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UA Transformation Lab: Think tanks for Ukraine’s reconstruction and EU integration

Serhii Ivashchuk / istock
Serhii Ivashchuk / istock

The UA Transformation Lab combines research on reconstruction and EU integration of Ukraine with a capacity-building programme on policy analysis and advocacy. It strengthens bilateral dialogue and knowledge transfer between Germany and Ukraine.

Ukrainian civil society has proven resilient despite the ongoing Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Think tanks in particular are key in Ukraine's transformation and EU integration process, as they provide analytical support to the Ukrainian government in times of war, do monitoring and accompany the reconstruction process in the sense of further integration with the EU.

The martial law, which is currently in place, leads to a certain lack of transparency in political decision-making. Therefore, it is very important to use windows of opportunity for cooperation between civil society and politics. There is a need for a national strategic approach to reconstruction that also involves local actors. The research planned in the project will foster these collaborations and thus democratic mechanisms.

Targeted capacity building within the UA Transformation Lab strengthens the analytical skills of young Ukrainian researchers and enables them to conduct effective advocacy work for a Ukrainian and international audience. At the German-Ukrainian Breakfast Debates, which are alternately taking place in Kyiv and Berlin, Ukrainian and German experts and decision-makers from politics, business and civil society discuss current developments in both countries.

The UkraineMEMO podcast and regularly published infographics on the most important aspects of bilateral cooperation contribute to knowledge transfer between Ukraine and Germany.

IEP is implementing the activities with the Kyiv think tanks Cedos, Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) and New Europe Center (NEC). The UA Transformation Lab is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.


Duration: 01 July 2023 – 31 August 2024
Image copyright: Serhii Ivashchuk / istock