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 and accountability, 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.


  • 2016 Open Data Development Roadmap developed in a participatory way by government and CSOs was adopted; its implementation supported through thematic meetings on open governemnt data for over 480 civic activists and state;

  • Declaration on Parliamentary Openness and Open Parliament Action Plan as a joint initiative of the Parliament and CSOs endorsed by Parliament;

  • Mid-sized regional CSO hubs strengthened their positions as regional leaders among local CSOs - 2,500 CSO representatives and local authorities have benefited from capacity building initiatives implemented by hubs, CSOs governance system was reformed in line with the democratic governance principles, CSOs budgets increased by 2-4 times since 2013, and their financial procedures improved, and 25 advocacy campaigns in cooperation with other CSOs were conducted;

  • Capacities of CSO hubs was strenghened to promote democratisation agenda in Ukraine - almost 2,500 CSO representatives and local authorities have benefited from capacity building initiatives implemented by hubs in 2016; 3 hubs (Zakarpattia, Rivne, and Dnipro) conducted brought together over 600 representatives of the local self-government, CSOs, and civic activists on amalgamation of communities to support the decentralisation reform; and 4 hubs (Lviv, Chernihiv, Kropyvnytskiy, and Rivne) conducted a number of human rights courses for over 1,250 new patrol police officers to support the law enforcement reform;

  • 4 pilot initiatives to support operationalisation of the National Strategy for Civil Society Development at the subnational level were successfully implemented – in Kherson, Dnipro, Zakarpattia, and Donetsk oblasts; the subnational programme for supportintg the civil society development has been approved in Dnipropetrovsk region, three others are pending approval. Up to 1’400 local CSOs’ representatives, local government officials and councillors were engaged in this truly participatory process in the regions;

  • CSOs’ capacities was built to jointly promote and defend human rights issues in Ukraine through support to development of 2 alternative reports on Ukraine’s commitments towards overcoming racial discrimination, minority rights, vulnerable groupsunder under ICERD and gender equality under CEDAW;

  • Institutional capacities of the “Justice for Peace in Donbas” Coalition were enhanced to monitor jointly respond to the new human rights challenges in the Eastern Ukraine - 10 CSOs-coalition mambers were engaged in the documentation of HR violations related with illegal detention, gender-based violence, involvement of children in illegal armed formations (142 interviews conducted in 18 regions of Ukraine, 210 cases entered into the MEMEX database);

  • A training of 18 trainers was conducted on HRBA for the CSO hubs (it is expected that trainers will further conduct their own trainings in the regions in early 2017 reaching up to 200 representatives of smaller CSOs).


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



Total: US$ 4,112,728.19 (91%)

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