After 10 years in political watchdog and advocacy at both national and regional levels, we are changing to set new quality standards for the country and for the NGO sector.
Our goal is to create conditions for democratic development of institutions with proper balance between branches of the state.
The aftermath of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections has demonstrated the weakness of state institutions and the imbalance between the branches of the state. One of the reasons for that is an unclear delineation of state institutions powers, legislative collisions and gaps created in the past.
Unprecedented victory of just one political force, which got its own majority in the Parliament, Government, and President, has vividly demonstrated the ineffectiveness of Ukrainian system of checks and balances.
Under such conditions, prospects of any sustainable sectoral reforms are vague. Economic recess under the unstable system is unavoidable. Institutional weakness of the state led to the failure in dealing with the military aggression, and that weakness was not amended. Thus, nothing indicates that Ukrainian state is able to perform its key task — to ensure safety of its citizens.
Despite the fall of the Soviet Union and ban on the communist party, party policies have not become public policies, so instead of discussing different projects about Ukrainian further development, the country is still discussing political projects.
Logic of political competition still prevails over developing state policies for the benefit of society as a whole.
Having such a credit of trust and authority, politicians now in power can do either much good, or much harm.
The speedy and ill-conceived political decisions make the institutional imbalance worse. This could have fatal outcomes for Ukrainian state, if this imbalance will be used by our enemies.
Justification for decision-making in Ukraine is still political rather than substantial.
Both civic society and state institutions lack the direct communication with the citizens for both policy-making and communicating to public the benefits from the proposed policies.
- Stable balance of powers is one of the key demands from Ukrainian citizens. The ground for further demand for the parliamentary republic is established.
- Policies and proposals developed by politicians in power get timely assessment about their influence on the balance of powers. The citizens are informed about possible threats.
- Decision-making bodies at different levels engage stakeholders into policy development.
- Citizens understand the scope of authority of local government and take into account how electoral political platforms agree with this scope while making an electoral choice.
How do we operate?
Analyze proposals and legislative acts that change the balance of powers between the President, the Parliament, the Government, and the Constitutional Court
Prepare informational materials in a format of solution journalism
Convey messages to target audiences in accordance to communication plan
Work directly with the stakeholders at the national and regional levels
Prepare policy documents and conduct personal advocacy meetings with diplomats and other representatives of international partners of Ukraine
Maintain political dialog with the representatives of parliamentary political forces about threats from proposed or implemented solutions
Help decision-making bodies to develop their policies inclusively, engaging national and regional stakeholders