Civil Society against Corruption in Ukraine: Political Roles, Advocacy Strategies, and Impact

Summary

Corruption in Ukraine has been a major contributing factor to the existence of power asymmetries that
are an important cause of poverty, inequality, and political exclusion. Since the 2014 Euromaydan
Revolution, the conditions for effective anti-corruption efforts have much improved. The fight against
corruption attracts substantial interest from donors, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
Netherlands, who support the anti-corruption advocacy of Ukrainian civil society.

This project scrutinizes core assumptions of the Theory of Change of the Dialogue & Dissent program
related to the political role of CSOs (first research focus), with a view to providing input for the design of
the next civil society policy framework of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our central research question is:
What explains the success and failure of anti-corruption activism in Ukraine? In order to answer this
question, the research will focus on three factors that are central to the Theory of Change of the
Dialogue & Dissent program: the type(s) of political role that CSOs perform; the advocacy strategies that
they choose; and their organisational form. The project will produce a literature review, two working
papers, two policy briefs, and a book.

Details

Project number

W 08.311.101

Main applicant

Dr. M. Bader

Affiliated with

Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden University Institute for History

Team members

Dr. M. Bader, K. Khambekova, A. Los, M. Lysenko, D. Marchevska, Dr. A. Meleshevych, K. Mossinger, Dr. O. Nesterenko

Duration

15/12/2017 to 31/05/2019