Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Partnership Programme fellows release policy studies
Four fellows who took part in the Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Partnership Programme have released policy studies written 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 work with hosting institutes, and spent up to five weeks in the office of the hosts in preparation for writing the papers. They wrote on such topics as the role of NGOs and policy experts in former communist countries, freedom of speech, and presidential politics.
PASOS partnered 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).
Following is information about the fellows and links to the papers they wrote for the project:
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
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.