The Democracy Development Centre (hereinafter – Centre) is the successor of the city public organization “Information and Methodological Center "Debates"”, which worked for youth and with youth on the educational programs "Debate", "Practical Law" and "Legal Clinics". As a result of expanding the fields of work, it was decided to create an all-Ukrainian level organization. The Democracy Development Centre was established in 2003 with an objective to create the foundation for development of the civil society and promote the rule of law in Ukraine through contributing to the personal development of women and men, girls and boys, and to help people become proactive and responsible citizens of their country.
The Centre promotes diffusion of knowledge on the human rights protection, spreading the democratic practices, advanced approaches to public administration; developing a new educational approach on topics "Liquid Democracy and Crisis Management", "Gender Policy, Creating Gender-Sensitive Services", "Human Rights". In its activities, the Centre applies various educational tools of the Debate and Practical Law programs, conducts trainings, seminars, performances, festivals, debate tournaments, public hearings, etc. The Centre has the following directions of work:
- Representation and advocacy for interests of members of communities at the national level in directions "Gender policy and combating violence", "Creating a system of social services for vulnerable groups of population". Monitoring of decision-making in the mentioned fields.
- Work with local communities, local level NGOs on protection of their rights in communities, creation of targeted services, provision of the training services in strategic planning and project management.
- Work with children and youth and educators on public debates and practical law. Organizing the debate clubs, tournaments, public hearings with participation of children and youth.
- Training the public officials on project management, liquid democracy and crisis management.
- Implementation of the National Action Plan “Women. Peace. Security” under UN Security Council Resolution, implementation of the recommendations of the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and monitoring of decision making in those fields.
The organization has expertise and experience in implementing the projects supported by international donors, such as UNDP, UNICEF, the United States Agency for Development, MATRA, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, NATO, OSCE and others. The sample of issues addressed by those projects indicates a multidisciplinary and cross-cutting nature of the Centre’s work as one of its key features. In course of its work, the organization has established contacts and arranged cooperation with a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations, local authorities, academic institutions, various branches of government.
DDC is a member of “Stop Violence” Network and Gender Strategic Platform, and is cooperating with NGOs on implementation of projects in the social sphere. This is one of our keys strengths: we have been implementing sustainable projects that other NGOs pick up and implement at their levels.
The Centre has different international partners:
PBLQ ROI, Dutch Institute for Public Administration provides training and advice, focusing on the professionalization of Dutch civil servants and public sector employees of central, regional and local governments. PBLQ ROI was set up in 1973 as part of the Ministry for the Interior until it was privatized in 1993. PBLQ ROI’s privatization has been a success. While PBLQ ROI is no longer part of the government, it is still the Netherlands’ main provider of training for the civil service with close relations with the administration. It is a partner for Dutch ministries and local governments in their quest towards a modern civil service in the Netherlands and brings in a long track record in central and local government capacity building, as well as extensive working experience in countries in transition.
Women in War founded and directed by Franco-British sociologist, specialist of gender and armed conflict and human rights activist Dr. Carol Mann, is an independent NGO, registered according to the French law on charities of 1901, registered in Paris in February 2008. Based in Paris, it has a branch in Sarajevo and Beirut. It is the academic offshoot of a humanitarian association, Femaid, which has been working in war zones since 2000, especially in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and D. R. Congo, on health and education projects. As a think-tank, it brings together young feminist scholars and activists, especially in war zones who view academic research not as an end in itself but as a means to change the conventional thinking of gender roles during wars and conflict, through study of past and present, learning from grass-roots experiences.
The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), a program of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), is a coalition of women’s groups and other civil society organizations from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe and West Asia – mostly in conflict-affected countries – that are actively involved in advocacy and action for the full and effective implementation of the Security Council resolutions on women and peace and security.
The Institute for International Affairs (IAI) of Rome, in cooperation with the Centre, is willing to organize an ARW in Kyiv that focuses on UNSCR 1325 and Ukraine with the aim to reflect and debate on the following issues: Promoting a multidimensional approach to security, which goes beyond the purely military aspects to entail economic development, social justice, environmental protection, democratization, disarmament, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and takes into consideration the disproportionate impact of conflicts and insecurity on women and girls; Discussing possible ways through which the number of women participating in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and peace-building can be increased and their role enhanced; Advocating for the inclusion of grass-root women's organizations, associations and groups in the planning and implementation of gender-sensitive strategies to address security challenges in the framework of the transatlantic security and defense policy.