Kyiv Legal Empowerment Practical Program

Kyiv Legal Empowerment Practical Program (Kyiv LEPP) is an international educational and practical program.

The mission of Kyiv LEPP is to make a practical impact on addressing the issues of access to justice in the participating countries through the development and further implementation of practical solutions.

Kyiv LEPP is 5 intensive days of exchanging experience with teams from different countries. It is an incubation process of viable and human-oriented solutions in the field of access to justice.

Kyiv LEPP-2019 brought together 5 teams from different countries to take their ideas of strengthening access to justice for people in a certain field through design-thinking process. There were 5 prototypes of problem solutions for each team, for each country.

In 2019 Argentina, Moldova, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia developed their solutions.

National teams include representatives of institutions and communities working in the field of access to justice, namely: representatives of vulnerable and marginalized communities, leaders of local communities (municipalities, local government, etc.), state and non-state legal aid providers, representatives of Ministries and State, agencies.

Kyiv LEPP takes into account national contexts and requests from participants in developing a design-thinking course, so there is an opportunity not only to incubate the idea within the course, but also to overview innovating practices in the field of access to justice and legal empowerment of the poor.

Kyiv LEPP participants receive ongoing support, expert support of the program after the course, as well as a platform for the exchange of experience with colleagues.

If you have an idea and a team, you are welcome to join. KyivLEPP will support the implementation of your solutions to A2J problems developed in design-thinking process of the course

Team of program

Kateryna Yeroshenko
Head of the Programme. Programme and Project Coordinator of the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation
Mykola Sioma
Director of the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation
Yevgen Poltenko
Executive Director of the Legal Development Network
Oleksandr Baranov
Acting Director of the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Providing
Vitalii Okhrimenko
Head of the Department “Kyiv Inter-Regional Resource and Communication Platform”, the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Providing, and Law Club “Pravokator.Kyiv”
Iryna Chaika
— Head of the Information and Analytical Department “Kyiv Inter-Regional Resource and Communication Platform”, the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Providing, and Law Club “Pravokator.Kyiv”
Olha Halchenko
Coordinator of the Human Rights and Justice Program of the International Renaissance Foundation
Yurii Sverba
State Expert of the Expert Group on Access to Justice of the Directorate for Human Rights, Access to Justice and Legal Awareness of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine
Sheilat Afolabi
Project Manager of the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation
Polina Pavliuk
Expert of the Expert Group on Legal Institutions Related to Justice of the Directorate of Justice and Criminal Justice of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine
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KyivLEPP-2021 financially supports five ideas from Kyrgyzstan, North Macedonia, Sierra Leone and Ukraine

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“You don’t have to create high-profile conceptions of the institutions, the main thing is to formulate who has what problem and whether it really solves what the team wants to do”, – Oksana Hoshva, moderator of the KyivLEPP-2021 – about the methodology of design thinking

This year the design sprint of the KyivLEPP-2021 will be moderated by the first organizer of the sprint in Ukraine using the Google Ventures method, design strategist Oksana Hoshva. About the moderator Oksana Hoshva has shown in her own experience what can be achieved when you can generate ideas, create a clear plan of action and put them into practice. At the age of 21 she was entrusted with PR work with the well-known Ukrainian band Okean Elzy, and at the age of 23 she opened a PR agency herself. Oksana now owns DOT_DOT Innovation and Hoshva PR & DGTL.

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