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

Katy P katycarvt at
Fri Mar 22 07:46:12 PDT 2013

My guess is that since money is already allocated for tech, they wanted to
ensure that programs that weren't tech focused had some funds too.

(Just a guess).

On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 7:19 AM, Shava Nerad <shava23 at> wrote:

> Evgeny got to them. ;)
> More seriously, does anyone have digital divide info - cultural and
> financial - on Ukraine?  Tech is not the solution for all cultures.
> Beer is the correct solution for some.  A thousand cups of tea for others.
> Maybe State knows something we don't?
> Like:
> ---
> Ukraine suffers digital divide - study
> Tuesday 22 March 2011 | 15:40 CET | News
> There is still a significant difference in household internet access
> across Ukraine, according to a study by GfK Ukraine. Internet penetration
> was just 12 percent in rural areas in Q4 2010, reports BizLigaNet. The
> figure rises to 25 percent in towns with a population below 50,000 and 38
> percent of households in cities with more than 500,000 residents.
> yrs,
> ----
> Shava Nerad
> shava23 at
> On Mar 21, 2013 3:04 PM, "Yosem Companys" <companys at> wrote:
>> 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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