eDemocracy in Ukraine: Citizens’ & Key Stakeholders’ Perspectives was published in Kiev, Ukraine in 2016 by the eGovernance for Accountability and Participation (EGAP) Program Program (2015-2019)
Core Team: Chief Editor & Project Lead: Jordanka Tomkova, PhD, Swiss funded Advisor on eGovernance
Facilitators (in alphabetical order): Mariya Boguslav (SkillsAcademy), Natalia Garashenko (Center for Innovations Development Kyiv Mohyla Academy (CID), UDI Associate Dmytro Khutkyy (CID), Serhyi Loboyko (CID), Olena Pravylo (Congress of Cultural Activists), Andrii Semenchenko (National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine).
Various uses of information communication technologies (ICT) permeate our daily socio-political spaces and realities. If used effectively, global practice has shown that ICT can positively catalyse democratic processes such as improving government’s transparency, accountability, combatting corruption as well as in better informing and engaging citizens in decision-making. In Ukraine, the topic of electronic democracy is relatively new and recent public opinion research shows that public awareness and usage of ICT for strengthening democratic life is low. Moreover, little is known about
how key stakeholder groups and Ukrainian experts perceive key priorities and future directions of electronic democracy in Ukraine. Understanding these trends is important as they may provide useful directions for the future development of legislation, policies and programs for the better optimization of ICT in strengthening a vibrant democracy in Ukraine.
In order to better understand how the Ukrainian public and key stakeholders think about eGovernment and eDemocracy and how they envision it in the near future, in 2015 the Swiss funded eGovernance for Accountability and Participation (EGAP) program commissioned series of novel analytical works. These included: a national public opinion poll on eGovernment and eDemocracy conducted in February-March 2015 by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) as well as a deeper qualitative analysis consisting of an online survey and series of focus group discussions called the
Open Microphone Policy Dialogues on eDemocracy that targeted six stakeholder groups from academia, central and local authorities, civil society, media, youth and business.
Please find the full report HERE.