PYLYP ORLYK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY
Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy, founded by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, is an independent, indigenous organization in Ukraine.
POID's website is HERE.
Why Pylyp Orlyk?
Pylyp Orlyk (1672 –
1742), a Cossack noble and hetman (leader) was the chief author of the 1710
Bendery Constitution. This was the first document in the world to establish a
democratic standard for the separation of powers in government between the
legislative, executive, and judiciary branches. The Constitution also limited
the executive authority of the hetman and established a democratically elected
Cossack parliament called the General Council. Predating the classic example of
an expression of democratic polity – the American Constitution of 1777 – by over
65 years, the Orlyk Constitution testifies to the long-standing traditions of
democracy in Ukraine.
Our Mission Statement
The Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy (POID) aims to help revive Ukrainian
democratic traditions and to assist in the consolidation of a free-market
democracy in Ukraine.
How Do We Accomplish This?
The Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy serves as a source of information and
facilitates the research and development of public policy in six key areas
essential to democratic state-building:
• national government;
• national security;
• human rights;
• environmental protection;
• local government;
• economic reforms.
The Institute’s History and the Present
“The policymakers who legislate and execute the wishes of the people must
have access to the knowledge and information without which democracy cannot
flourish. The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation fully understands that Ukraine must choose
its own path. Our mission is to make available to you the wealth of our
experience, to open up the parameters of your debate, and to improve the level
of mutual understanding between our two nations. The Pylyp Orlyk Institute for
Democracy is our principal medium for this undertaking.”
Founder and Board Member of the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy,
President of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation
The POID was established in 1991 to conduct political research and provide
information in the area of strengthening democracy and the development of a
market economy. The principal recipients of these services were young democratic
forces represented in the Verkhovna Rada – the Ukrainian Parliament of what was
then Soviet Ukraine. In 1993, the POID was officially registered as a local,
independent, non-profit, social and political, information and research
organization. The Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy has expanded its scope of
cooperation to include the government, the Presidential Administration, the
Constitutional Court, NGOs and the media.
Since 1995, the POID has been placing significant emphasis on the development of
democracy at the local level. Several projects are dedicated to issues of
accountability and transparency in local government and local economic
development. The projects are supported and financed by technical assistance
organizations that include the Pew Foundation, Mott Foundation, Westminster
Foundation, PAUCI, MATRA, TACIS, and, most recently, the World Bank.
Regional Training Centers
In 1997, the POID in cooperation with the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation started
implementing a three-year USAID-funded Community Partnerships Project for
Training and Education. The POID identified and selected 18 Ukrainian
partnership cities, as well as established and staffed five regional training
centers (RTCs), whose mission is to train and educate Ukrainian local government
officials. Today, the RTCs work with approximately 2000 cities, towns and
villages, including every city officially classified under oblast and regional
subordination. Most workshop participants come from smaller cities and towns,
where they have limited access to practical information.
The RTCs offer unique and attractive services for Ukrainian cities, as their
trainings and workshops are not only conducted by foreign experts who provide
innovative techniques, but most importantly, by experienced Ukrainian trainers
whose workshops are based on local examples.
Today, the RTC network’s educational activities span the country:
• Western Ukraine Regional Training Center – Lviv;
• Central Ukraine Regional Training Center – Cherkasy;
• Southern Ukraine Regional Training Center – Kherson;
• Eastern Ukraine Regional Training Center – Donetsk.
• conducting political research and providing information related to the
strengthening of democracy and the development of a market economy;
• developing democracy at a local level: accountability and transparency in
• participating actively in the areas of local government and local economic
• analyzing the state of affairs and developing recommendations on minority
rights and language issues in Ukraine, as well as sources of regional conflicts
in neighboring countries;
• producing and publishing special literature on strengthening democracy and
Center for Local Democracy »
In the Media
The work of the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy has attracted the attention
of the Ukrainian and world media. The Institute’s experts produce materials
on a regular basis, give interviews and commentaries to such well-known information
agencies, TV and radio companies, print and electronic media as: The Guardian,
The London Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street
Journal, CNN, BBC, CBC (Canada), AFP (France), ABS (Australia), The Globe
and Mail, The Ukrainian Weekly, the First National TV Channel of Ukraine, “1
and “Inter”, “Era” TV and radio company, “channel 5”, Ukraine’s radio – 1,
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (Weekly Mirror).