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CEPPS in Ukraine

CEPPS has been working in Ukraine since 2001 to strengthen and consolidate its democratic transition by establishing more participatory, transparent, and accountable government processes. Since 2016, through the support of USAID, the Ukraine Responsive and Accountable Politics (U-RAP) program has contributed to Ukraine’s democratic development during a period of significant progress and upheaval in the country.
CEPPS Overarching Goals:

CEPPS works with political parties, the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada), government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs), the Central Election Committee (CEC) and the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) to increase government transparency, accountability, and responsiveness.

CEPPS Approach:

NDI: CEPPS focuses on promoting more accountable and inclusive political parties at the national level, enhancing party and government officials’ representation of citizens at the local level, empowering women to enter politics, and improving the enabling environment for political competition.

IRI: CEPPS uses international and domestic study trips, leadership trainings, forums, and coordinated public opinion research to strengthen political party outreach, bridge the divide between government officials and citizens, and to strengthen the capacity of key government institutions.

IFES: CEPPS supports the CEC’s ongoing modernization efforts in pursuit of inclusive, well administered elections, while partnering with civil society, media, the judiciary, lawmakers, academia and other electoral stakeholders to realize greater levels of electoral integrity, political inclusion, and citizen engagement.

CEPPS Key Achievements in Ukraine:

CEPPS empowers women, youth, persons with disabilities, Crimean IDPs, and other marginalized groups to participate in Ukraine’s political processes:

  • With an emphasis on empowering women, CEPPS has enabled tens of thousands of party activists and members to develop skills related to citizen outreach, campaigning, and small-donor fundraising through trainings, consultations, party forums, assistance to women’s wing within parties, and an innovative cascade training program that allows party trainers to train large numbers of party members, candidates, and activists.
  • Working with more than 2,000 young Ukrainians across Ukraine, CEPPS has prepared youth to effectively engage in political and civic activism.
  • By supporting local civic partners, CEPPS has engaged more than 100,000 Ukrainians in discussions of political reforms during forums, informal information hours, and through a network of local groups that organize events that bring together government officials, business leaders, members of the media, and civic groups to talk about reform issues.
  • CEPPS developed an innovative, university-level civic education course that is now offered at more than 36 universities throughout Ukraine; the course is designed to deepen students’ skills and knowledge through interactive teaching, while fostering democratic values and attitudes in and outside of the classroom.

CEPPS works to inform and unite Ukrainian decision-makers on key reform priorities:

  • Through its partnership with the European Parliament, CEPPS has held seven rounds of the Jean Monnet Dialogue, a groundbreaking mediation process that promotes cross-faction dialogue, consensus building, and inclusive decision making around key reform issues among Ukrainian members of parliament, leading to dozens of agreements on procedural issues in parliament and consensus around key reform priorities.
  • CEPPS’ coordinated public opinion research provides Ukrainian lawmakers, civil servants and political parties with accurate and regular data on citizen preferences on national political issues.
  • CEPPS trainings for hundreds of thousands electoral commissioners on electoral operations, cybersecurity, communications, and on administering safe elections during a pandemic from 2019 and 2020 helped Ukraine realize widely lauded presidential, parliamentary, and local elections over this period.

CEPPS improves the inclusivity and resilience of Ukraine’s electoral system:

  • CEPPS’ support to its local partners and their advocacy has resulted in landmark reforms to Ukraine’s electoral framework, with the historic passage of a unified election code that enfranchises more than 1 million internally displaced people in Ukraine in all elections, introduced a gender quota for party lists, and improved the accessibility of the electoral process for persons with disabilities and other underserved communities.
  • Through multifaceted support to the CEC and other cybersecurity stakeholders, CEPPS has significantly strengthened Ukraine’s cybersecurity resilience, empowering electoral and security actors to successfully detect, mitigate, and respond to cyberattacks throughout election cycles and beyond. CEPPS also played a key role in helping Ukrainian stakeholders prepare for major electoral events by conducting large-scale trainings on election day procedures prior to elections over the past decade.
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