COMMUNITY-BASED INITIATIVES TO LOCAL CHANGES
November 1, 2014 16 Ukrainian NGOs started the implementation
of their projects supported as part of the the project "Common
future of the Ukrainian society after the Maidan. Promoting
mutual understanding and cooperation in conflict prevention",
implemented by the Institute for International Cooperation of
the German Association of People Universities (DVV International)
and the Integration and Development Center for Information and
Research with the financial support by the Foreign Office of
Germany (Auswartige Amt).
The main objective of the project competition announced in late
September for the civic organizations - to promote the formation
of a democratic society and a successful local development in
Ukraine by improving the capacity of civil society organizations,
local communities, including representatives of local authorities
in order to sustain a dialogue between different groups of population
at the regional and interregional levels.
Totally 16 projects from 11 regions of Ukraine for the amount
of 75,000 Euro were supported among 34 project proposals submitted
to the grant committee.
All of them address the most urgent problems of the Ukrainian
Each project represents a concrete action to overcome the effects
of hostilities in the country, or promote a dialogue between
different groups of the population and the authorities, including
between the IDPs and the local population in different regions
of Ukraine. A number of projects are directly aimed at solving
problems related to social adaptation and integration of IDPs
from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk
regions, providing them with social and legal protection and
integration into local communities, initiating volunteer and
self-organization groups programs.
Each project aims at the prevention or resolution of existing
conflicts through training of different groups of local communities
(NGO leaders, teachers, students, etc.), as well as the expansion
of democratic participation in resolving local problematic issues
and meeting challenges of sustainable local development.
Projects must be fully implemented until 15 February 2015,
so that each organization were able to provide the results achieved
at the forum of NGOs involved in the project scheduled for the
end of February.
Below is a list of organizations implementing projects with
theircontacts where you can find the most current information
about ongoing events.
1. The community foundation
of Kherson city "Zahist"(“Protection”); the project
"Integration of IDPs in educational institutions of Kherson
2. Vinnytsia regional organization
of "Knowledge" society; the project "Podillya
- Crimea" (mutual introduction of cultures of Crimean Tatars
and the inhabitants of Podillya region)
3. Regional Noncommercial
NGO "Center for Social Partnership" (Sumy); the project
"Public dialogue as a tool to reduce tensions between the
government and the community of Sumy"
"Council of Young Scientists"; the project "The
prevention of conflicts in modern Ukrainian society through
constructive dialogue among students and academic environment
"Cultural Di@log" (Kremenchug); the project "The
Incubator of Trust"
6. NGO "Center
for Education and Human Development"; the project "Interactive
training for internally displaced Crimeans in Lviv - the key
to their integration and adaptation in a crisis situation"
7. NGO "Kyiv educational
center "Space of Tolerance"; the project "Meeting
at the new place: educational activities for young immigrants
(IDPs) and school psychologists»
8. NGO "Crimean Diaspora";
the project "The second all-Ukrainian Forum of internally
displaced persons from the Crimea and eastern Ukraine»
9. Charitable organization
"Light of Hope" (Poltava); the project "One country
- one people"
Regional Mediation Group, the project "Bridges. Building
bridges, not walls. Organizing dialogues on the integration
of IDPs in the local community
11. NGO "Academy of liberal education" (Kremenchug),
the project "The assistance for those who help means assistance
to people in need"
12. NGO "Ukrainian
Center ‘Zlagoda’"; the project "The online course
on Conflict Management and Mediation"
"Democratic and civic initiatives" (Korosten, Zhytomyr
region); the project "Establishing a dialogue between different
groups at the regional and inter-regional levels"
city NGO "The Union of Chernobyl"; the project "The
establishment of on-line consultation centers for citizens affected
by the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine"
15. The Center of Humanistic Technology
"Ahalar" (Chernigov); the project "Linked with
17. Charitable Foundation "Community
resources and initiatives" (Chernivtsi); the project "The
harmonization of inter-ethnic relations and the creation of
a tolerant environment for the IDPs in Chernivtsi region"