Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Partnership Programme fellows release policy papers, video
Four fellows who took part in the 2013 Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Partnership Programme have released policy studies and a video documentary created as part of their fellowships in the project.
The fellows from independent democracy and human rights advocacy NGOs and think-tanks from the CIS region worked with hosting institutes, and spent up to five weeks in the office of the hosts in preparation for writing the papers.
PASOS partnered with network members the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, the Association for International Affairs, the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation, and the Institute for Public Affairs to offer the fellowship program, which 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).
Following is information about the fellows and links to the projects they created for the program:
1. Maria Zolkina, Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine
Policy area: The impact of Europeanization on democratic transformations: the cases of Slovakia and Ukraine
Host organization: Institute for Public Affairs, Bratislava, Slovakia
2. Kyrill Zakharov, Vidkryte Suspilstwo, Sumy, Ukraine
Policy area: Review and analysis of Polish NGOs’ watchdog type activities in the sphere of justice and transferring of their experience to Ukraine
Host organization: Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
3. Vyacheslav Bihun, Koretsky Institute of State and Law, National Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine
Policy area: Justice through Human Rights Protection: Ukraine’s Case Study (the Impact of European Court of Human Rights in Ukraine, with English subtitles – switch on CC, the captions option)
Host organization: International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France
4. Galyna Usatenko, Europe XXI Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine
Policy area: The Role of NGOs in the reform of higher education in ex-Soviet area (the experience of the Czech Republic and Ukraine’s practice)
Host organization: Association of International Affairs, 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 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 organization to make available the results of social research to the broader public and to train journalists in understanding public opinion polling.