Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship Programme release fellows’ policy papers

December 30, 2014

News Source: PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic

Four fellows who took part in the 2014 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 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 Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), Warsaw, Poland.

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:

Leonid Litra, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of World Policy, Kyiv, Ukraine
Hosted by CIDOB, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
Policy paper: Ambiguous approaches on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict: The attitudes of France, Italy and Spain

Oleg Shynkarenko, currently working at Hromadske (Public) Radio NGO in Ukraine
Hosted by Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Slovak Republic
Policy paper: Ukrainian media after Euromaidan

Hennadiy Maksak, President of non-governmental think-tank Polissa Foundation for International and Regional Studies, Chernihiv, Ukraine.
Hosted by PAUCI (Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation), Warsaw, Poland
Policy paper: Reform of the Diplomatic Service of Ukraine: Experience of Poland and other Visegrad Group Countries

Antonina Rudska, Center for Development of Society, Kyiv, Ukraine/Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv, Ukraine
Hosted by Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw, Poland
Policy paper: The Role of Women in Political and Public Life (Comparative Analysis of the Experience of Poland and Ukraine


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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