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Civil Network OPORA
One of the leading non-governmental and non-partisan All-Ukrainian organizations for public oversight and advocacy in the field of elections, parliamentarism, education, joint ownership, energy efficiency, local self-government, as well as the comprehensive implementation of the principle of open data. We strive for sustainable development of society, irreversible changes that can be ensured through qualitative institutional reforms, positive social and cultural developments.
More than 10 years have passed since Civil Network OPORA became an intersection point and a meeting place for people from across the country who decided to get personally involved in the process of change of socio-political system. Our history began in 2005. At that time, when we were still students, we gained first-hand experience of enthusiasm and disenchantment with the revolution, formed our own principles and core values, and made decisions about what to do next. Our strivings resulted in the establishment of Civil Network OPORA - an organization where we could materialize our ideas of fair and successful country in which we all want to live.

During the period of existence of our organization we managed to do and learn a lot of things. What used to be, in fact, a student organization turned into a credible and authoritative community with competence in matters of governmental and parliamentary activities, control over local self-governing authorities, election observation, external independent testing, advocacy for reforms, energy conservation and open data policy, which operates throughout Ukraine. We grew up - and so did Civil Network OPORA.
Who we are
Our dream
Citizens are involved in political life, while state and local policies reflect people's will. In our dreams, government institutions perform service functions and adhere to the principles of openness, transparency and accountability. Competition between policies is based on common sense, rather than just personal interest. The policy-making process involves intelligence, professionalism, forward-thinking approach and responsibility. We are convinced that if we work hard, our every action will be a step toward fulfilling our dream. So let's dream actively! ;)
We all work together as a team, because we share common values. Each member of Civil Network OPORA team attaches great importance to human rights, democracy, freedom, common good and the rule of law, which can't exist without social, organizational and personal responsibility.
Our values
Our
Goals
1. We strive for activation of citizens, so that they would have the desire and ability to influence the improvement of their environment as well as be capable of informed participation in public life.

2. We want to establish an open, transparent public governance and change its quality in the context of decision-making and policy-making process implemented by state authorities as well as ensuring publicity and openness of data.
We
Monitor
compliance with the law
Catalyze
citizens into activity and participation in democratic processes
Promote
sustainable democratic culture
Share
our knowledge about best and successful practices
Generate
public demand for anti-populism in public policy and administration
Participate
in policy-making process
OPORA is involved in the following activities:
  • conducting independent electoral observation;
  • drawing attention to the problem of CEC's renewal;
  • promoting the certainty of punishment for electoral violations on the legislative level;
  • conducting parallel vote tabulation based on the sociological sampling;
  • monitoring the parliamentary activities;
  • developing online services, which help the citizens to watch activities of MPs;
  • mobilizing the citizens for participation in democratic processes;
  • promoting sustainable democratic culture;
  • generating public demand for anti-populism in public policy and administration;
  • analyzing open data of government bodies;
  • promoting the introduction of open data principles among government bodies;
  • developing policies;
  • informing about efficient energy saving practices and assisting in their introduction on the legislative level in Ukraine;
  • observing the external independent testing;
  • assisting and consulting the entrants during the EIT;
  • giving recommendations concerning improvement of the EIT administration.
Elections
Since 2007, we have been monitoring and analyzing all stages of electoral process, and we've also been working on improvement of electoral legislation in order to bring it in line with international standards.
Milestones in the development of "Elections" branch of activity
2007
First ever systematic observation of elections in Ukraine.
2010
  • OPORA successfully conducted parallel vote tabulation (PVT) based on statistical sampling for the first time ever in Ukraine.
  • OPORA was the only local organization which didn't recognize the local elections as democratic.
2012
  • OPORA became the co-founders of European organization "European Platform for Democratic Elections" (EPDE).
  • We created an electronic Map of violations verified by observers for the first time ever in Ukraine.
  • OPORA attracted and trained 4,000 observers in the run-up to parliamentary elections.
2013
During the by-elections in "troubled constituencies" OPORA organized online broadcasting from the premises of 5 territorial election commissions as well as Internet marathon which was viewed by nearly 75,000 citizens.
2014
  • OPORA created a mobile app containing several handy tools for quality monitoring of elections which can be used by journalists, observers and proactive voters.
  • During the local elections in Kyiv, OPORA mobilized and trained more than 800 observers which is a record-breaking figure for a single territorial community.
  • The results of our parallel vote tabulation confirmed "People's Front" as the winner of parliamentary election and gave evidence of "Svoboda" party's failure to clear the electoral threshold. All other exit polls and surveys had significant errors and thus didn't provide accurate results.
