Case study

Project work of the British Embassy in Ukraine

The British Embassy in Ukraine works proactively with international and local partners to implement a range of projects funded from the Bilateral Programme Budget of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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We use our Bilateral Programme Budget to support the work we’re doing to deliver our policy goals of furthering democracy, supporting reforms in public institutions and strengthening the rule of law in Ukraine.

Current projects in Ukraine

Bilateral Programme Budget

This Programme devolves funds from the FCO in London to Heads of Mission to be used in support to mission objectives. The Programme gives the Embassy the capacity to respond to opportunities to support activities directly connected with the UK’s international priorities.

We use our Bilateral Programme Budget (BPB) to support the work we’re doing to deliver our policy goals of furthering democracy, supporting reforms in public institutions and strengthening the rule of law in Ukraine.

In 2012-2013 the Embassy supports implementation of the following BPB projects:

European Social Survey (ESS): Participation of Ukraine

Duration: January-March 2013

Funding: £5,000

Purpose: Participation in the ESS allows Ukraine to be compared with 30+ other European countries on a range of measures of attitudes, opinions, and civil participation. The survey is repeated every two years so this contributes to monitoring of change in democracy etc

Beneficiary: media, press, academic institutions, civil society

Implementing Organisation: “Intellectual Perspective” Foundation

Scoping Study on raising awareness on the implementation of the Association Agreement including DCFTA and its impact on Ukraine

Duration: October 2012 - January 2013

Funding: £ 20,820

Purpose: To provide the UK and other Member States plus the EU delegation with a blueprint for a possible communications campaign on Association Agreement including DCFTA to explain the benefits of closer integration with the European Union

Outputs: report including messages, key audiences, correct messengers, channels for changing the nature of the debate about the Association Agreement including DCFTA in Ukraine and action plan of possible activities to be funded; awareness of all Member states and EU Delegation in Kyiv and in Brussels of the rationale for such a campaign

Beneficiary: British Embassy, EU Delegation, EU MSs, Ukrainian authorities, Ukrainian business, civil society, general public

Implementing Organisation: Key Communications, Ltd

Duration: July - December 2012

Funding: £ 15,080

Purpose: Raised awareness of the representatives of local governments, local NGOs dealing with socio-economic issues, journalists in Eastern Ukraine of basics of the tight gas exploration and extraction, including environmental aspects, and the overall socio-economic benefits of the direct investment in the energy sector

Outputs: local authorities and civil society (from Donetsk and Kharkiv regions) enhance their knowledge and understanding of the hydraulic fracturing processes in tight gas extraction and related environmental challenges and socio-economic benefits; knowledge bank of information related to basic technological, environmental, social and economic issues of tight gas exploration and extraction is created and disseminated; database of Ukrainian and UK academics in the area of tight gas extraction created

Implementing Organisation(s): British Council/SHELL

Beneficiary: energy officials, experts, civil society

UK contribution to OSCE/ODIHR election monitoring

Duration: July - October 2012

Funding: £135,000

Purpose: UK contribution to the OSCE/ODIHR international monitoring of October 2012 parliamentary elections by short- and long-term observers

Towards Fair Elections in Ukraine

Duration: July - November 2012

Funding: £58,210

Purpose: Ukrainian civil society better equipped and empowered to monitor the critical October 2012 parliamentary elections robustly and transparently and to do so for future elections

Outputs: CVU network trained in using techniques for monitoring and reporting on electoral shortcomings; report published on any shortcomings during 28 October elections; Exit poll methodology validated for use; exit poll gives quick & accurate picture of results of 28 October elections

Implementing Organisation: All-Ukrainian NGO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine” (CVU) and NGO Razumkov Centre

Beneficiary: Ukrainian civil society

Long-term monitoring for elections

Duration: July - November 2012

Funding: £65,000

Purpose: European Network of Election Monitoring Organisations (ENEMO) long-term monitoring mission contributes to objective assessment of transparency of October 2012 elections in Ukraine in line with international best practice and standards

Outputs: well-evidenced and presented reports presented to ODIHR and project funders; raised awareness of pros and cons of conduct of electoral campaign in the Ukrainian media and Ukrainian voters

Implementing Organisation: NDI

Beneficiary: Ukrainian civil society

Monitoring of political parties’ access to media during 2012 parliamentary election in Ukraine

