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Forum of civil society development
From right to left: experts Serhiy Harmash, Iryna Bekeshkina, Maksym Latsyba, Okeksiy Arestovich and other Forum’s participants  Photo by Anna Martynuk, IRC “Legal Space”
From right to left: experts Serhiy Harmash, Iryna Bekeshkina, Maksym Latsyba, Okeksiy Arestovich and other Forum’s participants

Regional Forum of civil society development was conducted on 24 April in Odessa. Among participants: representatives of public and charity organizations, members of local councils and State administrations, business companies, donor organizations. People were interested in joining efforts for enhancing Ukrainian civil society capacity.

After a short welcoming speech, speakers started a sharp discussion: how to unite our country? Which values can become a basis for cooperation? How to improve social and economic situation of Ukraine? Iryna Bekeshkina, famous Ukrainian sociologist, explains that all Ukrainians dream about a better life. Can this desire unite our people? “Democratic initiatives” foundation shows in its research that people trust Ukrainian army, the church, volunteers and public organizations. So it is important to rely on these groups of people in order to build a better country. Oleksiy Arestovich, military expert, claims that it is important to look for common values and ideas. It is impossible to push people to live the same type of life, but common values can unite people. They need a similar vision of the future to continue living together. Serhiy Harmash, Maksym Latsyba, Zoya Kazanji also discussed Ukrainian values and answered questions.

During the forum several events were scheduled:

  • Master class “Common goods as understanding grounds”;
  • Round table “Internally displaced persons: issues, successes, role of civil society”;
  • Case “Odessa model of dialogue in a conflict of values”;
  • Round table “Civil society in Ukraine: new initiatives, new capacities and new challenges”;  
  • Round table “Community fund as innovation tool” (with the participation of successful communities from Eastern, Central and South regions of Ukraine);
  • Experience of “Global partnership against armed conflicts” (with the participation of experts from Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Bulgaria);
  • Discussion “Role of international community in restoring peace in Ukraine. Expectation and reality” (with the participation of donor organizations);
  • Round table “Volunteer movement in Ukraine: issues, challenges, opportunities”;
  • Presentations for donor organizations, priorities of work for public and charity organizations.

During coffee-break public initiatives presented their successful projects.

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Photo by Anna Martynuk, IRC “Legal Space”
From left to right: Olga Nastina, head of Bila Tserkva Community Law Center and other participants of the Forum. Olga Nastina is explaining the work of free legal aid system and legal aid to ATO participants and their families.

A group is working on special movements for building up trust.

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Photo from“Isar Yednannya” archives

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