2015
  • OPORA's experts developed a draft law # 2831-2 "On local elections" in collaboration with people's deputies and other nongovernmental organizations.
  • During the local elections, 100% of polling stations were covered by our observers in Dnipro (450 observers), Odesa (350 observers) and Kharkiv (598 observers), which is a high mobilization figure in terms of individual territorial communities.
  • OPORA launched the first ever Election Camp which is intended for training and involving proactive citizens in the process of election observation. Eventually, this training format was adopted by our European partners.
  • OPORA began systematic monitoring of investigations into electoral crimes. In 2016, the results of our monitoring formed the basis for developing a draft law on amendments to the Criminal Code, Criminal Procedural Code, Code of Administrative Offences and electoral law of Ukraine.
2016
  • OPORA joined the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO).
  • We were the only organization which conducted large-scale and systematic monitoring of first local elections in united territorial communities.
2017
The draft law on guaranteeing the voting rights of internally displaced persons and other citizens mobile within the country (registration # 6240), which was initiated and developed by OPORA in collaboration with other parties, was successfully registered in the parliament.
Parliament
Since 2013, we have been monitoring the activities of Parliament and political parties on a systematic basis, as well as elaborating recommendations on improving the quality of work of MPs and parliamentary committees, creating instruments of public control over activities of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and conducting outreach campaigns aimed at raising political culture of voters and civic activists.
Milestones in the development of "Parliament" branch of activity
2013
  • OPORA began monitoring the activities of majoritarian MPs during the inter-election period.
  • We provided support and participated in the launch of TV program "Dear deputies", which was broadcasted on 5 national TV channels ( "TVI", "Channel 24", "Hromadske.tv", "Channel 5", "First National TV channel") and attracted millions of viewers.
2014
Having taken into consideration our best practice in developing standards of transparency and openness, committees created their own websites and significantly improved the level of coverage of their activities.
2015
  • OPORA developed a unique research methodology for monitoring the legislative work of majoritarian MPs and their activities in electoral districts. 36 MPs were systematic monitoring objects in 2015, 105 MPs - in 2016, 88 MPs - in 2017.
  • We created "Rada4you: They vote for you" online service which helps in tracking the votes of MPs and certain policies.
  • Our programmers developed a "The Rada speaks" tool which is intended for high-quality search for transcripts of the parliament debates.
2016
  • We became one of five Ukrainian NGOs which signed the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness on behalf of civil society. Furthermore, we developed a plan for implementing the Declaration in cooperation with the Apparatus of the Verkhovna Rada and monitor its execution.
  • In collaboration with Hromadske.ua, OPORA launched "RE: FORM" TV program which covers the progress of reforms in our country. The total audience of TV program is 6 million viewers.
  • We created a map of reception offices of parliamentary parties and majoritarian MPs which contains information about more than 1,700 contacts.
2017
Our programmers created a "Visualizer" tool on rada4you.org online service which converts a large array of parliamentary data into a chart or interactive spreadsheet.
Local self-government
Since 2009, we have been setting standards of transparency, openness and accountability of local authorities, monitoring the activities of public authorities and the quality of municipal services, promoting mechanisms for public participation and application of good governance principles in the work of local government bodies and officials.
Milestones in the development of "Local self-government" branch of activity
2009
  • OPORA organized a Watchdog School of public control over local self-government activity based on "David Kolb's learning cycle technology" for the first time ever in Ukraine.
  • We published a Guidebook on public control over local self-governing authorities in Ukraine.
  • We held a Community Organizing School with the participation of trainers from the US and Germany for the first time ever in Ukraine.
2011-2012
OPORA developed a methodology for measuring the level of publicity municipal governments in Ukraine – Publicity Index of local self-government.
2013
  • OPORA initiated the launch of annual national campaign for measuring the level of publicity of municipal governments in all regional centers of Ukraine and the city of Simferopol.
  • OPORA established a national network of NGOs promoting watchdog activity in Ukraine and provide continuous support to these organizations.
Housing, public utilities and energy sector
Since 2006, we have been catalyzing citizens into activity and participation in socio-political processes related to energy efficiency, overcoming the negative developments in housing, public utilities and energy sector, ownership relations in condominiums, advocating for reforms aimed at ensuring sustainable energy development in Ukraine, shaping of energy-saving behavior among citizens.
Milestones in the development of "Housing, public utilities and energy sector" branch of activity
2006
OPORA conducted a nationwide campaign "We want to know what we pay for" with demand of ensuring transparency of information on utility rates.
2008
We established an informal coalition composed of 150 NGOs, condominiums and initiated the signing of the Declaration of "Responsible homeowners in Ukraine."
