Eighth interview of the “Klartext” series: Economic analyses for Ukraine and beyond

As part of the project “Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation” (PAIC), the eighth interview in the “Klartext” series with Ukrainian think tanks has just been published. This time around, Dmytro Boyarchuk, Economist and Executive Director of the think tank CASE Ukraine, elabo­rates on the history and current foci of his renowned economic research institute as well as the on-going Ukrainian reforms from a trade and economy perspective.

The interview sheds light on how CASE Ukraine finances itself without donors to maintain the greatest possible degree of indepen­dence in its analytical work as well as on the secret of the award-winning project “The Price of the State”. Boyarchuk also provides answers to the questions what role the Ukrainian diaspora and remit­tances play in the country’s economy; which of the contem­porary reform packages are partic­u­larly successful; how the Ukrainian admin­is­tration could function more efficiently; and what specific forms of cooper­ation between CASE Ukraine and the Ukrainian government exist.

CASE Ukraine emerged from a project of the Harvard Institute for Inter­na­tional Devel­opment in 1999 and is member of the CASE Network, linking think tanks from Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus and Russia. CASE UA analyses economic issues first and foremost with focus on social and budgetary policies, small and medium-sized enter­prises and inter­na­tional trade and hence serves as a crucial contact point for the Ukrainian government and inter­na­tional organ­i­sa­tions such as the World Bank or UNDP.

The interview series “Klartext” aims to increase the presence and public awareness of Ukrainian think tanks, both within Ukraine and Germany. Additionally, the series engages to convey an image of the overall think tank landscape and general devel­op­ments within Ukraine. Particular attention is set on the challenges that Ukrainian think tanks are facing regularly, as well as their role for the imple­men­tation of domestic reforms.

The project “Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation” (PAIC) promotes the Ukrainian think tank environment and foresees sustainable exchange between German and Ukrainian experts and researchers. PAIC is conducted by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP, Berlin), in cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv) and the think tank initiative “think twice UA” (Kyiv), and is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The full interview is now available in German and Ukrainian.


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