Duration: September - November 2012

Funding: £10,000

Purpose: Promote equal access to major media by political parties during the 2012 parliamentary election

Outputs: Increased understanding of political parties’ media activities and public campaign strategies; increased equality of access by political parties to major media; increased debate about the degree/level of equal access to the leading media for all political parties

Implementing Organisation(s): International Charity Foundation Academy of Ukrainian Press

Beneficiary: Leading Ukrainian news agencies and professional and high quality Ukrainian media

Professional Election Commission - the key to fair elections

Duration: July 2012 - February 2013

Funding: £134,125

Purpose: Promotion of fair elections in Ukraine by conducting education, training and remote legal consultancy support to members of precinct election commissions, improving training and legislation that regulates their operation

Outputs: members of the Precinct Election Commissions (PECs) become more professional to fulfill their obligations, thus promoting fair elections in Ukraine (50 trainers for PECs from all regions of Ukraine prepared; 85 training sessions for PECs held and at least 8500 members of PECs from more than 3500 PECs trained); system of training and consulting support of members of Precinct Election Commissions in place, to be used both at other election processes at Ukraine and at other post-soviet countries (10 000 manuals developed and issued, CD with the forms for all required documents for Precinct Election Commission and ready-made versions of this documents attached, E-version of this manual available at the Internet)

Implementing Organisation: Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)

Toward Open Government Partnership in Eastern Partnership Countries (Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova) and Russia

Duration: July 2012 - March 2013

Funding: £105,300

Purpose: Empowering CSO’s in Eastern Partnership countries and Russia to hold governments transparent and accountable via global Open Government Partnership Initiative

Outputs: each member state has introduced an efficient system of coordination at national and regional levels of the OGP Initiative, which provides for mechanism of engaging CSOs; best practices of implementing separate components of the OGP Initiative in member states have been selected, systematized and are applied both at national and regional levels; CSOs from member states of the project have skills and methods for performing efficient civic monitoring of the OGP Initiative

Implementing Organisation(s): TORO Creative Union (Ukraine), Transparency International (UK, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia), Centre for Anti-Corruption Research and Initiative Russia

New web-site of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights

Duration: July 2012 – February 2013

Funding: £8,000

Purpose: To boost digital engagement of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights with the public in line with EU best practice

Outputs: New and modern web-site set up and running in line with best EU/UK expertise, including new interactive features and online services (legal complaints, requests for legal assistance); increased public awareness, openness and transparency of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights’ activity, raising the level of online interaction with citizens and human rights NGOs

Implementing Organisation(s): British Embassy

Beneficiary: Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights

Civilian oversight of police: international cooperation

Duration: September 2012 – March 2013

Funding: £62,900

Purpose: Strengthening the mechanisms of civilian monitoring over police through unified standards and cross-cultural activities

Outputs: Unified standards and tools for civilian control over human rights compliance in police in place in all countries; strengthened international NGOs’ network, engaged in civilian oversight of police; shared best practice for cross-cultural oversight of police

Implementing Organisation: Association of Ukrainian Human Rights monitors on Law Enforcement (Association UMDPL)

Beneficiary: Police officers, NGO activists, youth in all participating countries

Presentation of accessible London 2012 Games

Duration: May 2012

Funding: £500

Purpose: Increase public awareness of London 2012 as most accessible Games ever, promoting disability, diversity and equality

Outputs: Experience of tackling issues of disability, diversity and equality shared with representatives of Ukrainian Paralympic Committee and wider public

Implementing Organisation(s): British Council Ukraine

Beneficiary: National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine

E-crime: international partnership to tackle global threat

Duration: July 2012 - February 2013

Funding: £3,900

Purpose: To enhance Ukraine’s law enforcement response to cybercrime threats basing on the UK/EU best practice

Outputs: Enhanced communication between British and Ukrainian experts for future policy formulation; increased understanding of modern e-crime challenges & ways to manage them (risk assessment/ tackling cyber threats to London Olympics/EURO 2012).

