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Research Project Facilitator

Pexels/Kindel Media
Pexels/Kindel Media

Civil society organisations play a key role in the recovery and EU integration of Ukraine. The Research Project Facilitator promotes independent analyses by regional think tanks and NGOs, deepens their cooperation with local authorities and counteracts brain drain.

As part of the UA Transformation Lab project, the IEP has developed a mentoring programme for Ukrainian think tanks and NGOs together with its Kyiv partner organisations Cedos and the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF). The aim is to enable young researchers in Ukraine to develop innovative ideas and implement them in cooperation with local authorities.

A total of 64 organisations applied for the programme. The three most convincing submissions each receive 5,000.00 euros for their research and publication of the results by summer 2024. In addition, they will receive advisory support from experts from the IEP and Cedos networks and take part in a series of workshops to improve research design, exchange experiences and network. Training on policy analysis and advocacy communication in times of war is also offered. The three selected projects are:

Syla Hromady - "The Way Home"

Since the beginning of the war of aggression, Syla Hromady has been providing humanitarian aid and psychological counselling in Kolomyia, a town in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast in western Ukraine. The NGO aims to open a veteran centre in cooperation with the city council. The team analyses the needs of war returnees and their families in the urban area of Kolomyia to develop effective strategies to support them.

NGO 3.5 % - "Non-refundable education: how small municipalities massively lose young school-grads to migration (and never see them back)"

The city of Mukachevo in western Ukraine has the second largest university in the region but is struggling with a shortage of qualified staff. The 3.5% team has set itself the goal of analysing the local education and employment system and understanding the motives behind the emigration of young people. The findings should help local authorities to develop strategies and programmes to counteract brain drain in the region.

The Seven Storey Mountain - "Transition: perennials in urban planning and urban design"

Perennial plants that can cope with climate change and conserve resources improve sustainability in urban areas, contribute to a better quality of life and make the cityscape more attractive. The NGO The Seven Storey Mountain is researching the use of resilient plants and developing sustainable strategies and policy guidelines for green urban development together with the city of Lutsk.

IEP wishes the three selected organisations much success in implementing their research projects!

Team & authors

About the UA Transformation Lab: Think tanks for Ukraine’s reconstruction and EU integration project: 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.

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