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 Open World program for 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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NGOs and Government Reform
Ukraine Open World program for March 2016
From March 18-26, 2016, Global Ties KC hosted a delegation of Ukrainian women for an Open World program focusing on the role of non-governmental organizations in government reforms. The delegates spent a week in Kansas City connecting with both government and non-government leaders in our community and exploring the dynamics of their interactions to promote the needs of civil society.
The group furthered their understanding of U.S. governmental structure, the role of citizens and grassroots organizations in local governance, and the election process.
Municipal Development and Decentralization
Ukraine Open World program for October 2015
In October 2015, Global Ties KC hosted a group of Ukrainian public servants for a week-long Open World program. They spent their week engaging with civic leaders, municipal organizations, and exploring Kansas City.
The group gained insight into accountability, transparency and civic engagement in American government. Global Ties KC held an event in their honor at Californos during their week in Kansas City.
Civic Rule of Law: Managing Judicial Education & Training
Serbia Open World program for April 2015
In April 2015, Global Ties KC hosted a group of Serbian civic leaders for an Open World program. They spent a week in Kansas City connecting with local politicians and nonprofit organizations, as well as experiencing Kansas City culture and hospitality.
The group gained insight into American judicial education and training by meeting with local resources including The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas, The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, among others. The group also got additional perspectives of Kansas City by touring the Nelson Atkins Art and WWI Museums, attending our monthly reception at Californos, and enjoying homestays with Kansas City families.