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CESS Policy Brief no. 1
Building civil society oversight capacity of the security sector in Ukraine

Ukraine has a broad and active civil society that is involved in security and defence oversight. It could improve its capacity to impact policy by becoming more knowledgeable in performing oversight; experienced in working with parliament and other oversight institutions; and increasingly able through the development of new oversight tools and mechanisms. This policy brief aims to provide an overview of civil society’s role in Ukraine’s security sector and offer suggestions on how to strengthen its role.

Key points:

  • While civil society worldwide has been increasingly challenged, Ukraine’s civil society has been flourishing. Ukraine’s civil society plays a role in security and defence policy oversight, but it has become more settled and less active, while government reforms have slowed down in recent years.
  • Civil society can improve its capacity to impact Ukraine’s security and defence policy by becoming more knowledgeable in performing oversight; experienced in working with parliament and other oversight institutions; and increasingly able through the development of new oversight tools and mechanisms.
  • Ukraine’s rebooting of leadership with the coming to power of a new president, government and parliament will hopefully also reboot democratic reform and boost civil society’s participatory and oversight functions.

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