History of the Organization

The initiative group which included teachers and students of the Dnipropetrovsk College of Culture was created in 1998. All activities were aimed at preserving the national cultural heritage, supporting modern Ukrainian culture, cooperating with regional cultural centers of national minorities, charity, finding and supporting talented children and youth.
The following events were held from 1998 to 2002:

- International Folk Dance Festival for Children and Youth "To Sunny Springs" (1999), with support of International Renaissance Foundation, which was attended by dance groups of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Moldova.

- Three regional festivals of modern Ukrainian music "Autumn Starfall", which were attended by children and young people from cities and villages of Dnipropetrovsk region mainly from low-income families and unprotected categories (2000-2002). The Organization received a grant from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine for holding the second festival.

- Regional Charity Creativity Festival of and publication of collection of poems by children with health problems "Believe in Yourself" (2001).

- Many different charity cultural events were held in cooperation with cultural centers of national minorities, local commercial structures, and government authorities.

Teachers and students of the Dnipropetrovsk College of Culture participated in all the events on a voluntary basis, students received practical experience necessary for working in modern cultural institutions.

Non-Governmental Organization "Center for Civic and Cultural Initiatives Support" was registered in 2001. It was re-registered as Non-Governmental Organization "Center for Civic and Cultural Initiatives Support "Tamarisk" in 2007. The Organization implemented more than 50 projects aimed at developing civil society and involved 44 grants from international donor organizations.

The Projects as follows were implemented with support of international donors:

During four years, with the financial support of the Mott Foundation, our organization was able to work effectively in the following strategic program areas:
- Support for public initiatives. Information, methodological, organizational and resource support; organizing the cooperation and information support.
- Joint efforts of civil society organizations and improving the effectiveness of their interaction with authorities...

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The purpose of the project: to increase information and communication capabilities of at least 20 CSOs of Eastern and Central Ukraine via training professional communicators and creating partnership between organizations, that will facilitate raising awareness of the citizens about essence of reforms, improvement communication between CSOs and local self-government authorities, increase of CSO information impact and involving citizens in decision-making process at the local level...

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The purpose of the competition is to support in the cities of Mariupol and Nikopol the projects aimed at monitoring the activities of local self-government, implementation of the principles of transparency and accountability in local self-government sector, involvement of young people in finding innovative methods of fighting and preventing corruption. (Implementation of the concept of "City of Goodness")...

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Representatives of the Center "Tamarisk" took an active part in all activities of the joint project with partners on institutional development of the Hub Network of Civil Society of Ukraine. Joint working meetings, Skype conferences, trainings, educational visits to share experiences were held. Institutional documents and strategies of the Hub Network were developed...

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Coalition of 30 CSOs on various fields was formed to hold the festival. Those CSOs merged into Online Museum with interesting thematic installations, master classes, flash mobs, quests and performances...

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The purpose of the project: to increase the capabilities of at least 20 civil society organizations, mainly from small towns and rural regions of Eastern Ukraine, to influence the development of local communities, to represent target groups and to implement democratic changes at the local level...

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A press conference "Dnipro City has Joined the Coalition for Protection of Voting Rights of Internally Displaced Persons" was held. The Director of the Center "Tamarisk" participated in two live broadcasts "Living in a State of War. Political Rights of Internally Displaced Persons" and "Problems of Internally Displaced Persons" (DTRK channel)...

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The exhibition was organized in the Regional Library for Youth named after M. Svetlov. A group of guides, the students of Interregional Higher Vocational School of Printing Industry and Information Technologies was trained to inform about materials of the exposition...

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The purpose of the project: to raise awareness of at least 200 students of Dnipro higher educational institutions as for civil society sector and involvement in active civic activities through information and education programs and mass events...

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The project was aimed at supporting civic initiatives of newly established CSOs working with IDPs to ensure their active participation in democratic changes in Ukraine.
The Sixth School of Positive Changes which was attended by representatives of 24 organizations from Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kirovohrad, Poltava, Kharkiv oblasts worked within the project...

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The purpose of the project was to promote implementing National Strategy of Civil Society Development in Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk oblast through information and education campaign, assistance in establishing coordination council at Regional State Administration and development of regional program to support civil society...

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The project established Resource Center for Promotion of Local Democracy in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast to assist residents of the oblast in exercising their rights to control local authorities and develop local self-government...

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Project activities were aimed at achieving two goals:
- Improving CSOs capabilities to represent target groups better, to influence political processes and to ensure democratic changes at the local level
- Promoting better understanding, settlement of relations and cooperation between different regions of Ukraine...

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The project included the Fifth School of Positive Changes, which was attended by 41 participants from 24 newly established CSOs from 18 localities in six regions: Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Kharkiv. A competition of mini-grants for project participants was held...

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The main goal of the project was to strengthen the capacity of local communities, district and city authorities, internally displaced persons in establishing constructive relations to promote citizens' cohesion and reduce tensions by supporting the integration of IDPs in Dnipropetrovsk oblast...

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The Center "Tamarisk" took part in a partnership project "Conflict Resolution and Overcoming Polarization in Ukraine", which was implemented in Ukraine by the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue and the Institute for Peace and Common Ground...

