Civil Society for Enhanced Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine

Project Summary

The project aims to enhance the institutional capacity of civil society actors in the regions of Ukraine to have a stronger impact on the reform processes in the country in the areas of democracy and human rights and to contribute to more inclusive, democratic and rights-based governance through enhanced capacity, better coordination and networking.

Project Goals

  1. Strengthen the civil society organisations to promote democracy and foster participatory and result-driven Government-CSO dialogue at all levels in Ukraine.
  2. Enhance capacities of human rights actors to promote and defend human rights in Ukraine.
  3. Enhance civic youth engagement and youth participation in decision-making at all levels.

The project builds upon the achievements of the previous Democratization and Human Rights Programme (2013-2016).

It is a nation-scale 5-year initiative which runs from 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2022.

The project will focus on the following:

  • 8 organisations – regional leaders (civil society “hub”) will receive the grant for the institutional development of their network  

  • 6 organisations – regional leaders in the new regions will receive the institutional grants for their own organizational development (core support) and will join the hubs’ network  

  • The CSO hubs’ network consisting of 14 organisations will receive grant for the implementation of the All-Ukrainian project in accordance with the priority agenda of democratic governance reforms

  • Networking and coalition building in the area of democratization and human rights.  

  • 40 subnational organisations will be supported to implement projects in the areas of democratization, human rights and enhancing youth civic engagement.

  • Democratization: Thematic priorities in the area include citizen participation in decision-making at the local level and in the process of forming and using the funds of the local budgets; supporting the local initiatives, mechanisms of the local democracy, public control and government accountability; creating innovative e-tools for stimulating citizen engagement; advancing the reform agenda at the subnational level; engaging in the implementation of the National Strategy for Facilitation of the Civil Society Development at the subnational levels, and others.  

  • Human rights: Thematic priorities in the area include monitoring of Ukraine’s human rights commitments under the international treaty bodies and lobbying for approval and implementation of the respective national strategies and policies; human rights awareness and education, documentation of the human rights violations related with the armed conflict in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts; supporting integration of the human rights based approach in the everyday work of the civil society organisations; monitoring of the progress of reforms from the human rights perspective.

  • Youth civic engagement: Thematic priorities in the area include specialized training for the youth workers on enhancing youth civic activism; youth initiatives in the area of democratization and human rights; youth social innovation; engaging youth in volunteering for civil society organisations at the national and subnational levels.




Project start date:

April 2017

Estimated end date:

March 2022

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Denmark
  • Government Of France
  • Government Of Norway
  • Department Of Foreign Affairs
  • Trade And Development
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $368,482

    2019 $1,444,244

    2018 $1,062,264

    2017 $579,173



    • the widest possible range of civil society actors,
    • the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers,
    • the Committee of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development,
    • the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Ukraine,
    • the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, and
    • other relevant actors.

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