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Training in Dnipropetrovsk region for activists of the All-Ukrainian Union of Civic Organizations of Invalids in Ukraine

The Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute (PLAI), supported by the International Republican Institute of United States, held a training on 1-5 October 2010 at the Novomorskyi Sanatorium (Orlovshchyna village, Dnipropetrovsk region). It was held for leaders and activists of the All-Ukrainian Union of Civic Organizations of Invalids in Ukraine and was attended by some 70 people from all regions of Ukraine.

PLAI was represented by its Board Member, law candidate Volodymyr Nesterovych  who lectured on theoretical issues and moderated workshops.

Basic goals were to familiarize training participants with the practice of lobbying institution and the ability to separate it out from other forms of citizen influence of society and the ratification of normative – legal acts and to develop lobbying methods to develop algorithms of lobbying activity by working on specific practical assignments.

Five topics were offered each day with a theoretical part in the morning and practical exercises in the afternoon:

  • Introduction to Lobbying;
  • Lobbying Instruments for Civic Organizations;
  • Foreign Experience of Lobbying;
  • Lobbying in Ukraine: issues and potentials;
  • Summary and Conclusions.

The training included 12 lectures and 8 practical exercises, utilizing three training methods:  Marketplace of Ideas; Role play:  Parliamentary debates the American way; Lobbying.  Finally, there were 10 summary  discussions addressing the general issue, specific topics of the day and exercises.

At the end of the training there was an evaluation done to improve presentation methods of the lobbying issue in the future.  The majority of  participants expressed an interest in participating in a second – more advanced—training on lobbying.

Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute expects that the participants of the training will follow-up by:

  1. rethinking the role of lobbying among civic organizations and sharing gained knowledge;
  2. more actively using lobbying techniques in protecting the interests of their civic organizations when dealing with government institutions and local self-governing bodies;
  3. heightening the role of civic organizations during the creation of norms of activities in government institutions and local self-governing bodies;
  4. furthering the idea of  pushing the passage of  a law regulating lobbying in Ukraine;
  5. joining in developing corporate moral-ethical standards of lobbying.