available languages: english July 1, 2015


Democracy Reporting International (DRI) and Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv are organising an essay competition for Ukrainian students passionate about and dedicated to promulgating reforms. Students of undergraduate and graduate programmes from all over Ukraine are invited to submit short essays answering the following question “Does Ukraine need decentralisation?”

Decentralisation of state power and rights for local self-government are key topics on the government’s reform agenda. The reform has particular urgency in view of scheduled local elections in October and the commitments under the Minsk II agreement. The debate has gained traction with the launch of the Constitutional Commission in March 2015. Should, through decentralisation, greater powers be assigned to the regions and districts? If so, what specific powers should they be granted? What are the risks and advantages of the upcoming reform? And what are the implications for simple people?

DRI and Taras Shevchenko University are inviting essays addressing these questions and outlining concrete examples of student and youth engagement in the process of reforms.

Please see the above file for contest rules and details of award.

Deadline for submission of entries is 15 September 2015.

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