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Resource potential of volunteering in Ukrainian society: research investigation


The development of volunteer movement in Ukraine in 2014-2015 has became an example of spontaneous purposeful mobilization of social resources aimed at solving public problems of different scales. This experience is extremely valuable for the development of civil society in Ukraine. The phenomenon of volunteer movement in Ukraine requires study and acknowledgement, summarizing data on volunteering, its motivation, problems, and development prospects.

This article is the next step in addressing the aforementioned problems and is an attempt to use theoretical and methodological data collected earlier to identify the mobilizing potential of volunteer movement’s social resources in Ukraine. For the purpose of testing the obtained theoretical and methodological results and initial state assessment of the volunteer movement resource potential, in March of 2016 authors conducted an expert survey with 10 representatives of the active volunteer organizations managerial staff.

The analysis of the status, resources and general trends of changes in the volunteer movement reveals typical problems of Ukrainian civil society, in particular, an exaggerated focus on public authorities, interaction with which is perceived as both the main source of problems, and as the main means of solving these problems.

In addition, the alleviation of the confrontation in Eastern Ukraine leads to a certain attenuation of the volunteer movement. However, the volunteer movement provided the social self-organization processes in Ukraine, a strong impetus to mobilization. Active participation of public associations in the recent Ukrainian events, as well as the state of social resources that are available for public associations and can be involved, demonstrate significant potential to revitalize and increase the public associations participation ensuring development and reforms, including those at the regional level.

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