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. Support projects of civil society organizations addressing issues of democratization such as citizen-government interaction, transparency and accountability and participation in decision-making processes through extensive use of web 2.0, mobile technologies and social innovation models.
  2. Help grassroots CSOs act as local watchdogs for Ukraine’s international human rights obligations, in particular in the area of gender equality, antidiscrimination and torture prevention. Advocate for lasting change through CSO Consultative Council and for wider and more visible use of strategic litigation as a tool to further human rights in the country.
  3. Support civil society development in Ukraine to more effectively capitalize on their expertise and undertake lasting improvements in their work settings to make them more resilient and ready for change.
  4. Create an enabling environment for the functioning of the civil society by supporting a network of organizations to monitor the implementation of the new Law on Public Associations and assess the success of oblast civil society development programmes.


  • A CSOs network was created to monitor the implementation of the Law on Public Associations;
  • Two programmes fostering civil society development at the local level carried out in Ivano-Frankivsk and Donetsk oblasts.
  • UNDP-supported methodology for conducting anti-corruption assessments incorporated into the practices of the Parliamentary Committee on Fighting Organized Crime and Corruption;
  • First-ever Municipal E-nnovation Lab launched to generate innovative “web 2.0” projects between the cities and their civil society constituencies.
  • Office of the Ombudsperson has better capacities to serve as an effective national human rights institution, including its CSO Consultative Council.


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


Total: $1 300 158,79

Project Overview
Project start date:
Estimated end date:
Total budget:
US$ 1 300 158,79
Geographic coverage:
Focus Area:
Democratic governance
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Project officer:
Vasyl Romanyuk
Widest possible range of civil society actors, Office of the Ombudsman of Ukraine, Ministry of Justice, Presidential Administration and its CSO Coordination Council, as well as the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Related documents
Project Document
Project Report