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GURT Communique, December 2015

Already for 20 years, GURT Resource Centre is dedicated to serving active citizens and helping them to implement societal change in communities. As a communication, knowledge and resource platform, GURT creates an information and action network of above 19 000 CSO and community leaders, change-makers from all regions of Ukraine and supports them in meeting the challenges of a changing Ukraine.

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GURT Communique, December 2015

  1. 1. Successes and Highlights About GURT GURT Resource Centre is the leading national centre for societal information and expertise. Since 1995 we have been committed to better Ukraine through strengthening civil society. Contributing to democratic societal transformations by using and developing the potential of civil society organizations, GURT exists for the conscious and successful Ukraine where civil society ensures dignity, confidence, and trust among citizens at local and national levels. MISSION 2020 GURT becomes an action platform of Ukrainian civil society organizations to mobilize active citizens and to implement societal changes based on European values: dignity, responsibility and respect. STRATEGIC PRIORITIES ⦁ Strengthening the Foundation for Civil Society through volunteerism promotion and small business development ⦁ Making Civil Society Voice Sound through an action platform of Ukrainian CSOs and civil society media portal GURT ⦁ Developing Local Communities through best practice production and transfer ⦁ Re-Forming Ukraine through policy making projects implementation New Educational Standard Approved In 2015 GURT has facilitated the development and adoption of a new sanitary education standard and training course. In July 2015 Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine has approved the developed education standard sanitary. Six VET schools in Ukraine have already launched the new sanitary training. Read more about improvement of sanitary education in Ukraine. Small Entrepreneurship Development 58% of entrepreneurs from Cherkasy, Kirovograd, Kyiv, and Zhytomyr oblasts that participated in GURT’s projects have increased the profitability of their businesses. Read more about development of small entrepreneurship. Network of Local Authorities Promoting Changes Since a successful cooperation within GURT’s projects aimed on development in rural communities of Kyiv oblast 2011-2015, the village mayors in Novy Korohod community and Druzhnia community of Borodyanka rayon have gained unprecedented over 90% support by community members at the local elections in October 2015. Read more about GURT’s community development initiatives. The Largest Civil Society Facebook Community in Ukraine In 2015 GURT’s Facebook page has reached 11 000 followers and is the largest information platform for civil society and community leaders in Ukrainian segment of Facebook. Read more about civil society media portal GURT. 1 GURT Communique December 2015
  2. 2. 2 GURT Resource Centre 2015 Key Activities GURT Web-Portal: Making Civil Society Voice Sound GURT Resource Centre continues to transform GURT Portal into civil society media and communication platform for CSOs and community leaders. During July-December 2015: ⦁ The number of Web portal registered users has grown by 26% ⦁ GURT Web portal unites the largest civil society constituency in Ukraine that is 18 600 registered users ⦁ The number of GURT’s newsletter subscribers is over 23 000 ⦁ The number of GURTfollowers at Twitter has increased to 4 300 Improvement of Sanitary Education in Ukraine Within the project «Public-private partnership to improve sanitary education in Ukraine» funded by Swiss Cooperation Office Ukraine and Geberit International Sales AG, GURT contributes to improvement of the VET institutions capacity to offer market-oriented, practical and up to date education in the field of sanitary education in Ukraine. Six VET schools that are participating in the project received materials and modern sanitary equipment to organize training and resource centers to provide labor market oriented trainings in the sanitary sector. Start Your Business Training Program In 2015 GURT continues practicing community development through empowerment of entrepreneurs to become independent and successful community leaders by providing them with knowledge and financial support to develop their businesses within the projects «Development of Small Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities in Ukraine» and «Development of Women Entrepreneurship in Ukraine». During July-December 2015 GURT has conducted two «Start Your Business» trainings for 40 participants. This training program was focused on providing Support for women affected by the conflict in the east of Ukraine. «A part of my business was moved into online. So now, I start everything from scratch. I want to return previous turnover and expand business. That