The most active Kyiv NGOs and representatives of Kyiv public authorities participated in the Academy of civil participation in the framework of the implementation of the project “Promoting civil participation in democratic decision-making in Ukraine”. The Academy is a unique laboratory that offers interactive training courses, sets in motion new connections between authorities and NGOs and generates good practices to see democracy in action.
The Academy trained the participants in mechanisms to engage in a policy dialogue and provided opportunities to learn from international good practices on involving citizens in decision-making and on public consultation. NGOs and public authorities worked jointly on the development of action plans in specific policy areas: launching of a campaign to encourage supermarkets to offer and promote the use of plastic-free shopping bags; improving the municipal system of service provision to children and young people with disabilities; enhancing city rules for pets; developing the Kyiv communication strategy as a foundation for dialogue and partnership between Kyiv authorities and citizens in the decision-making process.
Through the Academy of Civil Participation, the Council of Europe offers support to stakeholders at all levels in Ukraine to implement the Guidelines for civil participation in political decision-making, to create opportunities for civil participation, to build mutual trust and cooperation between them.