Implementing Organisation(s): BE Kyiv

Beneficiary: law enforcement of Ukraine

Enhancing energy efficiency in Ukraine

Duration: July 2012 - February 2013

Funding: £ 15,000

Purpose: Ukraine strengthens energy efficiency legislation in line with ECOT obligations, drawing on UK and EU experience and recommendations leading to improved energy efficiency, enhanced energy security and reduced impact of climate change

Outputs: Raised awareness of stakeholders in the energy efficiency elements of the EU Third Energy Package and need for energy reform in line with Ukraine’s ECoT obligations; knowledge on how to develop and implement effective energy efficiency policies transferred to Ukrainian government officials and other stakeholders; recommendations drawn from the policy briefs strengthen Ukraine’s energy efficiency legislation and ability to enact ECOT compliant legislation

Implementing Organisation(s): to be tendered

Beneficiary: energy officials, experts, civil society

Leveraging change through the UN UPR

Duration: July 2012 – March 2013

Funding: £107,460

Purpose: Using the potential of UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for Ukraine, Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to uphold human rights agendas, and advocate lasting change through building relevant capacities of the CSO and media communities in conditions of restricted democracy

Outputs: Capacities of the human rights CSOs in Ukraine to provide coordinated and impactful inputs to the UPR and to effectively monitor implementation of its recommendations are strengthened; capacities of the media community in Ukraine to understand the importance of the UPR, and serve as change agents (through covering important human rights dimensions in their work) are enhanced; recipes for successful and effective participation in the UPR preparation as well as relevant smart practices are collected, distilled and shared with a wide circle of actors regionally

Implementing Organisation: UNDP Ukraine

Ukrainian Delegate to Global Business Summit on Energy

Duration: July – September 2012

Funding: £1,550

Purpose: Ukrainian Deputy Energy Minister attends a forum to debate key opportunities and challenges in the Energy sector, hears at first hand from industry experts and meets UK Ministers and energy companies

Outputs: Ukrainian Deputy Minister on Energy enhanced knowledge on technology-specific issues related to regulatory and market reforms, financing needs, and deployment challenges of the UK energy sector

Implementing Organisation: British Embassy

Beneficiary: Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine

Duration: July 2012 – March 2013

Funding: £5,000

Purpose: Public bodies in the UK and in Ukraine establish long-lasting links, including through potential opportunities of EU-funded tools in support to Ukraine’s EU Integration

Outputs: Awareness raised in the Ukrainian key officials about the UK expertise especially in key areas of Ukraine’s integration to the EU and the opportunities of EU funding for bringing this expertise to Ukraine; relations built between UK public bodies and their potential partners in Ukraine Implementing Organisation(s): British Embassy

Beneficiary: various government officials, ministries

Completed projects in Ukraine (2011-2012)

Bilateral Programme Budget 2011-2012

In 2011-2012 the Embassy supported implementation of the following projects:

Preparation of IT-instruments for OPORAs Parliament elections observation campaign

Duration: March 2012

Funding: GBP 1300.00

Purpose: Opora’s IT capabilities and ability to monitor October’s parliamentary elections enhanced

Beneficiary(s): civil society network

Implementing Organisation: Civil Network OPORA

Ukraine-EU FTA Implementation (Part 2)

Duration: April 2011 - March 2012

Funding: GBP 124,740

Purpose: To assist Ukraine and the EU to conclude a deep and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) which is then effectively implemented by Ukraine to ensure that all potential benefits are accrued. (Please see the materials on CTA website, and Embassy website page on DCFTA)

Beneficiary: Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

Implementing Organisation: CTA Economic & Export Analysts Ltd

Training in EU affairs for Civil Servants in Crimea (Part 2)

Duration: April 2011 - March 2012

Funding: GBP 25,000

Purpose: Increased capability of Crimean public authorities at regional and local levels to deal with European Integration matters, including better understanding and using opportunities under the EU cooperation and partnership instruments

Beneficiary(s): Crimean Council of Ministers, Ministry of Economy of the ARC

Implementing Organisation: NGO ‘Institute for assistance in regional security studies’

Duration: August 2011 – February 2012

Funding: GBP 6,000

Purpose: Public bodies in the UK and in Ukraine establish long-lasting links in support to Ukraine’s EU Integration

Beneficiary(s): UK and Ukrainian public bodies

Implementing Organisation: British Embassy

Wilton Park conference on ‘EU Gas Security of Supply Architecture’