is why I decided to join the project. I really liked the training. Now I want to develop a sustainable business plan and apply for the start-up subsidy», – commented Inna Nelipovych an unemployed internally displaced person from Bucha, Kyiv oblast, who used to have business in Donetsk. Inna was engaged in wholesale trade of home textiles and was a sales representative of All-Ukrainian company in Donetsk. International Volunteer Day 2015 On December 5, 2015, the International Volunteer Day, GURT conducted national consultations «How CSOs can contribute to implementation of Sustainable Development Goals?». The event, initiated by The United Nations System in Ukraine, United Nations Volunteers and GURT Resource Centre, was held simultaneously in 11 cities in Ukraine: Vinnytsia, Zaporizhzhya, Kyiv, Kramatorsk, Lviv, Odesa, Poltava, Severodonetsk, Kharkiv, Chernivtsi, Chernihiv. The event aimed to raise CSO leaders’ awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals implementation, and to provide to the UN and the Government of Ukraine a public opinion upon the process of the Sustainable Development nationalization. The national consultations involved 15 regional partners and 300 participants.
  3. 3. 3 For 20 years GURT assists CSOs and CBOs in playing significant role in the process of democratic societal transformations at local level in Ukraine. In 2010 GURT in partnership with CONCORD platform has facilitate National consultations on CSO development effectivess and involved CSO leaders and representatives of donor organizations from all regions in Ukraine. The results of the consultations has been incorporated into 8 Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness, a set of mutually shared values guiding the development work of CSOs worldwide. Developing Local Communities in Ukraine Using focused and clear approaches that result in the effective cost-benefit achievements, GURT has gained a reputation of a leader in the community development area. This reputation serves as a reliable indicator for our partners and donors to involve GURT in further implementation of projects that demand high level of professionalism and commitment. Due to the results gained by GURT in developing local communities in Kyiv oblast in 2011-2015, GURT has become the member of European Community Development Network being the only organization outside EU member states. Citizen Participation Week On September 26, 2015, 11 regional centers of Ukraine joined the flesh-mob «InForm your community», initiated by the GURT Resource Centre within the Citizen Participation Week which lasted from 21 to 27 September in the Central and Eastern Europe countries. During the flesh-mob over 1500 active citizens from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernivtsi, Khmelnytskyi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernihiv, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, Poltava, Kirovograd and Severodonetsk simultaniously assembled pieces of a great picture of the symbols of their cities in order to attract the attention of the Ukrainians and to inform them how important it is to participate in their own communities development. To organize the All-Ukrainian flesh- mob «InForm your community» GURT involved 10 regional partners and more than 70 volunteers. Ukrainian School of Self-Help During October-November, 2015, GURT continued to train self-help animators and had organized 3 sessions of the Fourth School of Self-Help in Kyiv. 18 CSOs and community leaders from different regions of Ukraine have participated in the project. As a result, 8 self-help groups have been created. The target audience of the newly established groups include people willing to raise awareness of financial management; those who cannot realize their life destination; those who are searching the way to implement their internal personality resources; families who got into difficulties; moms-IDPs. NGO Connection Day 2015 The 8th NGO Connection Day: Upgrading with Windows 10, organized by Microsoft and GURT Resource Centre (Kyiv, Ukraine), took place on November 23, 2015, in Kyiv. The purpose of the event was to give Ukrainian non- governmental organizations the opportunity to establish partnerships, learn more about the services Microsoft can provide non-governmental organizations, show them successful examples of using IT in the NGO sector. The 8th NGO Connection Day brought together more than 80 executives and managers of national and regional organizations. Nadia Vasylieva, General Manager of Microsoft Ukraine, Natalia Oksha, Deputy Director of Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Pavlo Zamostian, Assistant Representative of the UN Population Fund in Ukraine, and Bohdan Maslych, GURT Executive Director, opened the event. GURT Resource Centre 2015
  4. 4. 4 GURT Resource Centre 2015 Partners and Donors Contacts 52 Popudrenka Str., office 609, Kyiv, 02660, Ukraine Phone / Fax: +38 044 296 1052 E-mail: GURT in Ukrainian: GURT in English: