In both Ukraine and Moldova the relationship between government and civil society is underdeveloped. There have been recent improvements in this relationship however progress is slow and though there have been numerous positive legislative measures in both countries, their implementation remains poor, particularly in Ukraine.
The project aims to increase the potential for democracy in Ukraine and Moldova by improving the relationship between civil society and government. In the long term, the project will result in stronger, more legitimate and credible CSOs with more effective democratic participation. It is a 2 year project, funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund
1. To increase the capacity of CSOs to network and advocate government effectively
2. To improve the functioning of existing mechanisms for interaction between the state and civil society
The project will focus on the whole of Moldova (including Transnistria and Gagauzia), and four oblasts of Ukraine (Poltavska, Sumska, Luhanska and Khersonska). Stakeholders will be involved wherever possible to maximize potential synergies with related projects and initiatives.
The project activities fall under three categories, ongoing activities, one-off activities, and supplementary activities. The ongoing activities will be led by project steering groups (PSGs), which will discuss, appraise and develop the details of the project strategy and activities, and act as champions for the project, and roundtables, gathering civil society leaders and relevant figures local and national government to develop joint solutions.
The one-off activities will be a two-day masterclasses to train a total of 80 civil society practitioners how to network and advocate more effectively, a one-day conference gathering 100 stakeholders from the two countries to share the major learning of the project, and promote the examples of good practice collected, and a one-week study visit bringing 29 stakeholders from the region to Brussels and London.
The supplementary activities will be development of a web portal to disseminate relevant resources and information about the project, events, and related initiatives, and a research report highlighting the major lessons from the project, as well as the relevant parts of the monitoring and evaluation, which will be published online and made available free of charge.
December: Steering Group
March: Steering Group
April: Roundtable, Masterclass
July: Steering Group, Roundtable
November: Steering Group, Study Visit
March: Steering Group
April: Roundtable (Ukraine)
July: Steering Group (Ukraine), Conference
This study visit epitomized the work of Euclid Network in creating an enabling environment for CSOs to connect to both other organisations and EU institution; connecting civil society across borders and boundaries.