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General Purposes

Civic Network "OPORA"

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2013–May 31, 2015
  • Location Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Geographic Focus Ukraine

About this grant

The program goal is to increase civic activism and community engagement in Ukraine. Civic Network OPORA will work to strengthen regional networks of citizen activist groups working on issues including local government transparency and communal services provisions. The grantee will continue its monitoring of independent university entrance tests and subsequent enrollment procedures to combat corruption in this realm. It will also conduct nonpartisan, long- and short-term public monitoring of the 2015 presidential elections. In 2011-2013, its expanded network of housing reform resource centers moved toward greater sustainability through membership fee support. Its monitoring of standardized university entrance exams and subsequent admissions processes has contributed to the maintenance of these exams in the face of political and other pressure. Established in 2006, Civic Network OPORA has conducted a number of successful local, regional, and national public interest campaigns on issues ranging from local historic preservation to a national health promotion policy.