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#13 UkraineMEMO: Shaping innovative development cooperation


How can development cooperation be modernised? A question that German-Ukrainian project partners are asking themselves, even in times of the Russian war of aggression. More flexibility could create a framework to better shoulder the tasks together.

What counts in development cooperation is the long-term effect, the impact. To achieve better results, a funding landscape is needed that allows local partners to react flexibly to crises. In Ukraine, this became particularly evident after the start of the large-scale Russian war of aggression. Bureaucracy and overregulation are a burden for local organisations in such a constantly changing situation. Instead, a framework should be created that local partners can fill with their know-how and creative ideas.

What factors determine success and innovation in development cooperation? How can a change from an indicator-based to a more impact-oriented approach be achieved? What role does Ukraine play in this context for other Eastern Partnership countries?

We discuss these and other questions with our guest: 

Dr. Bohdan Androshchuk, Head of the Eastern Partnership Unit at ChildFund Deutschland e.V. and co-founder of the Ukrainian Social Venture Fund.

Moderator: Ljudmyla Melnyk, Research Associate at IEP, Berlin.

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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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