Current projects

Communication Campaign “Reinvent Respect” on Promotion of Tolerance and Mutual Understanding in the Society

The International Center for Policy Studies (ICPS) together with the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine initiates a communication campaign “Reinvent Respect” on promotion of tolerance and mutual understanding in the society.


The aim of the project is to reduce the polarization and strengthen dialogue among various social groups.

Within the framework of the project it is planned to establish the UNDP Tolerance Envoys concept in Ukraine to promote the values of tolerance and mutual understanding. Multi-level communication in the society regarding this issue should belong to moral leaders, opinion-makers and those Ukrainians, who have gained recognition in various fields.

The project activities cover the conduction of a series of events: public lectures for socially active groups in different regions of Ukraine on promotion and establishment of principles of mutual respect, practices of tolerance and acceptance of different opinions in the Ukrainian society.

The following known Ukrainians have joined the initiative:

Liubko Deresh – writer;

 Natalia Sumska – acrtress;

Katya Chilly – singer;

Andriy Kulykov – journalist, media expert;

Larysa Denysenko – human rights defender, writer;

Alevtina Kakhidze – artist, performer;

Mykhailo Minakov – philosopher;

Yevgen Zakharov – human rights activist;

Gulnara Abdulayeva – historian, TV presenter;

Slava Varda – master of sports, TV presenter;

Mariana Savka – writer;

Pavlo Vyshebaba – musician, co-founder of the eco- and environment protection organization “One Planet”


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Inside Ukraine

The aim of the publication is to provide objective information on current political events in Ukraine and thorough analysis of major tendencies in domestic politics. Such analysis will assist in setting priorities in the process of implementing reforms in Ukraine and in evaluating quality of state decisions from the viewpoint of their impact and sustainability. Special attention is paid to evaluation of political competition in Ukraine and ability of key political players to address challenges.


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Transparent, financially sound and competitive municipalities in Ukraine (September 2015 - March 2018)


Transparency, fiscal sustainability and shaping of regional competitive advantages are the very basic fundamentals for effective performance of municipalities in the long term horizon. The project will propose solutions and tools:

  •   To increase the level of transparency in municipalities.
  •   To keep indebtedness of municipalities at manageable levels,
  •   To assess the overall competitiveness of districts and regions in Ukraine



Project is financed by the SlovakAid – Official Development Assistance of the Slovak Republic and Embassy of the United States, Kyiv, Ukraine.


October 15, 2015 – March 15, 2018


The main objective of the project is to support regional development in Ukraine through know-how transfer of successful projects implemented in Slovakia. By implementing the project, we would like to strengthen financial decentralization competences of municipalities, to strengthen their capacities at improving living condition of their citizens, to increase citizens’ awareness of self-government significance, financial sustainability and transparency.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. To intensify fight against corruption at local level by formulating the Anti-corruption measures reflecting anti-corruption priorities of Ukrainian self-government bodies and the best anti-corruption practices from Slovakia (e.g. publishing of public contracts on the Internet, public presence at meetings of self-government bodies, public recording of these meetings, etc.).
  2. To intensify public demand for efficient public spending of municipalities. An online portal on financial management of Ukrainian municipalities will be created; portal will dramatically improve information about municipalities’ fiscal management and will enable comparison of key debt and financial sustainability parameters. In this part of the project we plan to utilize unique know-how from a similar project, which has been successfully implemented in the Slovak Republic and led to a dramatic decline in debt of municipalities within last two years.
  3. To increase competitiveness of Ukrainian regions by creating an interactive competitiveness model and comprehensive analysis of competitive advantages and disadvantages of Ukrainian regions (districts). The analysis will examine the level and quality of economic activity, infrastructure, human resources and public administration in regions, will identify barriers for economic development and will propose competitiveness strategies for regions of the Ukraine. Know-how will be derived from a similar and successful project implemented in Slovakia.


Seminar – Financial health of budgets in the regions and region centers of Ukraine
Venue: Ukrinform (8/16 Bohdana Khmelnytskogo Street)
Date: Nobember 9, 2017


9.00 – 9.15 – registration of the participants
9.15 – 9.25 – welcome remarks by the ICPS representatives
9.25 – 9.50 – presentation of the major components of the project “Financial health of budgets in the regions and region centers of Ukraine” and an online platform, introduction to the methodology (Egor Kiyan, ICPS)
9.50 – 10.20 – Slovak experience (Peter Golyash, INEKO, Michal Pishko, Transparency International Slovakia) 10.20 – 10.45 – position of public authorities and society on topical issues of Financial health of the Ukrainian regions; discussion 10.45 – 11.00 – closing remarks, coffee break

