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#15 UkraineMEMO: Germany as a partner in reconstruction


In order to keep Ukrainian cities and communities habitable, reconstruction is already in full swing. It is not just a matter of restoring the physical infrastructure, but rather, under the motto "building back better", of creating more ecological and EU-compliant structures.

The damage caused by the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine is estimated at several 100 billion US dollars. Not only infrastructure has been destroyed, but also the Ukrainian economy. In addition, there are social and societal consequences of the war. For reconstruction to succeed, a holistic approach is needed that includes reforms, democratic participation, sustainability, corruption prevention, but also the role of women in recovery in terms of a feminist foreign policy. Furthermore, an international framework must be created to secure urgently needed investments from the private sector.

Part of Germany's solidarity and commitment to Ukraine is the Platform for Reconstruction of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The initiative brings together societal actors in Germany, provides information and strengthens expert dialogue.

What opportunities does the reconstruction process in Ukraine offer for Germany? What role do Ukrainian municipalities and civil society play? What can the BMZ platform achieve and what not? What insights does the Ukraine Recovery Conference, which took place in London on 21/22 June, provide?

We will discuss these and other questions with our guest:

Dr Ulrike Hopp-Nishanka is Head of the Ukraine Project Group at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Moderator: Nataliya Pryhornytska, political scientist, activist and co-founder of Open Platform e.V. and the Alliance of Ukrainian Organizations.

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With its podcast "UkraineMEMO: Interviews, Analysis, Policy Advice", IEP presents new perspectives on Ukraine. With guests from Germany and Ukraine, Ljudmyla Melnyk and Nataliya Pryhornytska discuss recent developments in the areas of Ukrainian politics, economy and society and thus provide an insight into events on the ground that are moving the country. Ukraine's relationship with Germany and the EU is always kept in mind.

UkraineMEMO podcast is produced as part of the "UkraineForward: amplifying analysis” project funded by the MATRA Programme supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine, and implemented by Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) with its partners. The opinions expressed are those of the podcast host and guests only and should not be considered as reflecting the position of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands or IWPR.

The first nine episodes of the podcast UkraineMEMO: Interviews, Analysis, Policy Advice were produced as part of the project "German-Ukrainian Researchers Network" (GURN, 2019-2022) and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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About the Podcast UkraineMEMO project: Making expertise on Ukraine accessible is the aim of the UkraineMEMO podcast. With experts from civil society, politics and business, we analyse current events and long-term trends and promote better mutual understanding between Germany and Ukraine

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