Aspen Institute Kyiv starts a Good Governance program with support from Luminate
Aspen Institute Kyiv is pleased to announce that it was awarded a $240,000 USD grant from Luminate, the global philanthropic organisation focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. The grant will be used for developing the Good Governance Program. The goal of the Program is to provide Ukrainian leadership with better understanding of good governance principles and respective best practices by establishing dialogue platform for national and local leaders.
The implementation of good governance (GG) principles and norms in the public domain has been a focal point for Ukrainian society and its leadership for many years. Despite many successful endeavors in this area, good governance remains fragile, and this significantly contributes to lowering the level of trust in public institutions, thus posing serious obstacles to the further modernization of Ukrainian society. After Revolution of Dignity (2013-2014) the issue of good governance is on the top of national agenda being reflected in number of attempted and ongoing sector reforms.
Decentralization, health care, judiciary and number of other reforms started in 2014 to continue democratic transformations in the country and to establish fundamentally new relationship between government and society, eliminating the total state protection, but providing opportunities for implementation of local initiatives. There is a clear need to involve Ukrainian leaders into a meaningful dialogue over the ideas and practicalities of good governance. The goal of the Program is to provide Ukrainian leadership with better understanding of good governance principles and respective best practices by establishing dialogue platform for national and local leaders. Program will be implemented during 2019-2020 for total of 18 months and will include: Good Governance seminars, Good Governance Forum, Digital Threats to Democracy working group, Program Challenge projects, Good Governance Conversations
Olena Boytsun, Director of Investments, Central & Eastern Europe, Luminate – “We believe that the principles of open dialogue that the Aspen community values will bring positive results for the development of Ukraine. Besides many important activities within the grant, we are happy to bring our global experience and expertise to Ukraine, co-founding the working group on Digital Threats to Democracy, which has the potential to become powerful national platform to discuss issues in the field of Data and Digital rights.”
Yuliya Tychkivska, Executive director The Aspen Institute Kyiv –“I am convinced that thanks to the cooperation with Luminate, the “Good Governance” program, launched in 2018, will receive a new ground for development and the opportunity to engage changemakers to significant policy work on improving lives of Ukrainian communities.”
The Aspen Institute Kyiv is an independent nonpartisan organization that supports values-based leadership, promotes a culture of dialogue and create opportunities for the exchange of ideas. To accomplish this objective, Aspen Institute Kyiv engages leaders of business and government, academicians, journalists, artists and civil activists into a meaningful dialogue holding seminars, policy meetings, and public conferences.
Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. It was established in 2018 by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, before 2018 Luminate has worked in Ukraine as Omidyar Network. Luminate works with its investees and partners to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in, and shape, the issues affecting their societies, and to make government, corporations, media, and those in positions of power more responsive and more accountable. Luminate does this by funding and supporting innovative and courageous organisations and entrepreneurs around the world, and by advocating for the policies and actions that will drive change across four impact areas: Civic Empowerment, Data & Digital Rights, Financial Transparency, and Independent Media. To date, it has supported 236 organisations in 18 countries with $314 million in funding.