Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship Programme announces fellows

December 11, 2014

Kucherivbrochure_Page_1Four 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 fellowship.

This is the third year that PASOS is partnering with network members the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (IKDIF) and the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) 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. Three of the hosting think tanks are members of the PASOS network: the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Bratislava, Slovakia; the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI), Warsaw, Poland; and the Association of International Affairs (AMO), Czech Republic.

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.

The  four fellows and hosting institutions are:

1) Hennadiy Maksak, President of non-governmental think-tank “Polissa Foundation for International and Regional Studies”, Chernihiv, Ukraine.
Hosted by hosted by PAUCI (Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation), Warsaw, Poland.
Research project:
Need for diplomatic service reform in Ukraine: experience of Poland and other V4 countries
The research paper will comprise:
  • Current state of play in MFA of Visegrad Four countries;
  • Common challenges for foreign policy resorts in V4 and Ukraine
  • Best cases of diplomatic service reform in Poland and other V4 for Ukraine
2) Antonina Rudskaja, Ukrainian psychologist, working as assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev.
Hosted by Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw, Poland.
Research project:
The role of women in political and public life
The research will:
  • explore a theoretical analysis of views of gender equality and the role of women in political and public life;
  • develop a model of the role of women in political and public life;
  • explore the features of social activities, professional activities and autobiographies of women who actively participate in the political life of their countries (Poland, Ukraine);
  • make a comparative analysis of women who are taking an active part in political and social life in Poland and Ukraine;
  • identify the features of women who are actively involved in political and social life in Poland and Ukraine, and analyse the dynamics of socio-political activity;
  • develop recommendations for the development of gender equality in Ukraine.
3) Leonid Litra, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of World Policy, Kyiv, Ukraine
Hosted by CIDOB, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
How to engage south-western EU members to help Ukraine’s democratic transition?
The research paper will comprise:
  • Options for EU to help people from vulnerable regions of southern and eastern Ukraine, and how co-operation with the EU and other partners will strengthen Ukraine’s unity and reconciliation process.
  • Evaluation of the position of Southern EU MS in relation to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia and delivery of recommendations on how to create policy cohesion with other EU MS.
  • Options for a sustainable policy of support from the side of the EU tied to concrete reforms, and the necessary conditionality to boost confidence in their effectiveness on the side of Ukraine and the EU.
4) Oleg Shynkarenko, currently working at Hromadske (Public) Radio NGO in Ukraine
Hosted by Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Slovak Republic.
Ukrainian media market in a period of transformation after the Euromaidan
The research paper will comprise:
  • Overview of Ukrainian media market with figures of audience share, budgets, ways of support and media property.
  • Assessment of the media market in progress
  • Representation of financial support models widespread in media all over the world and observation of how these models work in Ukraine.
  • Conclusions on how to implement commercial models in Ukraine, and how to achieve their consolidation for stable development.
  • Elaboration of the processes of state media privatisation, and the form of further development of the state media.
  • Recommendations, drawing on international experience, on how to strengthen the role of existing self-control organisations in the media.
  • Presentation of study to Media Ethics Commission, Independent Media Trade Union, National Union of Journalists, profile commission in the Parliament and other relevant structures.

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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