A roundtable "Inter-sectoral partnership as a factor of communities` development: the European experience"

2012-07-17 15:15

The event organized by the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University within the Ecumenical Social Week project with the support of the Association of Philanthropists of Ukraine and the youth initiative project "The Heart in palms" (Kyiv).

The roundtable was attended by representatives of civic and charitable organizations from Kyiv and Lviv, in particular funds "Planet of mutual help", Protection of the Most Blessed mother of God, "Caritas of Ukraine"; organizations "Child with the future", "Wikimedia Ukraine". Executive director of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University Halyna Bokhonko and president of the Philantropists of Ukraine Association Oleksandr Maksymchuk moderated the event.

Speakers presented the local experience of cooperation between government, civic organizations, Churches, schools, business; considered philanthropy and volunteerism as a way to becoming a new civil society. Roundtable participants agreed that we need to create an environment for constructive cooperation and experience exchange between government and civil sector, business, Church communities, etc.

There has been a suggestion to develop a network of ecumenical social weeks in Ukraine in order to exchange experiences, combine efforts of different sectors to resolve common social needs, strengthening inter-sectoral partnership. Roundtable participants agreed, inter alia, to join efforts in spreading experience of inter-sectoral partnership within the Ecumenical Social Week project; to support the Percentage philanthropy project; to hold such roundtables throughout the year involving international and Ukrainian experts who were involved in areas of the development of civil society, philanthropy etc.