On May 16-17, 2017, an “information fair” was held at the premises of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; during the event, resources and opportunities for cooperation with civil society organizations and international donor projects were presented to the MPs, their aides, the VRU Secretariat, and mass media representatives. A total of more than 50 projects and donor organizations cooperating with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine took part in the presentation.
"There is so much going on that it can be hard to keep track. That is why this fair is such a great opportunity. It is a one-stop shop that can help you do your job. The people you talk to today, and the projects you learn about, will probably tell you something new," said Ambassador Yovanovitsch as she greeted the participants and quests of the fair.
The USAID RADA Program sees one of its objectives in building an effective dialogue and interaction between the Parliament and the civil society, so as to make the Parliament’s activities more transparent and accountable and to help implement the parliamentary reform. The Program’s products and achievements in this sphere include support for the only official Parliamentary Internship Program for Youth and support for the operation of the Information and Research Center at the VRU that prepares analytical materials on formation of state policy and legislation. Electronic resources created within the framework of the Program in cooperation with relevant VRU divisions, in particular the Platform of e-Petitions to the Verkhovna Rada, the platform “Portal for Public Discussions of Draft Laws” that enables ordinary citizens and experts to participate in commenting on draft laws being debated in the VRU Committees, and the e-Register of NGOs that comprises information on organizations with which the Committees can cooperate, are important instruments for interaction with civil society.
The USAID RADA Program aims at providing assistance to Ukrainian MPs in forging a relationship with their electorate and in improving their representative functions. Its further objective consists in consolidating and expanding a public awareness campaign, getting citizens involved in the legislative process, monitoring the Parliament’s activities, and cooperating with the MPs, so as to increase the accountability of their work. The USAID RADA Program is implemented by the East Europe Foundation in partnership with a consortium of well-known Ukrainian NGOs, in particular Internews Ukraine, Civil Network OPORA, Agency for Legislative Initiatives, and the League of Interns.