Democratization, Human Rights and Civil Society Development Programme in Ukraine

Project Summary

The programme promotes an open and democratic society, which is based on the rule of law and is governed by the values of human rights supremacy, openness and accountability at all levels of government. It also helps to strengthen the capacities of the civil society organizations to effectively promote democratic values, support human rights actors to promote and defend human rights in Ukraine as well as foster a participatory and result-driven dialogue between the Government and civil society organizations.

Project Goals

1. Help civil society organizations grow through implementing initiatives on citizen-government interaction, transparency, accountability and corruption prevention, as well as participation in decision-making processes through extensive use of open government data, web 2.0, mobile technologies and social innovation models.

2. Help CSOs act as local watchdogs for Ukraine’s human rights obligations, monitor and respond, to the degree possible, to the human rights violations pertinent to the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as the situation within the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Continue nurturing cooperation between the human rights actors and the Office of the Ombudsperson.

3. Support civil society enhancement in Ukraine through targeted organizational development assistance and increasing self-reliance of existing and newly-emergent civic initiatives. Supporting CSO-beneficiaries on their way of creating resilient networks for collaborative action on issues of democratization and human rights.


  • A total of 86 CSO initiatives supported in the course of two years with over 32 000 beneficiaries and 263 cases when rights of individuals were restored;
  • 18 initiatives on citizen participation, transparency, policy monitoring and advocacy supported at the grassroots. Over 240 civic activists and local government representatives participated in the Open Government Partnership national consultations to chart the contents of the National Action Plan for 2014-2015;
  • 4 cities have put up their digital versions of visualized budgets onto websites for citizens to explore;
  • Open data legislation supported and lobbied through to adoption; assistance to CSOs participating in building up the national anticorruption architecture rendered;
  • Over 5 500 citizens received legal consultations. 2 strategic litigation networks have initiated 45 court cases;
  • A network of Ombudsperson’s regional coordinators in 10 oblasts of Ukraine supported;
  • 11 reports on the human rights situation in Crimea delivered and made public;
  • 14 human rights organizations united in a coalition to document human rights violations in the east, and 100 civic monitors have been trained to document such cases;
  •  4 500 IDPs have received consultations in a civic IDP Resource Center;
  • A network of 8 CSOs regional leaders shaped to benefit from organizational development and pass the skills on;


The Programme is supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs with some activities being funded through UNDP TRAC resources



Total: US$ 2 640 000 (63%)