Duration: August 2011 – March 2012

Funding: GBP 2,250

Purpose: To enable Deputy Minister for Energy and Coal Industry to attend a Wilton Park Conference on the “EU Gas Security of Supply Architecture” and meet UK partners

Beneficiary(s): Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

Implementing Organisation: British Embassy

E-crime: modern challenges

Duration: September 2011 – February 2012

Funding: GBP 3,900

Purpose: Innovative techniques/intelligence-led methodology used by UK law enforcement introduced for further use in Ukraine against e-crime

Beneficiary(s): relevant Ukrainian ministries and agencies

Implementing Organisation: British Embassy

Fighting organised immigration crime: a global approach

Duration: September 2011 – February 2012

Funding: GBP 3,900

Purpose: To support setting up of the Migration Police Unit in Ukraine and practical implementation of the updated Ukrainian legislation using UK best practice in tackling organised immigration crime

Beneficiary: relevant Ukrainian ministries and agencies

Implementing Organisation(s): British Embassy

Further support to Comprehensive Institution-Building Programme (CIB) in Ukraine – Migration

Duration: October 2011 – November 2011

Funding: GBP 3,050

Purpose: Assistance to Ukrainian officials in further development of the Institutional Reform Plans (IRPs) in the area of migration under the Eastern Partnership’s Comprehensive Institution-Building Programme (CIB) in Ukraine, with particular focus on a single database of migration management, biometrics and inter-agency co-ordination to prevent terrorism and fight illegal migration

Beneficiary: Main Department of Civil Service (CIB Coordinator), State Migration Service of Ukraine (SMSU)

Implementing Organisation(s): British Embassy (with participation of UKBA experts)

Euro 2012: Everyone welcome! (Stage 2)

Duration: November 2011 – February 2012

Funding: GBP 10,000

Purpose: Enhanced capacity of Euro 2012 communications officers to handle a high profile competition involving the fans of the European nations in the media spotlight

Beneficiary: Ministries, state agencies, local administrations, NGOs, involved in Euro 2012

Implementing Organisation(s): Media Players International (UK) and Media Reform Centre (Ukraine)

Enhancement of the Quality of Administrative Judiciary (Stage 2)

Duration: July – December 2011

Funding: GBP 13,260

Purpose: Improved quality of administrative judiciary in Ukraine by ensuring unity and integrity of administrative judicial practice in line with rule of law principle and UK / EU best practices

Beneficiary(s): Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine

Implementing Organisation(s): ‘Yurteh’ Company

Completed projects in Ukraine (2008-2010)

In 2010-2011 the Embassy supported implementation of the following projects:

Bilateral Programme Budget 2010-2011

UK Election monitoring visit for Deputy Head of the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine

Duration: April 2010

Funding: GBP 1,482

Purpose: Provide the Central Electoral Commission of with an opportunity to observe the UK Election. To share best democratic practices of UK General Election with the Ukrainian counterparts

Beneficiary(s): Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine

Implementing Organisation(s): British Embassy

New UK and Ukraine Governments Forge Agenda for the Future

Duration: November 2010 – March 2011

Funding: GBP 15,000

Purpose: Public bodies in the UK and in Ukraine establish long-lasting UK-Ukraine links

Beneficiary(s): UK and Ukrainian public bodies

Implementing Organisation(s): British Embassy

Raising Awareness of the EU/Ukraine Deep & Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA)

Duration: November 2010 – March 2011

Funding: GBP 30,000

Purpose: Assist in the EU/Ukraine DCFTA negotiations

Beneficiary(s): Ukrainian business community

Implementing Organisation: European Business Association

Support to effective development of rural tourism in Crimea

Duration: November 2010 – March 2011

Funding: GBP 10,000

Purpose: Strengthen capacity of authorities and key stakeholders in Crimea to develop and implement a new Crimean Rural Tourism Development Programme, based on best

Scottish experience in rural/green tourism

Beneficiary(s): Authorities and key stakeholders in Crimea

Implementing Organisation(s): ESEP, UNDP

Ukrainian expert visit to Wilton Park conference ‘Cyber-security: Managing the risks’

Duration: October 2010

Funding: GBP 1,350

Purpose: Forge closer links between UK/Ukrainian law enforcement officers, to share best practice, to increase mutual knowledge of cyber-security threats and ways to manage them

