“Ukraine has severe and worsening problems with economic inequality, which in turn are fueling corruption and poor governance.” (Economist Intelligence Unit)
Technology training courses in Lugansk for NGOs and govt will increase transparency and trust as well as maximize the reach of current services. Video sharing will help individuals create a forum for sharing issues and developing collaborative solutions; connecting individuals with services
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Starobilsk – Lugansk Region
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Lugansk is economically depressed, suffering from disjointed/inconsistent delivery of social services. NGOs currently work in silos to solve issues such as women’s rights, HIV/AIDS, rights for the disabled and government corruption.
A common sentiment is distrust in government and lack of knowledge as to who can help. The community leaders in this project will act as catalysts to higher transparency, open communication and consistent services.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
How to conduct internet research
Project output for collaboration Lugansk Portal:
Post video case studies/local issues
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
-Library has 15 computers, but no capacity to offer trainings.
-National trainers – blogging/media/technology
-NGO Victoria has collaborated with over 20 regional NGOs as well as government and journalists on a variety of topics. Once they complete this program they will be able to replicate the trainings in their towns and villages to broaden and strengthen the network of the Lugansk Portal
-Llink with regional journalism school wll be est.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
40 NGO leaders
40 government workers
50 viewers of online webinars
Through the Lugansk Portal all participants will have an opportunity to post upcoming events, discuss current projects, post videos and find collaborators on future initiatives.
The site will also offer mini/refresher courses to continue increasing technical knowledge.
The site will be open to all citizens, giving them transparency and ways to get involved.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
For sustainability/future growth, media tutorials, best practices, and up-to-date news on social media will necessary. Any assistance you can provide in this area will help us update the local portal (in Ukrainian/Russian) and provide live trainings throughout the region.
Connections with other Ukrainian or Russian speaking groups with similar issues will give us an opportunity to learn from best practices and build on each other’s ideas.