How to Influence the Government in Just Three Mouse Clicks

How to use Internet technologies efficiently to cooperate with the government, as well as local and national services of note for concerned citizens, were discussed at this practical seminar with activists in Lutsk.

The event took place on April 21 at the Innerspace anti-cafe. Subject: Special Aspects of Working with E-Democracy Platforms and E-Governance Tools.

The attendees of this practical seminar included representatives of the Stronger Together awareness campaign, Regional Foundation of Community Initiatives NGO, Free Education and Culture Center NGO, students of the Lesya Ukrayinka Eastern European National University, and journalists.

At the beginning of the event, Petro Verzun, head of the Local Development Foundation NGO, spoke on the essence and tasks of the EGAP Program planned in the course of the Electronic Governance for Government Transparency and Community Participation project.

Mykhailo Nakhod, head of the Political Analysis and Election Consulting Center, presented the results of focus group activities held in the course of the program and explained the specific aspects of working with e-democracy tools.

Mykhailo Nakhod underscored that e-democracy is a present day demand, as significantly more people communicate and do business online; it is now possible to use electronic kindergarten waiting lists, review  sessions of Lutsk City Council online, and determine the locations of public transport online using the MAK system.

Roman Matviichuk, expert, spoke about the advantages of using the E-data official public finance portal, Open Budget portal, and Prozorro electronic public procurements system, and explained the usage mechanism.

During the practical assignments, the training participants filed a petition on using the Local Electronic Petitions System, and studied the problem description algorithm using the Open City platform. The participants located a pile of garbage in the center of Lutsk and notified the appropriate services about it using the resource.

Mykhailo Nakhod encouraged participants to keep track of further implementation of the project and engage in further activities planned in the course of the project. We would like to underline that one more practical seminar will be held.

The event will take place within the auspices of the Electronic Governance for Government Accountability and Community Participation (EGAP) program funded by the Swiss Confederation and implemented by the Eastern Europe Foundation and InnovaBridge foundation in partnership with the State Agency for Electronic Governance. The regional partners of the program in Volyn Oblast under the E-Democracy component are two NGOs, the Local Development Foundation and Center for Political Analysis and Election Consulting.