Open World has been forging lasting positive relationships between emerging and established leaders in the former Soviet Union and their American counterparts since 1999. Program participants have a range of diverse backgrounds, and they come to the U.S. with the purpose of gaining a better understanding American democracy and the rule of law in the U.S. While here, they are introduced to best practices in critical areas like sustaining NGOs, tackling corruption, promoting an independent judiciary, and so much more. This program is an important, cost-effective investment by the U.S. government in the advancement of democracy, the building of civil societies, and creating a better world for all of us. This is people-to-people exchange at its best.
Past Open World Programs
Ukraine Parliament Members July 2018
From July 26-August 1, 2018, Global Ties KC welcomed five members of the Ukrainian Parliament to Kansas City. This program provided visitors with an overview of the U.S. legislative system, sharing best practices in accountable governance, transparency, combatting corruption, decentralization, checks and balances, campaign conduction, and constituent representation. Delegates met with local organizations and the offices of Congressional Representatives at state, local, and national levels.
Combatting Human Trafficking March 2017
From March 17-25, 2017, Global Ties KC hosted a delegation from Ukraine. Delegates met with local non-profit and government agencies within Kansas City to examine the cooperation between the U.S. government and NGOs working to recognize and combat human trafficking.
The Greater Kansas City area is at an intersection of the transportation and commerce of trafficked individuals, resulting in increased rates of exploitation. Programming included time in Kansas City, meetings with key governmental and non-governmental entities, engagement in cultural activities, and host family arrangements.
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