COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Ukraine/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.8 Social cohesion and cultural policies

There are special programmes directed at the development of participation and social cohesion in each region, in the form of arts festivals, meetings and reviews. In most cases, funding for these events is derived from regional or local budgets. As a rule, key actors are civil society organisations and state-owned institutions.

Some good examples are internet centres in small towns and villages, opened with the support of international projects, which are accessible to all groups and are mainly free of charge.

Table 7:    Degree of interpersonal trust, 2011

 

Total

Sex

Age

 

 

Male

Female

Up to 29

30-49

50 and more

Most people can be trusted

Need to be very careful

23.1

 

70.3

23.3

 

70.2

23.0

 

70.3

25.1

 

69.2

22.2

 

71.4

22.8

 

70.0

No answer

Don't know

1.6

4.9

1.5

4.9

1.7

5.0

1.2

4.6

1.6

4.8

1.9

5.2

N

1500

(675)

(825)

(340)

(489)

(672)

Source:    World Values Survey 6 (2011), Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

According to the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (Ukraine’s Analytical Brief, 2017), in 2011, the WVS said that 23.1% of Ukrainians agreed that most people can be trusted. This indicator provides insight into Ukraine's social capital. A result of 23.1% indicates a relatively competitive level of trust and solidarity, taking into account that the average for all countries that have implemented the CDIS is 19.3%. However, this level is not satisfactory for a country aspiring to build a modern democratic society.

Variations in the results can be seen across age groups. While 25.1% of people aged under 29 agree that most people can be trusted, 22.2% of those aged 30-49 and 22.8% of those aged 50 and over agree, which indicates an increasing trend of openness among the youth.

In December 2016, the President signed the Edict #534/2016 On priority measures for strengthening national unity and consolidation of Ukrainian society, supporting civil initiative in this sphere. The document indebts the government, among other measures aimed at the consolidation of Ukrainian society, “to take steps to develop interregional cooperation in economic, social, educational, touristic, information and other projects, including cultural and art projects, particularly, to promote the all-Ukrainian project of cultural integration "Ukrainian Donbass".


Chapter published: 09-02-2018

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