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The project was aimed at providing systematic support to BSOP in Dnipropetrovsk oblast.
6 seminars on "Organizational and Legal Framework for the Creation and Operation of BSOPs", 4 seminars "Study and Implementation of Best Practices to Improve the Efficiency of BSOP in Dnipropetrovsk oblast" (238 people) were held.

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The project was aimed at developing and supporting local communities in cities and rural areas of Dnipropetrovsk oblast by training civic activists in the Fourth School of Positive Changes, and creating a network of experts to support civil society involvement...

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The projects were aimed at creating and developing a network of access centers for e-government services in modern libraries in Dnipropetrovsk oblast and closer involvement of the authorities in the work of these centers...

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As a part of the project the Center "Tamarisk" received institutional support from UNDP. The team systematically worked on the following potentials: democratic, accountable and transparent internal leadership, membership base, management, administering small grants, financial control and financial sustainability, advocacy...

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The purpose of the project was to research the compliance of Administrative Services Centers activities with the requirements of the Law of Ukraine "On Administrative Services", to identify typical problems in their creation and operation, to provide targeted recommendations for management staff and founders of Administrative Services Centers on improving their work. Monitoring was performed using the methodology developed by the experts of the Center of Political and Legal Reforms...

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The aim of the project was to stimulate the development of women's entrepreneurship in Ukraine, to consider examples of successful enterprises managed or founded by Ukrainian women, to show the way for development, and to search for new prospects. One of the goals of the event was to promote and expand the social network "Ukrainian Women in Business"...

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The project activity covered 5 oblasts: Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kirovohrad, Rivne and Kharkiv.
The work of the Third School of Positive Changes was organized. Its program included training events, webinars, video lessons, counseling. Representatives of 20 CSOs from 18 localities were the participants...

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The project was aimed at improving competencies and skills of civil society activists in Dnipropetrovsk oblast and establishing close cooperation between non-profit organizations in the region...

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The project was aimed at creating conditions for systematic informational and methodological support for transformation of cultural institutions in villages and small towns of Dnipropetrovsk oblast into local centers of civil society activity...

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The project was aimed at adapting the Polish experience of public animation to Ukrainian conditions, training public animators and developing a network of Centers for Local Activity in cities and districts of the oblast, as well as strengthening information exchange between CSOs, and raising public awareness of civil society organizations activities...

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  • "Establishing High-Quality Interaction between NGOs and the Media in Dnipropetrovsk Region" with support of International Renaissance Foundation.
  • "New Media Prospects for Development of Local Media" with support of International Renaissance Foundation...

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The goal of the project was to create conditions for systematic budget support for social projects of civil society organizations of Dnipropetrovsk city through implementing the mechanism of social service procurement. The following strategy was implemented:..

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The goal of the project was to improve the professional level of at least 60 representatives of CSOs and initiative groups of Dnipropetrovsk oblast, to activate the information exchange of civil society activists with local authorities and the media, to raise awareness of the people about activities of civil society sector in Dnipropetrovsk oblast...

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The goal of these projects was to facilitate creating new AABCs and to improve the efficiency of existing ones in Dnipropetrovsk city through providing them with advisory, legal, informational, organizational, methodological, and other types of assistance.
We created the Resource Center for AABCs...

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Three years of participation in educational programs of the Stefan Batory Foundation, internship and acquaintance with experience of Polish civil society sector, exchange of practices with successful Ukrainian and Belarussian organizations facilitated enhancing professional competence of the team and improving financial basis of the Center "Tamarisk"...

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The goal of the project was to strengthen the influence of the civil society sector of Dnipropetrovsk region via improving professionalism of representatives of 20 CSOs, creating information partner network of organizations participating in the project, and establishing closer collaboration with government agencies...

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The goal of the project was to bring to the local self-government authorities of the districts the specific experience of the Mayor's Office of Polish city of Belchatow, recognized as the best one in Poland, and to encourage them to adopt Ethics Codes and introduce ethical standards into activities of officials...

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Within the project the Organization received advisory support from UCAN which facilitated creating web resource "Public Initiatives in Dnipropetrovsk Region"...

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The need for this project was caused by low level of civil society awareness about activities of civil society organizations not only concerning ordinary citizens, but also local authorities. As well it was caused by the lack of interaction of organizations in civil society sector of the region...

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Exchange of experience and information, joint events with participation of representatives of civil society organizations and mass media of Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad and Mykolaiv oblasts met the needs for development of civil society sectors of the above three regions and facilitated improving the efficiency of organizations participating in the project cluster...

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The project included training and consultations on projects development, preparation of projects by participants, and public presentation of those projects.

Thus, implementation of the project provided an opportunity for 20 non-governmental organizations of Dnipropetrovsk oblast to gain knowledge and skills in development of social projects....

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The need to implement the project was caused by low level of development of non-governmental organizations sector at the district and rural levels due to the lack of necessary information on creation and operation of CSOs, their role in civil life, opportunities to attract resources, etc...

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The project involved educational training program for those representatives of district centers of culture and libraries of Dnipropetrovsk oblast who needed knowledge and skills in management, PR, fundraising, and partnership technologies with non-governmental organizations. Thus, the project met the needs of district cultural institutions and provided assistance in their adaptation to current situation...

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