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  • 1. ANNUAL REPORTCivil Society Organization “Center UA” (UNITED ACTIONS CENTER) 0
  • 2. CONTENT I. Introduction 1.1. Address of the Chairman Oleg Rybachuk….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………...……….……..2 1.2. Address of the Executive Director Svitlana Zalishchuk …..………………………………………………………………………………………………………2 II. About Us 2.1. General Information about the Organization....…………...………………………………………………………………………………………………………..3 2.2. Mission and Purpose ……..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……....3 2.3. Vision of the Organization……….…………………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……....4 2.4. Values of the Organization ………….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……....4 2.5. Activity Priorities and Goals………………….……………………………………………..………………………………………………………………………………..5III. Team of the United Actions Center 3.1. Organizational Structure……………………..……………..……..……………………………..…………………………………………………………………………..6 3.2. Our Team ………………..………………………………………………..………………..………………………………………………………………………………………..7IV. Results for 2012 4.1. Vlodometr Project...……………………………………………………………..…………………………………………………………………………….………………..11 4.2. Access to Information and Freedom of Speech ……………..………………………………………………………………………………………….………...13 4.3. European Program …………………………………………..………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……...16 4.4. CHESNO Civic Campaign …………………………………………………..………………………………………………………………………..…..…………….……..19V. Financial Report 5.1. Proceeds from Donors in 2012…..……..…………………….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..22 5.2. Expenses for Projects in 2012…..…………………………………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………..23 1
  • 3. Шановні нові громадяни! Шановні колеги, партнери, друзі, читачі! Зміни в країні творять не політики, а ми - Центру UA нещодавно виповнилося 3 роки. За громадяни. Саме ми і є Україна, і лише цей час ми подорослішали, стали ми відповідальні за все, що відбувається досвідченішими, реалізували чимало успішних навколо нас. Я щиро вірю в зміни і знаю, проектів. що спільно їх творити легше. Також у 2012 році ми приділили особливу увагу Центр спільних дій це не просто назва, інституційному розвиткові нашої громадської це – філософія нашої організації. Це організації, щоб максимально наблизити нашу спосіб мислення, який ми хочемо діяльність до кращих європейських практик донести до всіх своїми діями. прозорої та підзвітної громадської активності. З цією метою ми започатковуємо щорічне публічнеЩе вчора говорити про вплив на політика видавалось дивним. Вже звітування.сьогодні нам вдалося змінити парадигму безальтернативності таслабкості громадянського суспільства. В цей час, коли у Отже, ми раді вам представити наш річний звіт за 2012 рік. Тут миЄвропейському союзі та Сполучених штатах давно говорять про представляємо наші ініціативи – над якими працюємо, результати – якихгіперактивність громадського тиску, ми запозичуємо досвід та досягли, виклики – які попереду.маленькими, але впевненими кроками рухаємось до цього, стаючи Цей рік став для нас особливо цікавим та насиченим – ми заснували тасильнішими. координували велику виборчу кампанію з моніторингу доброчесностіГромадянський рух, який розгортає Центр спільних дій, має стати кандидатів ЧЕСНО, продовжили контролювати виконання обіцянокджерелом, в якому народиться нова справжня українська еліта. політиків командою Владометру, активно просували європейські реформи шляхом координації діяльності Громадської експертної радиЕпоха корумпованості з кожним днем втрачає свої позиції. Ми при Українській частині Комітету з питань співробітництва між Україноюрозгорнули дискурс, якого ще не знала Верховна Рада. Ще ніколи її та ЄС, не полишали адвокатувати зміни у сфері доступу до інформації,скликання не розпочиналось з обговорення політичної брали участь у різних ініціативах журналістського руху Стоп Цензурі! і невідповідальності за відсутність персонального голосування, прогули лише.засідань або перехід до іншої фракції. І на цьому ми не зупинимось. Ми як Центр UA розшифровуємо UA у нашій назві як «unitedactions» –Я знаю, що зміни можливі лише тоді, коли ми запровадимо тобто спільні дії. Ми віримо, що спільними діями миможемо творитипринципи моральності та чесності. І ми зробимо все, щоб це стало кращу Україну.правилом, модою та звичкою. Олег Рибачук, Світлана Заліщук, Голова організації Виконавчий директор 2
  • 4. 2.1. General information about the OrganizationStructure of management and responsibilities of governing bodies are defined in the Organization’s Charter. All internal policies andprocedures are regulated by the relevant internal documents which are approved by the Organization’s Board.NGO "Center UA" (United Actions Center) has a local status and is registered with the Main Department of Justice in Kiev on October 23,2009. State registration of the Organization was performed by the Podol District State Administration on November 12, 2009.The Organization operates on the principles of voluntariness, equality of its members, self-governance, independence, lawfulness,electiveness and accountability of governing bodies, as well as transparency and openness of operations.The Organization does not intend to make profit from its operations. The Organizations was given the non-profit status under the code0011 according to the decision № 644 of Podol District State Administration from December 1, 2009The Organization started its activities with the “New Citizen” Campaign.The official website of the Organization: http://uacentre.org.ua/Website of the “New Citizen” Partnership: http://newcitizen.org.ua/2.2. Mission and PurposeMission of the Organization: creating an open society through united actions of citizens.Purpose of the Organization: realizing and protecting human rights to ensure effective self-organization of citizens and to achievequalitative changes in the development of an open society. 3
