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Roundtable: Social assistance a la Ukrainien or where the money goes

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The key problem of social assistance in Ukraine is de facto targeting of non-poor people.  Only one third of all social funds go to the poorest Ukrainians.  In 2011 the budget spent on social protection amounted to UAH 43.8 billion or 10% of the general budget.  Even one tenth of the social spending for the non-poor people would allow increasing social assistance to the poorest fourfold.  

This problem was discussed during the roundtable on March 28 at the news agency «STATUS QUO».  The roundtable «Social assistance a la Ukrainien or where the money goes» was organized by Center for social and economic research – CASE Ukraine with support of Kharkiv-based NGOs and experts.

«Somehow it happened that our social spending has almost sacred meaning.  Large social outlays can justify everything – incredibly high tax pressure, miserable investments, and even mediocrity of our rulers whose the only merit is permanent increase of those social outlays.  And such situation could be treated as fair unless one «but»… when only 30% of social funds go to the poorest people the label «for social needs» becomes just an excuse for «legal» waste of public funds» – said Dmytro Boyarchuk, Executive Director of CASE Ukraine during the roundtable.

The roundtable «Social assistance a la Ukrainien or where the money goes» was organized within the project titled «Popular Economy: Reform Monitoring» that CASE Ukraine has been implementing under financial support of Open Society Institute.  The main goal of the project is to bring professional discussion about country development beyond the audience of trained experts and build the dialogue with general public. 

Video recordings of the roundtable are available in Ukrainian at this link.

Roundtable handouts:

1)      Comics-presentation: Social assistance a la Ukrainien or where the money goes (ukr);

2)      Brief: Social assistance a la Ukrainien or where the money goes (ukr);

3)      Monthly report: Social assistance a la Ukrainien or where the money goes (ukr);

April 2, 2012