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[liberationtech] US State Dept Discourages Using Technology to Promote Democracy, Human Rights, and Citizen Engagement in Ukraine?

Yosem Companys companys at
Thu Mar 21 12:04:22 PDT 2013

Fostering Civic Engagement in Ukraine (approximately $500,000
available): DRL’s objective is to support the role of civil society in
policy formation and enhancing accountability and responsiveness of
government officials in Ukraine. The program will support civil
society to foster an inclusive and participatory democratic system of
government and hold politicians and public officials more accountable
to constituents. In order to foster more unity among civil society
efforts, the program should support post-election advocacy on areas of
policy formation and implementation such as ongoing efforts related to
elections and election law reform; freedom of assembly legislation;
and/or reversing legislation restricting the rights of vulnerable or
marginalized populations. The program should also examine how well
existing laws are implemented and help civil society ensure that
citizens can use official institutions and mechanisms to exercise
their rights. Program activities could include, but are not limited
to: support for activities to encourage debate and advocacy by
citizens and civil society organizations, small grants to civil
society for monitoring and/or advocacy activities, creating regional
civil society partnerships to increase civil society unity on advocacy
efforts, or connecting Ukrainian civil society with their counterparts
in one or more countries in the region through NGO-to-NGO exchanges
and mentoring in order to take advantage of shared post-communist and
transition experiences. Successful proposals will demonstrate a strong
knowledge of civil society in Ukraine and an established ability to
work with regional civil society groups.

DRL strongly discourages health, technology, or science- related
projects unless they have an explicit component related to the
requested program objectives listed above.

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