UNDP Project’s Master-class Ranked Best at Second Capacity Development Forum

22 Nov 2013

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In November Ukraine’s main sports complex, NSC “Olimpiysky”, was the core meeting point for the civil society, hosting the Second Capacity Development Forum, which was organized by ISAR Ednannia in conjunction with numerous national and international partners, including the participation and support of UNDP Ukraine. The Forum, which was conducted over two days, involved over 700 civil society representatives from both Ukraine and abroad.

The Capacity Development Forum is a unique civic platform for Ukraine both in terms of representation and scale, designed to enable discussions regarding the standards and practices of CSO organizational development and capacity building in Ukraine and beyond its borders. The Forum floor was taken up by master-classes, panel discussions, a grand exhibition/fair, and many other activities aimed at bolstering the capacities of non-governmental organizations.

Although the theme of organizational development is relatively new for Ukraine, this sector sees dynamic growth and is increasingly important for supporting an independent civil society. The need to dedicate due attention to the priorities of organizational development was emphasized by the UNDP Country Director, Ms. Ricarda Rieger in her welcome address.

“Civil society in Ukraine is mature enough to perform its tasks in many areas of civic life. Yet, there are a number of crucial issues that it faces: flaws in democratic and inclusive governance, sub-optimal accountability and transparency systems, the need for a more responsible leadership, and, ultimately, financial sustainability. Addressing these aspects through recognized organizational development approaches may help organizations to address internal and external challenges better and to embrace change.” – noted Ms. Rieger.

During the Forum, Democratization, Human Rights, and Civil Society Development Project’s specialists conducted a master-class on “Moderated self-assessment” and the panel discussion “Organizational Development of Regional CSOs: Key Challenges and Trends”.

As a result of a vote by the Forum participants, the master-class on moderated self-assessment, delivered by UNDP Organizational Development Expert Mr. Ayder Khalilov, was named the best learning event of the Forum.  The master-class presented the UNDP approach to developing a regional network of civil society hubs and explained the organizational assessment methodology for such regional CSOs (as defined within Democratization, Human Rights and Civil Society Development Project).

The panel discussion on organizational development gathered over 50 Forum participants and concentrated on the issues of regional CSO institutional capacities and the challenges faced by international organizations supporting OD alongside the civil society.

UNDP Senior Programme Manager, Ms. Yuliya Shcherbinina, noted: “…special attention is dedicated to regional organizations. We believe that change is possible at that level, and see dynamic and promising trends. If we enable regional organizations, which are already at a certain level of development, to grow institutionally, they will shape themselves as leaders. This success will depend, though, on how well they are able to embrace the defined milestones for organizational development, which are to be implemented in accordance with their own needs, vision and priorities.”