On August 2, the RPR Board and the Secretariat met with leaders of key donor organizations in order to discuss planning of the Strategy of the Reanimation Package of Reforms coalition.
At the beginning of the meeting, Taras Shevchenko, director of the Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law, stated that the meeting is held within the framework of new Strategy development for the next two years. This meeting was preceded by the Assembly of the NGOs-members of the RPR and the strategic session of coalition experts.
During the meeting, participants discussed deterioration of relations between politicians and civil society, as well as the search of new tools of their effective collaboration for the nearest two years.
In particular, participants stressed the importance of building up regional coalitions that would follow the RPR institutional model and that can be financially supported through the projects of regional coalitions development. Head of the RPR Secretariat, Artem Myrgorodskyi, told in details about the visits to 15 cities in various regions of Ukraine in order to present the RPR activity and facilitate the development of local associations.
Representatives of international technical assistance organizations underlined that NGOs-members of the RPR have made significant progress in policy-making and public discussion of their proposals. However, according to some donors, in future the RPR should closer interact with newly established subdivisions of executive bodies involved into policy-making in various fields in order to avoid substitution of state functions.
The RPR should become the focal point for protecting the interests of the civil society in times when declaration for anticorruption activists is imposed and obligatory reporting for NGOs is enforced.
According to many participants, the RPR and the whole civil society should clearly recognize the possible risk of revenge and populists coming to power. Even now, efforts need to be focused on expanding the dialogue with active civil society representatives, strengthening communication of positive changes, building trust in society and among the participants of public sector in particular.
International partners underscored that the format of the RPR´s work on coalition governance, dialogue with stakeholders, the formation of agenda is unique and worth further development. At the same time, the RPR should be ready to transform, should the political context change.