Recently, there was one of the most important events in the heart of cooperation between the state and civil society, they have started combining their efforts. Upon visiting the regional roundtable discussion, held on October 5 in Ternopil, it was concluded that, “Mechanisms for institutional support to CSOs in Ukraine will be established.” This organized event was under the “Support implementation of the National Strategy for civil society development in Ukraine” proposed by the President of Ukraine. And representing Society Initiatives Institute was Valentine Gutsal.

An important aspect of this event was the actualization of dialogue at the highest level between civil society organizations and government officials. In particular, the event was attended by Oleksandr Yarema, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Olga Ozorna, Department of civil society, office OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Love Palyvoda, president of CCC, OSCE expert, Tatiana Potopalsky, chairman of direct and indirect taxation , OSCE expert, Alexander Vinnikov, legal Advisor and a network of European law.

Public organizations were presented and asked to consider a number of proposals to support the institutional development of civil society and focus attention on the need to create a Ukrainian National Endowment for CSO development. It is in this sphere that participants worked. They were divided into four working groups; developing and improving four key positions, goals and objectives of their work, form a legal consolidation of its organization and funding and efficient management of the fund.

The vast majority of public organizations and experts supported the state to take responsibility for the practical implementation of the National Strategy for Development of Civil Society and financially support the sustainability of NGOs. However, an important focus of the NGO representatives had emphasized the need for a transparent process of forming the National Endowment for CSO development and cooperation of the state and public organizations for the effective functioning of society.

So while the idea of a National Endowment for CSOs held further discussions in regions, they all agreed on one opinion: “We must care about everyone, and allow active citizens and leaders of NGOs to conduct open and honest dialogues with the state”

Valentin Gutsal volunteer SII