The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Analysis of Civil Society in Ukraine

Prepared for the United States Agency for International Development/Kyiv Mission
PRS Briefs
PRS Policy Brief 1617-01
January 23, 2017
Apoorva
Dixit
Jordan
Einhorn
Jessica
Fedin
Sarah
Han
Michelle
Li
Regan
Plekenpol
Priya
Ramaiah
Rebecca
Rodriquez
Alexa
Sonnenfeld
Clara
Wang
Andrew
Weckstein
Kevin
Zhang
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Executive Summary

A team of twelve students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College spent the Fall 2016 term studying the current state of civil society in Ukraine.  The students analyzed the relevant documents produced by USAID regarding democracy assessment as well as documents focused specifically on civil society organization (CSO) sustainability and activism.  In addition, the students analyzed reports submitted to USAID by its implementing partners focused on civil society and media programming, including: Strengthening Civil Society in Ukraine Project—UNITER, implemented by Pact; Ukraine Civil Society Enabling Environment Project, implemented by UCIPR; Ukraine Civil Society Capacity Building Project, implemented by ISAR-Ednannia; and U-Media, implemented by Internews Network. Each of these programs will be discussed in the broader context of four thematic approaches to the analysis: 1) the overarching political and legal environment within which CSO development and activism takes place (team members: Michelle Li, Andrew Weckstein, Kevin Zhang); 2) CSO sustainability (team members: Apoorva Dixit, Priya Ramaiah, Rebecca Rodriguez); 3) CSO mobilization (team members: Jordan Einhorn, Sarah Han, Regan Plekenpol); and 4) the relationship between the media and civil society in general (team members: Jessica Fedin, Alexa Sonnenfeld, Clara Wang).

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