Seminar – “Transparency of Regions of Ukraine: Presentation of Ranking”
Venue: Ukrinform (8/16 Bohdana Khmelnytskogo Street)
Date: June 26, 2017

09:45-10:00 – registration
10:00-10:10 – welcome speeches of the ICPS and INEKO representatives
10:10-10:20 – presentation of the main components of the project “Transparent, Financially Healthy and Competitive Self-governments in Ukraine” (Angela Bochi, ICPS)
10:20-10:30 – presentation of the ranking “Transparency of Regions of Ukraine”, review of methodology (Svitlana Radchenko, ICPS)
10:30-11:00 – Slovak experience (Peter Golias, INEKO; Michal Piško, Transparency International Slovakia)
11:00-11:15 – the position of state authorities and the public on current issues of transparency of Ukraine’s regions, discussion
11:15 – stand-up buffet

Conference – “Transparent, financially healthy and competitive local governments in Ukraine: presentation of online platforms”
Venue: InterContinental Kyiv (2A Velyka Zhytomyrska Street)
Date: March 3, 2017

09:45-10:00 – registration, welcome coffee
10:00-12:00 – conference
Moderator: Victor Mashtabey – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ICPS, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine
Victor Mashtabey – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ICPS, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine
Peter Golias – Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Reforms (INEKO, Slovak Republic)
Oksana Prodan – PD of Ukraine, Chairman of the All-Ukrainian association of small and medium businesses “Fortetsya”
Andriy Strannikov – Chairman of the Standing Committee of Kyiv City Council on budget issues and the socio-economic development

Platform 1. Transparency of 50 largest cities in Ukraine

Veronika Kharuk – legal expert of the ICPS
Presentation of the online platform “Transparency of 50 largest cities in Ukraine”, introduction to research methodology
Michal Piško – Project Coordinator of Transparency International Slovakia
Transparency rating in Slovakia
Yanika Merylo – Advisor to the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of Ukraine
Pavlo Kozyrev – Mayor of Ukrainka city

Platform 2. Competitive capability of regions and regional assessment of business climate in Ukraine

Moderator: Vasyl Filipchuk – Chairman of the ICPS
Vasyl Povoroznyk – Senior economist of the ICPS
Presentation of the online platform «Competitive capability of regions and regional assessment of business climate in Ukraine», introduction to research methodology Olexandr Danchenko – PD of Ukraine, Chairman of the Committee of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Information and Communication
Robert Kičina – Business Alliance of Slovakia
Competitiveness rating of local governments
Sergii Tsivkach – Chairman of the Board of Development Competition Fund

Platform 3. Transparency of local budgets

Moderator: Vasyl Filipchuk – Chairman of the ICPS
Angela Bochi – Director of the Economic Department of ICPS
Presentation of the online platform «Transparency of local budgets and their regional centers», introduction to research methodology
Peter Golias – Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Reforms (INEKO, Slovak Republic)
Best Slovak practices on assessing financial health rating
Hasan Qaqaya – former Head of Competition and Consumer Policies Branch of the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
13:00 – stand-up buffet

Press conference 
Date: December 19, 2016
Presenting update of the portal on budget transparency of regions and their capital cities in Ukraine

Online platform “Local budgets transparency”
Venue: 8/16 B. Khmelnytskoho str., Kyiv, the “Ukrinform” office
Date: June 30, 2016

09:45-10:00 Registration 
10:00-10:10 Welcoming speeches of ICPS and INEKO representatives 
10:10-10:25 Presentation of the online-platform, review of the methodology (Angela Bochi, ICPS) 
10:25-10:40 Slovak experience of applying the financial health rating of local budgets for the economic policy development (report by Peter Goliash, INEKO) 
10:40-10:55 Best experience in increasing transparency and fight against corruption on local governments in Slovakia (Michal Pisko, Transperancy International, Slovakia) 
10:55-11:30 Discussion and closing remarks

Kick Off Seminar in Kyiv
Venue: ІА “Ukrinform”, 8/16 Bohdan Khmelnytsky Str., Kyiv
Date: November 12th, 2015

09:45 – 10:00 Registration of participants
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome speech of an ICPS representative 
10:10 – 10:30 Local Watchdogs in Ensuring Control over Public Finances in Ukraine (ICPS)
10:30 – 10:50 Transparent, financially healthy and competitive municipalities in Ukraine, (Peter Golias, INEKO)
10:50 – 11:10 Competitiveness model of Slovak municipalities: experiences for Ukraine, (Robert Kicina, Business Alliance of Slovakia)
11:10 – 11:30 Discussion and concluding remarks
11:30 – 12:00 Informal discussion at coffee break


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