  • 5. 2.3. Vision of the OrganizationSuccessful development of Ukraine is impossible without strong and active civil society which will ensure citizens’ contribution to theimprovement of social life, create conditions for the development of alternative political elites and their competition based onprofessional and moral qualities, and promote initiative of citizens, accountability and transparency of the governmentOne of the main problems of the civil society development in Ukraine is the low level of self-organization as well as lack of coordinationof efforts from leading NGOs and opinion leaders, which reduces the effectiveness of advocacy mechanisms in relations withauthorities. Hence, there is a demand for creating conditions for effective self-organization of citizens and developing a platform for"equal partners - platforms" with all stakeholders which will facilitate high level of interaction and promote important socialdevelopment projects.The platform of platforms is based on the principle of horizontal cooperation, where each platform is an autonomous unit but theirunited actions are aimed at achieving a common goal - qualitative changes in the development of an open society.2.4. Values of the OrganizationIntegrity. We operate with honesty and integrity that are the basis for making any individual or collective decisions concerning theOrganization.Transparency. All activities of the Organization are public and open to citizens.Excellent quality. We strive to achieve quality and valuable results.Innovation. We encourage the use of new knowledge, creativity and independent thinking in all that we are doing.Respect for the individual. We treat each other fairly, with dignity and on the basis of equality. We support each other, motivatingeveryone to maximize our capacity development. 4
  • 6. Respect to the Center UA. We recognize that the strength of the Center UA is based on our collective and individual commitment to theOrganization’s vision, mission and values.Financial responsibility. We work on the basis fiscal honesty and transparency that promotes cost competitiveness and financialresponsibility.Objectivity. Our activity is independent from the influence of political, economic and other factors.2.5. Activity Priorities and Goals1. Freedom of speech and access to information.Goals:- Fighting against censorship.- Promoting access to public information.- Monitoring compliance with standards of journalism.- Implementation of public television and deregulation of media.- Ensuring transparency of media ownership.2. Forming demand for high quality politics.Goals:- Determining by citizens priorities for the development of the state.- Conducting public and expert discussion in policy-making.- Increased civil society activity (education, mobilization, communication between communities).3. Increasing accountability and transparency of the government.Goals:- Advocating reforms.- Public control over the government (informing the public about compliance and existing mechanisms to ensure transparency andaccountability of the government).- Optimizing governance. 5
  • 7. III. Team of the United Actions Center 3.1. Organizational Structure General Assembly Board Coordinating Council (Head of the Organization, Executive Director, Heads of Departments, Project/Platform Leaders) Head of the Organization (Oleh Rybachuk) Executive Director (Svitlana Zalishchuk) ) ГОЛОВНИЙ БУХГАЛТЕР (Савіна Марина European ProgramChief Accountant Financial Manager Development Creative Director Access to Public CHESNO Project Leader VLADOMETR Project Leader Director Information (Chief Editor) Leader(Maryna Savina) (Valentyna Ruda) (Aksynya Kurina) (Tetiana Peklun) (Victoria Gumenyuk) Program Leader (Andriy Sydorenko) (Taras Frolov) (Alisa Ruban) Communications Dep-t: - Chief Editor - Chief AnalystDescription: - Communications Manager (Vahtang Kipiani) (Lubov Akulenko)1. General Assembly – supreme governing body of the Organization made up of all its members (Inna Borzylo)convening at least once a year. - Communications Manager - Communications - Newmedia Manager2. Coordinating Council – collegial governing body which undertakes steering between General (Oxana Oleksiv) Manager (Valeria Moiseyeva)Assembly meetings and meets at least once every quarter. Its meetings focus on defining key (Oxana Oleksiv) - Website Editor - Editorapproaches and ways to implement General Assembly resolutions (with top priority given to Vadym Gudyma (Yaroslav Kobzar) - Assistant Analyststrategic plan). Such meetings also involve peer reporting of Platform Leaders and discussions of - Video Advocacy Producer (Tetyanapotential ways in which platforms (projects) may interact. - Editor (Hanna Grabarska) Kostyuchenko)3. Head of the Organization: ensures implementation of General Assembly resolutions by (Igor Samohin) - Regional Coordinatororganizing work of the Coordinating Council and overseeing delivery of tasks delegated to the (Andriy Zinchenko)Executive Director.4. Executive Director: carries out operational management and oversees implementation ofCoordinating Council decisions (tasks) by Platform Leaders and Heads of Departments. 65. Heads of Departments and Platform Leaders: organize work of their teams and providesteering.
  • 8. 3.2. Our team Administrative Department, Maryna Savina Freedom of Speech and Access to Information Chief Accountant Andriy Sydorenko Aksynya Kurina Development Director Creative Director Alisa Ruban Access to Public Information Program Leader Valentyna Ruda Financial Manager 7
  • 9. Inna Borzylo Communications Manager Valeria Moiseyeva Web ManagerTetyana PeklunProject Leader Andriy Zinchenko Regional Coordinator Hanna Grabarska Video Producer Vadym Gudyma Website Editor 8
  • 10. Taras Frolov Project Leader Oxana Oleksiv Communications Manager (from September)Igor Samohin Yaroslav Kobzar Editor Editor(from August) (from August) Vahtang Kipiani Chief Editor 9
  • 11. Victoria Gumenyuk Project Leader Oxana OleksivLubov Akulenko Tetyana Kostyuchenko Communications Manager Analyst Assistant Analyst (till September) 10
  • 12. VI. Results of Activities 4.1. About the Project • The Project was launched in 2010. Website vladometr.org was launched on October 1, 2010. • Facebook Page. • Project aims to overcome "short memory" of politicians and force them to fulfill their promises; promote increases accountability of Ukrainian politicians. • Vladometr finds the promises of Ukrainian politicians and examines their fulfillment. Results for 2012 • 3700 promises of Ukrainian politicians and political parties have been collected. Approximately 20% of promises were examined and assessed. • 2400 people have become fans of the official Project page on Facebook: facebook.com/vladometr • 17,318 people visited the website. • 17 video reports about promises of Ukrainian politicians produced by the Vladometr editorial team have been broadcasted on TBi Channel in July-December 2012. • 12 articles about political responsibility prepared by the Vladometr editorial team have been published in Ukrainian media. • 10 public presentations of the Project for journalists and students have been organized in Kyiv from July to December. • 2 web conferences with Ukrainian politicians – Mayor of Sumy Gennady Minaev and Mayor of Lviv Mayor Andriy Garden – have been organized in 2012. Donors and Budget In 2012, the Project was funded by three Donors: International Renaissance Foundation, National Endowment for Democracy and Internews Network. Total costs for the year amounted to $ 49906.75. 11
  • 13. Information Products Date Name Location30/07/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 1. Поточні обіцянки Литвина Владометр / TVi / Youtube06/08/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 2. Про творчі запозичення політиків та порушену обіцянку Владометр / TVi / Youtube12/08/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 3. Про компроміс від президента Владометр / TVi / Youtube20/08/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 4. Економічні програми КПУ та Свободи Владометр / TVi / Youtube27/08/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 5. Читаючи програму "Україна-вперед" Владометр / TVi / Youtube31/08/2012 Тарас Фролов. Про схожі обіцянки несхожих партій Українська правда04/09/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 6. Про обіцянки до 1 вересня Владометр / TVi / Youtube10/09/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 7. Про соціальні обіцянки Владометр / TVi / Youtube16/09/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 8. Про виконані обіцянки чиновників Владометр / TVi / Youtube26/09/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 9. Передвиборчі обіцянки судової гілки влади Владометр / TVi / Youtube08/10/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 10. Обіцянки в галузі культури містяться в кінці передвиборчих програм Владометр / TVi / Youtube22/10/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 11. Громадські ініціативи, які слідкуватимуть за порушеннями під час виборів Владометр / TVi / Youtube22/10/2012 Ярослав Кобзар. 18 обіцянок для молоді Українська правда08/11/2012 Тарас Фролов. Списування по-депутатськи Владометр/ Facebook08/11/2012 Ігор Самохін. Жіноче питання у передвиборчих програмах Портал Погляд, Тернопіль12/11/2012 Відеоблог.Випуск 12. Про особистий внесок Азарова у вибори Владометр / TVi / Youtube13/11/2012 Ігор Самохін. Освітні перспективи в передвиборчих обіцянках Інтернет-видання “Лівий берег”17/11/2012 Ярослав Кобзар. Межа можливостей Олександра Попова Інтернет-видання “Лівий берег”19/11/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 13.Дослідження обіцянок українських можновладців про дотримання свободи слова Владометр / TVi / Youtube05/12/2012 Ярослав Кобзар. Кабмін пішов – обіцянки залишились Інтернет-видання “Лівий берег”06/12/2012 Ігор Самохін. Кінець прекрасної казки про стабільну гривню Блог Владометра, “Корреспондент”10/12/2012 Відеоблог. Випуск 14. Азаров дав українському народу 273 обіцянки Владометр / TVi / Youtube30/12/2012 Відеочат з мером Львова Андрієм Садовим – спільний проект Zaxid.net і Владометр Youtube 12
