PASOS has opened a call for applicants for the Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship Programme, which assists the advancement of democratic practices in Ukraine by empowering professionals of independent democracy and human rights advocacy NGOs and think-tanks. Deadline to apply is 17 March 2013.
As Ukraine’s democratic standards continue to deteriorate, Ukrainian civil society is in need of external support to ensure that it remains vibrant and diverse, according to this study by the Institute of Public Affairs and the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation.
Ilko Kucheriv, the deceased founder of the Ukrainian think tank that now bears his name, once refused a million-dollar bribe to falsify exit-polling results, according to the think tank’s director.
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. PASOS partnered with network members the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) and the Institute of Public Affairs (ISP) to offer the fellowship program.
Less than half of the Ukrainians polled in an public-opinion survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (IKDIF) say they favor their country joining the European Union. The results show that support for joining the union has crept up from the 42.8 percent that said Ukraine should be part of the EU in a similar IKDIF poll taken two years earlier.
Five 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 fellowships.
The October 11 conviction of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison on charges of abusing her power has generated several commentaries from policy analysts connected with the PASOS network.