheriv

News Source: PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic

Four fellows who took part in the 2016 Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship Programme have released policy studies as part of their fellowships in the project.

The fellows from Ukraine worked with hosting institutes, and spent up to five weeks in the office of the hosts in preparation for writing the papers.

This is the fourth time that PASOS is partnering with network members the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (Ukraine), the Institute for Public Affairs (Slovakia), and the Institute of Public Affairs (Poland) to offer the fellowships. The program, made possible with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), seeks to assist the advancement of democratic practices in transitional democracies.

Fellows 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.

The fellowships also provide one-on-one, hands-on training with the host institute’s experts as mentors. 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.

Following is information about the fellows and links to the papers they wrote for the programme:

Ruslan Kermach, Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation
Host institute: Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) ‘’Viitorul”, Moldova
Policy paper: The Sources of the Post-Soviet de Facto States’ Sustainability: The Case Of Transnistria

Alla Dmytrivna Kovalova, Independent Researcher
Host institute: PROVIDUS, Latvia
Policy paper: Civil Society For Corruption-free Healthcare in Estonia and Latvia

Svitlana Kononchuk, Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research
Host institute: Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen
Policy paper: On the Road to Better Functioning of Political Parties in Ukraine

Olexia Basarab, Centre for Global Studies „Strategy XXI”/Strategic and Security Studies Group
Host institute: Slovak Security Policy Institute
Policy paper: The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses in Slovakia

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

Kucheriv was the founder of the think tank that now bears his name 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  Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation was the first organisation 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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