The Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) will use renewed Endowment support to continue promoting public discussion on political reforms and national unity. The think tank will organize a series of activities to analyze, publicize, and debate the state of democracy in Ukraine. The activities will include trainings, meetings, and discussions to facilitate dialogue about reform and national unity. It will also produce in-depth studies and publications on the situation in Crimea, national identity during the Donbas military conflict, and major developments in national politics.
In the coming year, UCIPR will continue to monitor and analyze the issues influencing the country’s political stability. It will focus on two topics – the status of Crimea, and discourse on national identity.
UCIPR will produce a report on the status of the Crimean peninsula, which will include analysis and offer concrete recommendations for policies in the educational, political, military, social, informational, and cultural fields necessary to create the preconditions for the eventual reintegration of Crimea back into Ukraine.
The think tank also will produce a publication analyzing the attitudes of different political groups toward possible scenarios for solving the Donbas military conflict and its influence on national identity. The think tank will present the results of its research to the National Security Council, the Ministry on the Temporary Occupied Territories, parliamentarians, the expert community, and the general public. It will also publish the reports on its website.
01 May 2017 – 30 April 2018
NED (National Endowment for Democracy)
Support the government in providing services to the residents of Crimea, both IDPs and those residing at the occupied territory by developing clear methodological instructions for public officials working in the public services sphere and providing relevant information on human rights legislation, raising government capacity to deal with these issues via round table discussions and human rights protection and legislative matters.
The project will produce Guidelines for public officials on provision of social and humanitarian services to the citizens of Ukraine residing in the temporarily occupied Crimea and seminars for relevant public officials jointly with the Ministry for the Occupied Territories and IDPs and the Information Policy Ministry.
British Embassy Kyiv
The realization of the Project «Public Support for Reforming Parliamentary Electoral Law» began on March 1, 2017. The Project is implemented by the UCIPR with the CEDEM assistance within the framework of «RPR Coalition Strengthening Project» financed by the European Commission. The Project is in progress till September 30, 2017.
The Project purpose is public communication provision regarding election reform objectives and public support of the review process of draft laws «On Election of People’s Deputies of Ukraine» (Draft law No. 1068 (Y.Miroshnichenko), Draft law No.1068-1 (Y.Tymoshenko) and Draft law No.1068-2 dated December 11, 2014 (N.Agafonova, V.Chumak, N.Novak, P.Rizanenko, L.Yemets). The purpose of the project is the delivery of impartial information regarding draft laws purport.
The Project stipulates the information campaign with mass media involvement, social media usage and interactive communication to attract attention to the importance of election system improvement, inspection of available and potential draft laws, development of proposals for the 2-nd reading if approved as relevant to the purposes of the draft law.
The Project realization should attract public attention to the necessity of election system improvement that will create conditions for selection of candidates for people’s deputies by citizens of Ukraine, will strengthen the party responsibility for the candidates, will allow to choose the whole constitutional composition of parliament.
March 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017
Strategic session of experts and communication officers of non-governmental organizations-members of the coalition in support of the reform of the electoral law, 28 April 2017
Diplomatic breakfast dedicated to the state of the reform of the electoral law, 13 June 2017
The development of the “Vidkryti” (“Open”) brand and the launch of the project on social media (Facebook and Twitter), June 2017
Statement by 8 non-governmental organizations on the need to ‘reboot’ the Central Election Commission until the end of the current session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, 20 June 2017
Address by non-governmental organizations to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on resuming the activity of the Working Group on the development of election-related legislation, 27 June 2017
Study on “Analysis of bills related to parliamentary elections” that provides insight into bills on elections of people’s deputies submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The study is prepared by Yevhen Radchenko, a senior expert of the Group on reforming the electoral law of the Reanimation Package of Reforms, Internews Ukraine, 5 July 2017
Address by the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research to leaders of political parties and parliamentary coalitions to clarify the position of parties represented in the Rada on changes in the electoral law
Training entitled “Let’s speak frankly about the reform of the electoral law” for journalists and civil society activists from all over Ukraine, 8-9 July 2017
Press conference, during which Svitlana Kononchuk, the UCIPR Executive Director, analyzed the possibility of consideration of election-related bills by the Verkhovna Rada, 4 September 2017
Article by Ihor Koliusho and Yulia Kyrychenko, Centre for Policy and Legal Reform, Dzerkalo Tyzhya (Mirror Weekly), “Ukrainian society needs a new electoral system”, 20 May 2017
Analytical study by Svitlana Kononchuk and Daryna Stepaniuk on “Open electoral lists for party policy development”, 26 June 2017
Participation of Yulia Tyshchenko in the Chas political talk show on Channel 5, during which she stressed the need to approve a bill on open-list voting by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, 22 June 2017
On March 20, Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research launched a project "Development and Advocacy Strategy for the State Information occupied the Crimea"
The aim is to develop and advocate a draft of the government information Strategy to reintegrate Crimea. The work on the project will be conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Information Policy and involve a wide range of experts. A working Group of 8 experts will develop a strategy based on focus group research, personal semi-structured interviews, media monitoring, monitoring of government decisions, public opinion polls and analysis of scientific studies.
The final document will include: 1) general provisions that will describe the problem, analyze the current status on the basis of sociological research and analytical materials available, the strategy’s goals; 2) analysis of threats to information policy implementation; 3) tasks and implementation phases; 4) areas of implementation; 5) mechanisms of strategy implementation.
20/03/2017 - 20/07/2017
International Renaissance Foundation
Enhance public awareness of political reforms and extend access to objective information about activities and decisions of Ukrainian public and political figures.
UCIPR will continue to promote public debate on democracy in Ukraine. With the aim to facilitate the constitutional reform and relevant transformations, UCIPR will carry out a series of actions analyzing the state of democracy in the country, including trainings, meetings, surveys, focus groups, and discussions to launch a dialogue on the reform and national cohesion. UCIPR will also hold in-depth studies on Crimea, political parties, and parliamentary ethics.
UCIPR will continue to monitor and analyze issues that impact political stability in the country, focusing on Crimea’s status in terms of the constitutional reform, as well as ethical principles of parliamentarism and state service in order to develop recommendations for the Constitutional Commission.
1 May 2016 - 1 May 2017
NED (National Endowment for Democracy)
Press conference on «Crimean Tatar Autonomy: the Right to Self-Identification or the Path to Federalization?» (4 July 2016)
Press conference on «Genocide of Crimean Tatars: Historical Parallels» (16 May 2016)
Press conference on «Elections to the Russian State Duma: a Challenge to Crimea’s Annexation?» (19 September 2016)
Press conference on «Ukraine’s Political Turbulence» (21 February 2017)
Participation in the development of Action Plan of Ukraine’s Policy towards Crimea (March 2017)
«School of Dialogue and Communication» (November 2016)
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