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Social Inclusion of Youth in Ukraine

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.

Funding Sources of organisations working on youth inclusion in Ukraine

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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Q&A: Dmytro Potekhin

KyivPostThe Orange Revolutionary and Znayu organizer talks the nuts and bolts of revolt few reported what pro-democracy activists were actually doing to set the stage for the non-stop demonstration against voting fraud that erupted in Kyiv on Nov. 22 [2004].

Dmytro Potekhin, who ran one of the million-dollar projects funded by Western donors, was available to talk in Kyiv on Feb. 22 about his non-violent civil campaign.

Having coordinating foreign donor election activities for the International Renaissance Foundation in 2002, the 28-year-old Kyiv native took stock of the campaign’s deficiencies in designing his own project, dubbed “Znayu” (“I Know”), in time for the 2004 campaign.

In addition to covering the costs of flying delegations of former U.S. Congressmen to Ukraine, the money emboldened voters and helped to smooth over a conflict between twin non-violent activist groups.

Potekhin, who studied international affairs at the Kyiv Humanitarian Institute, worked previously at the Japanese embassy as a political analyst. He left the embassy to join the Ukraine Without Kuchma (UWK) protests, which petered out after a bloody brawl in March 2001 led to the arrests of hundreds of protestors.

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