2009
We created a web site "The country of responsible homeowners" with tips concerning condominiums and instructions regarding the rights of consumers of public utility services, and established a "hotline" for provision of online consultations.
2010
OPORA became the co-founders of the First All-Ukrainian Condominium Forum in Lviv.
2010-2012
We helped in creating Resource centers for condominiums and gave training to 20 trainers in Lviv, Kherson, Kramatorsk, Rubizhne, Yalta, Sevastopol, Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Vinnytsia, Alchevsk, Kamyanets-Podilskyi.
2012
  • 14 experts of Civil Network OPORA acquired membership in the National Council on Condominiums under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
  • We developed a methodology for monitoring publicity, openness and transparency of utility tariffs and provided it to local activists.
2015
  • We launched an information portal "ZHYTLO" (www.zhytlo.in.ua).
  • We participated in the process of development and adoption of five key laws concerning housing and public utilities sector: Law on peculiarities of exercise of ownership rights in an apartment building, Law on assignment of non-profit status to condominiums, Laws concerning the activities of energy service companies (2 laws), Law on transparency of utility tariffs.
  • OPORA joined the process of development of "Warm loans" state program.
2015-2016
  • Our local coordinators in 15 cities participated in the process of preparation, development, adoption and implementation of Action plans for sustainable energy development.
  • We implemented training programs "Academy of responsible homeowners" and "School of effective condominiums".
2016
We advocated for the establishment of an independent regulatory authority in Ukrainian energy and public utilities market.


2017
The Parliament adopted key laws of the "energy efficiency package", co-drafted by OPORA: on the Energy Efficiency Fund, on Commercial Assessment of Heat and Water Supply, on Energy Efficiency of Buildings.
Education
Since 2008, we have been monitoring the compliance with the procedure for preparation and conduct of external independent testing, helping undergraduate applicants adapt to constant changes in Terms of admission to higher education institutions, monitoring the progress of the university admissions process, creating educational platforms aimed at informing citizens about educational services provided by educational institutions.
Milestones in the development of "Education" branch of activity
2008
First public monitoring of compliance with the rules and procedures for external independent testing with the participation of 1,650 observers.
2010
OPORA opened a hotline for entrants.
2011
We started officially working in the Appeal Commission of the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment (UCEQA), continuing the efforts in 2015 and 2016.
2013-2014
Prioritization of applications sent to HEIs by entrants was introduced on the basis of OPORA's research findings concerning the results of admission of entrants to state-funded seats.
2015
OPORA acquired the membership in the expert commission of the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment, which establishes "pass/fail" grades.
2016
OPORA organized a sociological research on the popularity of private tutor services and attitudes toward EIT among its direct participants.
Open data
Since 2016, we have been promoting publicity and openness of data and registers kept by government entities and their publication in Open Data formats supported by different services and applications according to the needs of the population.
Milestones in the development of "Open source data" branch of activity
2016
  • As a part of "Open Parliament" initiative, OPORA launched the Open Parliament Data Portal, which contains 406 data sets.
  • The organization conducted a large-scale research of the situation with open data in each oblast center of Ukraine.
  • OPORA launched the largest open city data portal "Apps4cities". As of today, we collected 166 data sets from 34 institutions.
2016-2017
OPORA's initiative "City Data" in collaboration with the Techsoup (Poland) organized and conducted a contest of ideas for urban services, the best of which were brought to life.
2017
  • Thanks to the research, OPORA has analyzed the progress in implementation of the open data policy by Ukrainian cities.
  • The organization prepared a printed and online manual answering the question how to introduce the open data policy in the right way.
  • OPORA's initiative "City Data" in collaboration with the Techsoup (Poland) co-organized the "Open Challenge" Competition. The winners have received a chance for expert advice in implementation of the open data policy in their cities.
SUPPORT
During the period of it's work, OPORA has been supported or is supported by: USAID, Council of Europe Office, European Commission, Black Sea Trust, Worl Bank Group, International Finance Corporation, NED, C.S. Mott Foundation, Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, British Embassy.
PARTNERS
OPORA has cooperated with the following organizations during the period of its activities:
NDI, IFES, "HRUPA VPLYVU" Civil Holding, Agency for Legislative Initiatives, Interns League, Internews Ukraine, Hromadske.ua, DiXi Group, Ukrainian Crisis Media Center, National Ecological Center of Ukraine, Association on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, Association "Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine", Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, "Ukrainian Center for European Policy Studies", Municipal Development Institute, Institute for Social and Economic Research, Reanimation Package of Reforms, USETI, Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Techsoup,Citizens Network Watchdog Poland.
Contacts
044 591 44 44
info@opora.org.ua
www.oporaua.org
01021, Kyiv, 34a Hrushevskoho St., office 93
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