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

Duration

01/12/2017 to 31/05/2019