Public Accountability Seminar

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The Regional Office "Dialogue Eastern Europe" of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Labor Initiative invite progressive young leaders between 21 and 35 years to apply for the Public Accountability Seminar, which will take place from 10 June to 15 June 2018 in Ukraine.

The seminar in Kyiv and Kharkiv brings together progressive activists, academics, journalists, local politicians and emerging experts from Eastern Europe, Germany and the United States who are interested in advancing public accountability, transparency, and integrity within their local communities.   

The seminar aims to:

  • foster an understanding of the challenges, improvements, and setbacks for public accountability and good governance based on the example of Ukraine since 2014;
  • allow participants to deepen their understanding of accountability and transparency through practical small group work on local case studies in Kharkiv;
  • enable an exchange of the participant’s activities and best-practices.

In order to facilitate the three goals, the program is split into two parts: a session in Kyiv, and a session in Kharkiv. The first part is dedicated to providing background context and an overview of abuses of power in Ukraine prior to 2014 and the legislative changes as well as new institutions that were implemented since then in the fight for public accountability, and against conflicts of interest, nepotism, and abuses of authority. During this part, the participants will meet with representatives from civil society, media, government, parliament and partners from international institutions, who had and continue to have an impact on improving accountability and transparency in Ukraine.

The second part of the program allows the participants to visit Kharkiv, home of one of Ukraine’s most active civil societies. There, the focus will be on deep case-study work in small groups with the support of a local partner and trainers. During the second part of the seminar, participants will create case studies on local abuses of power in Kharkiv by using publicly available data and conducting interviews with local stakeholders.

Throughout the program, participants will provide insights into their own work, expertise, and local best-practices from their home-countries.

Candidates’ requirements

  • Citizenship of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, the Russian Federation, or Ukraine.
  • Between 21 and 35 years of age.
  • Command of English language. Knowledge of Russian is highly welcomed.
  • Young leaders in a progressive political party or youth organizations; young members of parliament, junior government officials, journalists, experts or civil society activists with first (work) experience in the field of public accountability and good governance.

Process of application

  • Please, fill in the application form by 18 May 2018 (15:00 Kyiv time). All applications afterwards won’t be accepted.
  • Short listed candidates will be invited to a Skype interview between 19 – 21 May 2018.
  • Please note that the organizers aim to ensure a gender balance of participants in the program.
  • The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung covers all relevant cost.
  • More details on the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung activities and on the seminar available on

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