Beneficiary(s): Security Service of Ukraine

Implementing Organisation(s): Wilton Park, SOCA, British Embassy

Study Visit to the UK by the Ukraine National Paralympics Committee

Duration: December 2010 – January 2011

Funding: GBP 10,000

Purpose: National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine (NPC) better equipped to pursue accessibility and diversity agenda as part of Ukraine’s preparations for Euro-2012

Beneficiary(s): National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine (NPC)

Implementing Organisation(s): British Embassy

Raising Awareness of the Impact of Climate Change in Ukraine

Duration: December 2010 – March 2011

Funding: GBP 5,000

Purpose: Raise awareness of the potential impact of climate change in Ukraine amongst national and regional government officials, media and schools / universities

Beneficiary: national and regional government officials, media and schools/universities of Ukraine

Implementing Organisation(s): British Embassy

Support to Ukraine in Developing Institutional Reform Plans under EaP CIB

Duration: December 2010 – March 2011

Funding: GBP 20,000

Purpose: Contribute to Ukraine’s approximation of the public authority system to the standards of the EU and approximation of Ukrainian’s legislation with acquis communautaire through supporting development of Institutional Reform Plans in the spheres of state aid control and migration within Ukraine’s national governmental reforms programmes and in accordance with European standards and practice

Beneficiary: Main Civil Service Department of Ukraine

Implementing organisation(s): Main Civil Service Department of Ukraine (with participation of UK experts)

Round table on the Eastern Partnership’s Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB) Programme: civil society on the CIB as an instrument for reforms in Ukraine

Duration: December 2010

Funding: GBP 3,000

Purpose: Contribute to establishing a dialogue between the civil society and the Government to discuss and define the place of CIB in order to provide a successful reform process in Ukraine

Beneficiary(s): the civil society and the Government of Ukraine

Implementing organisation(s): British Embassy (with participation of UK experts)

Ukraine’s law enforcement meets UK best expertise (Security/Counter-Terrorism for EURO 2012)

Duration: December 2010 – March 2011

Funding: GBP 11,000

Purpose: UK best practice in mass events security (run up to London Olympics 2012) consulted with and recommended for further use in Ukraine to support preparations for EURO 2012

Beneficiary(s): Ukrainian law enforcement authorities

Implementing organisation(s): SOCA, British Embassy

Ukraine’s law enforcement meets UK best expertise (forensics/cybercrime)

Duration: December 2010 – March 2011

Funding: GBP 7,000

Purpose: Present innovative techniques/intelligence-led methodology used by UK law enforcement for further use in Ukraine against serious organised crime

Beneficiary(s): Ukrainian law enforcement authorities

Implementing organisation(s): SOCA, British Embassy

Counter-Corruption Best Practice Exchange

Duration: December 2010 – March 2011

Funding: GBP 3,500

Purpose: Assist Ukrainian law enforcement partners in developing counter-corruption methodology/legislation according to European standards, to share best practice

Beneficiary(s): Ukrainian law enforcement authorities

Implementing organisation(s): SOCA, British Embassy

Euro 2012 - Everyone Welcome

Duration: December 2010 – March 2011

Funding: GBP 20,000

Purpose: Officials, communications officers, NGOs and media professionals involved in Euro 2012 prepared for the challenges of hosting a diverse competition in the media spotlight

Beneficiary(s): Ukrainian officials, communications officers, NGOs and media professionals

Implementing organisation(s): Media Players Intl

Euro 2012: Inter-agency co-ordination of sporting events

Duration: November 2010-March 2011

Funding: 12,000 GBP

Purpose: to improve Ukrainian awareness of the challenges in coordinating major international sporting events in the run up to EURO 2012, to share best UK practice in mass events management and coordinated multiagency approach

Beneficiaries: relevant Ukrainian Ministries

Implementing organisation: British Embassy, Home Office

Promoting Ukraine’s Accession to Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

Duration: December 2010 – February 2011

Funding: GBP 5,000

Purpose: To advocate adoption of EITI standards by Ukraine to increase transparency in the energy sector and promote Ukraine’s accession to EITI Key stakeholders: Ministry of Fuel and Energy, NAK “Naftogas Ukrayiny”, “EnergoTransparency” Association, NGOs, business, media

Beneficiary: DIXI Group, Ukraine

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