In September 2013, 12 pedagogical colleges throughout Ukraine will launch a media literacy course for secondary school teachers-in-training, thanks to a new media literacy curriculum developed through support from the U-Media project.
Media literacy courses teach young people how to consume media wisely, giving them the tools they need to recognize accurate, fair, and balanced media, and to reject biased, inaccurate and harmful media. The Academy of Ukrainian Press, with U-Media support, launched a pilot media literacy program in 2011 to give college and secondary teachers the skills they need to instruct their students in media literacy.
The Institute of World Policy (IWP), a local partner of Internews in Ukraine, organized the Global Virtual Forum of Women Leaders, a series of videoconferences featuring prominent women in government, media, and international affairs.
Ukrainian Media Project is a five-year program implemented by Internews to support and develop the Ukrainian media sector through activities that protect freedom of speech, improve the media enabling environment, create opportunities for new and innovative approaches by Ukrainian media outlets, and strengthen the capacity of media CSO leaders to effectively represent their constituencies.
Through an open mapping system where anyone can post legitimate or illegitimate land acquisitions and construction in-progress, Deriban.net increases citizen participation in holding local government accountable.
USAID institutional capacity building ensures that an objective voice is heard in Ukraine’s media sector
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Crowdsourcing Land Rights and Usage in Ukraine
Deriban.net gives individuals a voice
Transparency is hard to come by in the bureaucratic process of land rights in Ukraine.Deriban.net, an online, crowdsourced web site, was launched to give individuals, journalists, and legal advocates a way to track and report violations of land rights and usage. Watch Crowdsourcing Land Rights in Ukraine to understand the problem and the project.
The Ukrainian Constitution guarantees its citizens a free plot of land once in their life, but most Ukrainians do not receive the land to which they are entitled. Many believe this is a result of corruption and poor governance.
Crowdsourcing Land Rights in Ukraine uncovers the story of Natasha Kobeleva of Alushta City in Ukraine, who fought the government for years over a plot of land. Kobeleva ultimately took her own life after years of dispute with the government, and the community still feels they have few ways to understand, enforce, or advocate for their rights.
Through an open mapping system where anyone can post legitimate or illegitimate land acquisitions and construction in-progress, Deriban.net increases citizen participation in holding local government accountable. The platform will also provide users with access to legal expertise and instructions on how to submit complaints on illegal land usage or violations of rights to the proper authorities.
“We want to make this information accessible to everyone, so there are no secrets, everything is open and transparent,” says Pavel Belousov, Executive Director of Novus, the Ukrainian NGO that developed Deriban.net. “When this information becomes accessible and open for everyone, journalists and law enforcement agencies will be able to use it in their work.”
Deriban.net was first developed as a project at the 2011 Internews Social Innovation Lab in Sarajevo, supported by the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning. The lab organized groups of technologists, journalists, and leaders from civil society to tackle community problems through innovation and technology. Internews’ U-Media program in Ukraine, funded by USAID, has provided technical support and seed funding for Deriban.net.