EECMD Roundtable on Decentralisation in Ukraine and Lviv Oblast

Authors: Dr. Maryan Lopata & Dr. Yevhen Laniuk

The analytical note “EECMD Roundtable on Decentralisation in Ukraine and Lviv Oblast” is written by Dr. Maryan Lopata and Dr. Yevhen Laniuk, experts from the Centre of Innovation Research. It is a summary of arguments and propositions elaborated by the experts during the EECMD roundtable in Lviv on 24 November 2017. The publication dwells upon, among others, the gains and disadvantages of the decentralization process, the effects of the decentralization reform on political parties and Ukrainian political system as well as the specific features of the decentralization process in the Lviv Oblast.

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Intra-party Democracy: A Pathway to Political Renewal

Authors: Levan Tsutskiridze

This essay, written for those who are thinking about the new approaches to organizing political parties and movements, outlines some of the potential reform paths in internal party democracy. While some of the ideas presented below may find their applications elsewhere, they are primarily written with an eye on relatively young democracies or partially free countries, that have made some tangible achievements in democratization (such as for example, generally free and fair elections) but retain some of the basic features of the authoritarian systems from which they have graduated not very long time ago (weakly institutionalized, personality based political parties and dominant party systems for example).

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Integration of National Minorities in Georgia

Authors: Kristine Margvelashvili, Ana Tsiklauri, Levan Kakhishvili, Diana Bogishvili, Irina Osepashvili (2017)

This publication is a combination of four policy papers and is commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (OSCE-HCNM). The publication is based on research carried out by the professionals of relevant fields and addresses important challenges of the national minorities’ social-political integration in Georgia.

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Fighting Goliath: The Reform of Party Finance in Ukraine

Authors: Oleksii Sidorchyk

Representatives of the Ukrainian Parliament, the National Agency for Corruption Prevention (NACP), non-profit organizations and the diplomatic corps gathered to discuss the findings and recommendations of the expert paper produced by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation with support from the NIMD’s regional office in the Eastern European Neighborhood. Moderated by Tetyana Danylenko of the 5th Channel, the event provided a venue for frank and open discussion of recommendations outlined in the paper as well as policy viewpoints of participants.

NIMD will continue to provide support to an informed policy debate and will offer facilitation, expert insight, experience sharing and technical support for consensus building around key areas of democratic reforms in Ukraine.

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Ranking of Gender Equality among Political Parties of Georgia

Authors: Bakur Kvashilava, Khatia Gogilashvili (2017)

In 2014, the first Ranking of Gender Equality among Political Parties was produced by NIMD office in Eastern European Neighborhood. This is the second ranking and it covers the years of 2015-2016.

The gender equality index of political parties produces its assessment of political parties in three dimensions – electoral, institutional and programmatic. Each of these dimensions consists of a set of indicators to which pre-determined weights are assigned and the resulting aggregate can be used to create a common index of gender equality in political parties.

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Guidebook: European Union and Georgia

Authors: Mikheil Mirziashvili and Ivane Chkhikvadze

The Guidebook is prepared in partnership by Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy and European Partnership for Democracy.

The Guidebook is a summary version of the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia. It also covers history of EU-Georgia relations, key EU institutions and responds to the myths about the EU in Georgia.

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Local Self-Government. Political Party Finance. Women and Security

Authors: Nino Kakubava & Tamunia Chincharauli, Ketevan Bolkvadze, Rusudan Kervalishvili (2014)

This publication is a combination of three policy papers commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy in cooperation with the European Partnership for Democracy. The content is devoted to the issues of political party finance, local self-government and women’s participation in politics. These topics are at the centre of policy debates in Georgia.

Ketevan Bolkvadze’s paper draws the comparison of Armenian and Georgian system of political funding and provides recommendations on how they can be reformed. Nino Kakubava and Tamunia Chincharauli analyze legislative and institutional aspects of participation. Rusudan Kervalishvili’s paper is about women’s engagement in peace and security. It goes through the international obligations of Georgia and draws recommendations on how to better materialise them.

The policy papers are based on research carried out by professionals of relevant fields and address three critically important challenges of the current Georgian politics.

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