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FCG Sweden supports civil society development in Ukraine

The EU-financed project "Technical assistance for civl society development in Ukraine" has now entered its second month since the startup in October. FCG Sweden's project manager Pontus Förberg came back from Kiev on Monday 20th of November and reports that the inception phase has been finalised in a very good manner. We are very pleased with the team and the support we are getting from the EU Delegation as well as our partners ICE and Eurasia, says Mr Förberg. 

The project aim is to provide technical assistance for the implementation of EU’s civil society programmes and projects in Ukraine, including those under the Ukraine Civil Society Support Programme. Pontus Föberg explains that there are four main components of the project, which has a timeframe of two years and a budget just above 1.6 million euros. 

The first component will ensure that CSOs are better able to engage in sector policy dialogue and reforms at national and regional levels. It will also ensure better monitoring of the implementation of government commitments. These objectives will be reached by strengthening the CSOs technical and organisational capacities and through improved cooperation and networking. An extensive capacity development training programme will also be implemented.

The second component focusses on the EU Roadmap for engagement with civil society and Ukraine’s National Strategy for Civil Society. The project will promote the CSOs to play active roles as partners in dialogue and in oversight and to highlight the value of CSO participation in domestic policies, thus contributing to socio-economic development and a more inclusive society. Special attention will be given to the involvement of CSOs in social service delivery.

Component three is all about communication. Through improved communication, outreach and knowledge-management, CSOs' roles in reforms will be enhanced and public awareness of CSOs’ activities increased. Also, the EU support to civil society will be better promoted and highlighted. The project’s website will include an online help desk and provide a comprehensive knowledge management system where CSOs find and give information.

Component four will ensure CSOs to better manage EU supported projects, through the provision of a virtual/expert help desk. The project will provide support and guidance to existing EU grantees, assist the EUD in the management and organisation of new calls for proposals

Taken together, the four components provide a comprehensive approach to assisting civil society development in Ukraine and we look very much forward to follow the progress of this project over the next two years.