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Legal Development Network

Kyiv, Ukraine
Joined June 2016

legal empowerment access to justice ukraine europe eurasia

Presence in: Ukraine
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment

Legal Development Network is a union of non-governmental community-based organizations that promote people-centered justice by legal aid, legal education, strategic advocacy, and other legal empowerment tools. The union began its formation in 2009 under the name “Network of Centers of Legal Information and Consultation”. At that time, 8 organizations decided to unite their efforts to develop common approaches to providing legal assistance in communities, generalizing typical appeals and standardizing the provision of legal assistance.

Today the Network unites organizations in the majority of Ukrainian regions. These LDN’s member organizations provide the population with basic legal information, actively cooperate with local authorities to solve individual problems and protect public interests, implement alternative dispute resolution, developing territorial communities and local leadership.

Every month, thousands of people address the offices of the Network and through its online services for legal assistance. A wide range of legal issues the lawyers of the Network work with include but are not limited to: land, labor, social and family cases. Much attention is paid to solving the problems of internally displaced persons and veterans.

Mission:

We empower people legally, protect human rights and freedoms, and develop communities

Strategic activities:

  • Legal empowerment – creating a critical mass of people who know their rights, are able and motivated to protect and
    promote them
  • Professional legal support for communities – shaping environment for building territorial communities that are able to address their problems in a legal way
  • Institutional capacity of the Network – development of a coherent union of civil society organizations operating in the community’s interest

People Associated With This Organization

Natalia Burylo

Ukraine  
Legal Development Network
Joined December 2017
Interests: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Education, Family, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice
Works for Legal Development Network in Ukraine.

Olena Matviichuk

Ukraine  
Legal Development Network
Joined June 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Gender-based violence, Governance, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
9 years in the field of human rights with a focus on Legal Empowerment of the poor by providing free legal aid, as well as cooperation with local authorities to prevent human rights violations in the community. Strong knowledge of legislation on local government powers and mechanisms of control over their activities, development and conducting trainings, co-author of two textbooks for local governments to create the legal aid system in the community

Sergii Rybak

Ukraine  
Legal Development Network
Joined July 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Gender-based violence, Governance, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights
Communications manager of Legal Development Network, Ukraine.

Legal Development Network is a coalition of civil organizations that develop territorial communities through the provision of free legal aid.

Today the Network unites 26 organizations in 16 regions of Ukraine. These organizations, based on the Networks’ offices, provide the poulation with basic legal information, cooperate with local self-government to solve individual problems and protect public interests, implement alternative ways of resolving conflicts, developing communities and leadership.

Every month, over three thousand people address the Network through its regional offices and online.


Contact information of the Network Kyiv office

Executive Directorate of the LEGAL DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
02140, Ukraine, Kyiv, Borys Hmyria Str., 17, оff. 4
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone number: +380 44 227 9773
Web-site: ldn.org.ua/en/
Facebook: @legaldnetwork

Yevgen Poltenko

Ukraine  
Legal Development Network
Joined June 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Education, Governance, Labor & Employment, Policy Advocacy & Governance
Executive Director of the Legal Development Network, an association of Ukrainian non-governmental organizations working on improving access to justice including focal points on legal aid, legal education, legal empowerment, and community legal support.
Currently, the Network includes 20 organizations operating in 15 of 24 national regions. Prior to joining the Legal Development Network, I worked for several charities, as well as financial and government agencies. I have more than ten years of experience in both local and national project implementation and in organizational development of CSOs. I have actively participated in several successful national advocacy campaigns aimed at a range of themes including corporate social responsibility, volunteerism legislation, and charity frameworks and regulations. My professional interests include community based security initiatives, research on community legal needs, local initiatives improving access to justice, and the development and implementation of strategies for civil society groups. I hold a Master's degree in International Economics from Kharkiv National University and a Master's in Nonprofit Organizations Management from Ukrainian Catholic University. I am an invited lecturer at the Central European University (the Legal Empowerment
Leadership Course) in Budapest, Hungary.

Zoryana Khrystyna

Ukraine  
Legal Development Network
Joined October 2017
Interests: Education, Family, Governance, Traditional / Customary Justice
My name is Zoryana Khrystyna. I was born and live in Lviv, Ukraine. I graduated from Ivan Franko Lviv National University, Faculty of Law in specialty: constitutional and legal aspects of local government activities.Since 2011 I have been working with international institutions in the fields of Dissemination of Legal Empowerment of the Poor. Since 2016 I am the member of the Boards Legal Development Network. It is a coalition of non-government organizations that develop the local communities through the provision of free legal aid. Today the Network combines the 23 organizations in the 14 regions of Ukraine. These organizations on which base the Network’s offices are created, provide for citizens a basic information on legal issues, actively cooperate with the local government to solve individual problems and to protect the public interest, to implement the alternative variants of conflict resolution, to develop the communities and leadership.
Yevgen Poltenko is the network champion (main point of contact) for Legal Development Network.

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