  • 14. 4.2. Freedom of Speech and Access to Information About the Project The Project was launched in 2010. Goal: adoption and full implementation of the Law of Ukraine "On access to Public Information," facilitation of freedom of speech. Projects information resources: http://stopcensorship.wordpress.com/ http://uacentre.org.ua/ http://newcitizen.org.ua/ facebook Results The Campaign was implemented by “New Citizen” Partnership and coordinated by the NGO Centre UA. Adoption of the Law of Ukraine "On Access to Public Information". This was preceded by:  Public appeals to the Parliament members and the President of Ukraine urging to pass the law. 600 signatures in support of the law have been collected (450 journalists, 150 CSO representatives).  Appeal to the EU Head Van Rompuy urging to raise the issue of adopting the law "On Access to Public Information" with Viktor Yanukovych at the Ukraine-EU Summit.  Conduction direct action street protests.  Pressure during the Parliament sessions.  Participation of CSO representatives in various public committees and interaction with the Parliament members (Andriy Shevchenko, Igor Miroshnichenko, Olena Bondarenko and others). 13
  • 15. Ensuring the implementation of the Law of Ukraine "On Access to Public Information": Promoting the development by civic experts of the draft laws and regulations in order to bring the Ukrainian legislation in compliance with the Law "On Access to Public Information." Documents were developed by experts from UCIPR. Implementation of the large-scale information campaign to promote the Law. The campaign included: development and dissemination of brochures for public officials and citizens; Production and dissemination of informational video clips; Distrubution of leaflets; Development of the “ABC Q&A Book” for social media; Publishing expert articles. Additionally, in celebration of the International Day of the Right to Know (September 28, 2012) street presentation of the Photo Project "Open Access" was organized with the participation of Ukrainian journalists. Conducting presentations, trainings and consultations for community activists, government officials and journalists. The total number of events was almost 100. Developing guidelines on the practical implementation of the Law of Ukraine "On Access to Public Information" and answers to most important questions (UCIPR). Preparation of monthly bulletins on access to information (ІМІ). Conducting investigations on application of the Law together with journalists: - Columbus from the Ministry of Environment or Disposal of Zlochevskyолумби - Public vodka secret Informing the public on the state of the Law implementation: - May 8, 2012 – press-conference "Year of the Law on Access in Action: 10 things, which the society did not find out" - September 28, 2012 – press-conference “Access to Information: has the government become more open?” Monitoring the implementation of the Law: Monthly national monitoring of the openness of government authorities “Transparent bureaucracy” (CPSA); Monitoring of the Law implementation on the ground (UCIPR together with NGO “Democratic Alliance”); Collecting declarations of income from all governors, their first deputies and mayors of regional centers, as well as general plans of cities and budget. 14
  • 16. Detailed presentations about the Campaign on the adoption and implementation of the Law "On Access to Public Information": Presentation 1 Presentation 2 Counteracting censorship and promoting freedom of speech: Journalistic movement "Stop Censorship" was established in collaboration with the most influential Ukrainian journalists, which became a leading journalist association in Ukraine dedicated to supporting freedom of speech. January - September2011 - Ukrainian tour of the photo project “Under Pressure” to draw attention of the general public to the problems of censorship and restrictions of freedom of speech in Ukraine. March - June 2011 – Competition "Stop Censorship" to initiate a broad public debate around issues of opp
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