This month's CYFI Network star is Andrew Pavlovsky, an inspiring young investigative journalist from Ukraine!
Andrew Pavlovsky was named Ye! Entrepreneur Ukraine at the Boost training and Hackathon event sponsored by The Development Facility of the European Fund for Southeast Europe for his idea ‘Department Action’, a start up dedicated to create collaborations between investigative journalists and lawyers to fight corruption.
Now the head of investigative journalism department for online channel "17 kanal", Andrew graduated from Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts and has previously worked for a mange of national and online media channels.
His investigations mainly focus on corruption in the political system of Ukraine, as well as social problems like organ trafficking. Recently Andrew directed a documentary called ‘Organ trafficking: Ukrainian market’ and himself became a donor, to show how actually a black market organ trade works. In 2013, accompanied by two film crews, Andrew flew to Turkey to shoot the entire chain of Ukrainians’ criminal trade. All footage was handed over to law enforcement authorities as early as 2013. While making his investigations he found out that journalists’ actions were not effective because of corruption issues in Ukraine. So he decided to start ‘Department Action’.
Andrew said that the Ye! event helped him to understand what his project was missing thanks to the lecturers, mentors and developers that he met. He is now looking for future international partners, as this, in his opinion, is the only way to drive a company effectively.
Offering an innovative slant on what it means to be a social entrepreneur, Andrew's work is inspiring and challenges problems within existing systems to create a better future for everyone. Keep up the great work, Andrew, we look forward to your next story!