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In my ideal Ukraine, people do not complain but go for change

“I dream about a Ukraine where people take the initiative and bring about change, they don’t grumble, but take action. And there’s a civil society organization in every village to give a boost to the…  


Electronic Asset Declarations for Public Officials – two years after its launch. A panacea against corruption?

The introduction of the e-declarations marked a turning point in Ukrainian politics and its reform agenda. Many find it obvious that the system is a major step towards greater transparency and a…  


How staying home makes a difference

Even as many of his friends left for the big city, Volodymyr decided to move back to his small town in Ukraine. What he couldn't predict was what a big difference his return home could make.  


Will Verkhovna Rada become modern European-style parliament?

Since 2015, the Verkhovna Rada, with the support of the EU and UNDP, has been implementing a self-reform strategy. The key tasks are to improve the efficiency of the parliament, get rid of the…  


How to constructively support reform in Ukraine’s parliament

It’s no secret that the Verkhovna Rada is near the bottom of Ukraine’s institutions as far as public confidence is concerned. Indeed, along with parts of the justice system, parliament usually ranks…  


Three myths about tolerance in Ukraine

Tolerance is a conscious choice to act in a way that prevents any violence from our side. It takes moral strength, solid life experience and values to be able to make this choice. On the other hand,…  


Marcus Brand: Why Ukraine needs a strong and independent human rights ombudsperson

Over the past four years, Ukraine has made significant steps forward on the way to democratic governance and the rule of law. However, some important unfinished business remains, and the progress made…  


UNDP international expert: Patients and NGOs will continue to play a key role once the new health procurement agency is established

Wilbert Bannenberg is a public health physician with 35 years’ experience in improving pharmaceutical systems in low and middle income countries. He has completed more than 100 missions related to…  


We can stop the AIDS epidemic by 2030, but change needs to happen

On World AIDS Day 2017, the United Nations Development Program and the broader health community is drawing attention on the 15.8 million people across the world who still lack access to treatment.…  


Saving the Black Sea monster

Originally published at the web-site of UNDP Regional Office for Europe and Centra Asia on 6 June 2017 by Olena Marushevska, Communications, EMBLAS, UNDP Georgia/UNDP Ukraine.  

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