On November 29, 2018, GURT Resource Center, for the second time already, was voted The Best Capacity Building Provider by the participants of the 7th Civil Society Capacity Building Forum. This year, the Forum hosted over 2,000 representatives of Ukrainian CSOs.
GURT Resource Center successfully implemented the project «Productive communities» funded by World Jewish Relief. The project was aimed at increasing income-generation of representatives of 3 local communities from Kyiv oblast – Borodianka, Boyarka, Vasylkiv – through the development of entrepreneurial skills and providing support for their small businesses.
Up-to-date facility, equipment, manuals, and professional teachers create favorable conditions to introduce inclusive vocational education and training.
During the official trip to Odesa oblast in May 2018, Maryna Poroshenko, the First Lady of Ukraine, visited Odesa Center of Vocational Education and Training meeting with students of inclusive group where young people with hearing disabilities successfully obtain the installer of sanitary equipment occupation. Students are being trained the brand new Training and Resource Center established in the frame of Swiss-Ukrainian project “Public Private Partnership to Improve Sanitary Education in Ukraine” implemented by GURT.
On February 23rd-24th, 2018, Collaborative Learning Event within the framework of the «United Community» project was held in Kyiv aimed at promoting the unity of society in the conflict-affected regions of eastern Ukraine. The program is implemented by IREX and GURT with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Representatives from 12 selected cities are implementing their own projects that will facilitate the establishment of interaction and dialogue between representatives of different groups of the population in their communities. Within two days, the members of the «United Community» exchanged their experience and worked with the trainers on the projects that were created, received practical skills that would be useful in further implementation of the initiatives.
Owner of a home textiles store; farmer, veteran of ATO; former banker, and now pastry cook demonstrate how to start and successfully lead own business.
The GURT Resource Centre, the World Jewish Relief and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – Sida help business people in Kyiv region to start work and become successful. For several years, active Ukrainians can get advice and financial help for starting their own business. Entrepreneurs taught how to draw up a business plan, keep an accounting and legally accompany business. They also become familiar with modern marketing trends.
On November 29, 2017, the business brunch «A viable small business is the foundation of civil society in Ukraine» was held in Kyiv, organized by the GURT Resource Center. The guests of the event were representatives of donor organizations and participants of small business support programs.
The participants of the business brunch spoke about the development and stimulation of small business in Ukraine, which is the economic basis of sustainable development of communities and the foundation of civil society. During both Revolutions, the small business was the key driver of social change and the basis of the volunteer movement. The contribution of small businesses to the development of local communities is growing every year and becoming more and more visible.
Yekaterina Mityaev, project manager for entrepreneurship and employment support, as the representative of the charitable organization World Jewish Relief, which united British Jewry, said that one of the directions of their organization is helping those who can and want to work. WJR helps people earn money through employment or the development of their own businesses. This, in turn, leads to the creation of jobs, and enterprises creating jobs are the best hope and support of the economy.
From 30 November to 2 December 2017 Ukraine hosted a conference ‘Future of the National Network of Ukrainian Civil Society Organizations’ organized by the GURT Resource Center in cooperation with the Kyiv office of the Kennan Institute, the Estonian NGO Network (NENO) and the Ukrainian Catholic University, with the financial support of the Governments of Sweden and Estonia. It has united more than 80 participants from Ukraine, as well as guests from abroad. Mostly the event gathered leaders of CSOs — leaders of numerous public organizations and charitable foundations.
Meet and Code 2017, an initiative funded by SAP and implemented by TechSoup Europe Network, covered in total 15 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine. Meet and Code 2017 in Ukraine is implemented by GURT Resource Centre.
This year for the first time in Ukraine the week of coding (EU Code Week) Meet and Code was held. Twenty six organizations became participants of the Program. Through different events in various formats they showed how interesting the digital world could be.
The Meet and Code initiative is implemented by GURT Resource Centre in cooperation with TechSoup Europe and Haus des Stiftens gGmbH and funded by SAP. The EU Code Week took place from 07th until 22nd October 2017. Throughout Ukraine seminars, lectures, trainings, workshops, hackathons, film shows, competitions were organized. These events present the latest technologies to young people.
The last of 36 trainings «United Community» («Yedyna Hromada») took place on 23-24th of September 2017 in Borova, Kharkiv oblast. Within the framework of the project, implemented by IREX and GURT and with the support of U.S. Agency for the International Development (USAID), training activities brought together 12 communities from 5 Eastern oblasts of Ukraine. Besides Borova there were people from Izium and Chuhuiv (Kharkiv oblast), Bakhmut and Novogrodivka (Donetsk oblast), Pershotravensk and Mezhova (Dnipropetrovsk oblast), Starobilsk and Novopskov (Luhansk oblast), Primorsk, Berdyansk and Huliaipole (Zaporizhia oblast).