The NGO Modern Format tried to find out the answer to the question “How did civil society in the Zhytomyr region work in a pandemic?” by surveying representatives of 39 civil society organizations, of which 28 are geographically located in Zhytomyr, and 11 CSOs are registered and operate in cities, small communities, and settlements of Zhytomyr region.

An online questionnaire was developed for the survey which analyzed the key performance indicators of local CSOs in the period January-November 2020.

The survey clearly showed that the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine conditions in 2020 did not significantly affect the dynamics of local CSO resources.

Local CSOs in the Zhytomyr region live by not only with grants – this is the thesis of the survey results. In 2020, CSOs received the most from charitable donations of individuals and membership fees. Grants from international NGOs rank third in the ranking of sources of income.

In total, in 2020, the surveyed CSOs involved 639 volunteers in their activities. The target audiences with which CSOs work in the Zhytomyr Region are diverse, but the largest share is occupied by young people.

19 civil society organizations noted that the quarantine conditions allowed them to discover new opportunities for online activities.

Survey results: “How did civil society in the Zhytomyr region work in a pandemic?” summarized in the presentation Research_Modern_Format. 

The results of the survey were presented in detail during the Integration Meeting of CSOs of Zhytomyr region: examine the results, strengthen the organizational capacity, which took place on 11 December 2020.

The survey was conducted by the NGO “Modern Format” within the framework of the UNDP project “Civil Society for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine”, which is implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.