Preliminary conclusions from the study of the needs of organisations working on the social inclusion of youth in Ukraine show that although the Ukrainian state institutions are still not equipped good enough for the challenges Ukraine is facing, many community organisers tend to withhold a good deal of criticism they show in private conversations or which can be heard from ordinary citizens. Because of the war and still lacking civic tradition of public criticism of the authorities, the whole public discourse is distorted, which influences the youth inclusion community too. Some criticism towards the state institutions is also dismissed just on the ground that the current officials are better than those from the previous administration.
Ukrainian people and organisations working on youth inclusion are doing amazing job. International donors are the main source of funding for the surveyed NGOs – they give 34% of the funds. At the same time 28% of voluntary work combined with 8% of membership fees and 7% of community resources make 43%. The Ukrainian state give the studies organisations only 5% of the funding. At the same time funding and capacity building is the most frequently mentioned need. Ukrainian community workers also combine rather high self-evaluation of their management skills and the need to learn – and to help others learn more – about the field-specific issues.
Ukrainian NGOs have developed skills and competencies needed to deal with both the general context of operations in Ukraine and the sector specific intricacies. They have enough energy to satisfy what is demanded by the bureaucrats who give just 5% of what the organisations get. Dialogue with the authorities is at the same time needed by some and not trusted by most of the NGOs. This energy can actually be used not only to help the youth learn how to comply with the inefficient bureaucratic system, but also to change it non-violently and in the interest of the people of Ukraine, the EU and the rest of the world.
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Last summer Nonviolent Solutions Agency and Center for Strategic Studies asked Kyiv International Institute of Sociology to conduct national survey on the ways Ukrainians want to fight the Russian occupation. Here is a brilliant discussion of the results by Maciej Bartkowski and Alina Polyakova and press-conference on the main findings of the survey.
Liga News Agency made nice infographics of our survey on the methods Ukrainians say they want to use against the occupiers. Relative majority of 39,3% think that Donbas will be liberated when Ukraine will have tangible results in domestic reforms. 18,3% believe that Donbas will be liberated when the Donbas people itself will start resisting the occupiers “peacefully” and 11,3% think – when armed resistance will start in Donbas. Interesting is that less than 1% of Ukrainians believe that Ukraine is being liberating Donbas now. More figures (in Russian) can be found in the Liga News Agency publication.
Why the Crimea is blocked by the activists, not the official Kyiv? Why only Crimea, not Russia? Why the new Ukraine’s War Doctrine mentions “information war” and “special operations” against Ukraine, but no “war of Russia against Ukraine”? Why lots of Ukrainians are ready to fight the occupiers nonviolently, but there is also nothing about this way of vaging conflict in the documents and activities of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry?
More details of the survey on nonviolent resistance the Nonviolent Solutions Agency conducted in August-September 2015 in partnership with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology and the Center of Strategic Studies.
Дослідження уподобань щодо методів боротьби з окупантами здійснив Київський міжнародний інститут соціології з 31 серпня по 13 вересня 2015 року на замовлення Агенції ненасильницьких рішень та громадської організації «Центр стратегічних досліджень».
Детальний звіт буде опубліковано найближчим часом. Основні результати дослідження висвітлено в прес-релізі.