At an international conference for think tanks, held on December 4 in Kiev discussed the role of think tanks in the new political environment and problems of cooperation tanks with potential customers analytical products.
The conference was held within the “Initiative of think tanks in Ukraine”, implemented by the International Fund “Renaissance” in partnership with the think tanks (TTF) and funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The goal of the Initiative is to improve the quality of decision-making practices and government by increasing the role of transparency and confidence in the tanks.
As noted Inna Pidluska, Deputy Executive Director of the International Fund “Renaissance”: “We have many years of support think tanks as deeply convinced that in an open society needs a broad policy dialogue. There can be no single policy consensus. Looking political alternatives that would take into account the widest possible range of legitimate public interest. Think tanks and just work hard to become the best quality policy. To personalization, which is inherent in Ukrainian politics is now obsolete. Instead came to competition of ideas. ”
The conference was informative panel discussion “The role of think tanks in the new political environment.” The participants were leading analysts Iryna Sushko, “Europe without Barriers”, Igor Koliushko, “Center for Political and Legal Reforms”, the Strategic Advisory Group of decentralization of the Ministry of Regional Development, Maxim Latsyba, Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research, a representative of the intensive care package reforms, Viktor Chumak, Deputy of Ukraine, Alain Getmanchuk, “World Policy Institute.”
The second panel discussion was devoted to problems in conjunction customers think tanks and analytical products. The participants were: Maria Golubeva, “Providus” Irina Bekeshkina, “Democratic Initiatives Foundation,” Taras duck, Vice-President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, Inna Sovsun, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Igor Kogut, “Agency for Legislative Initiatives “.
Also at the conference was a series of workshops and presenting the best international and Ukrainian practices. In particular workshop Vladimir Petronyevich (“Group 484”), which was entitled “Development of policies for the conditions of conflict and post-conflict situations, regulating the status of temporary migrants”.
Very rightly observes Roman Kobets expert policy analysis, Expert Working Group for the development of government policy in the sphere of e-government with Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine: “If it was government always require more intellectual support. External expertise if you wish. Now think tanks is a social mechanism for proper governance. Now, unfortunately, our think tanks can not quite perform this function. This sort of growth defects, which I think in the process of growing up will disappear. ”