Ukrainian Peacebuilding School. About the Project

Ukrainian borderlands conflicts resolution and prevention strategies developed and sampled by joint task-forces of local activists and local authorities.

Ukrainian Peacebuilding School’s mission: prevention and transformation of violent conflicts in Ukraine.

The project objective: develop strategic frameworks for implementation and policies at national, international and local levels.

The project is operating from September 3, 2014.

Peacebuilding education goal: conflict management by means of supporting the formation and development of local communities, which includes a number of interrelated tasks:

  1. selecting and training community activists;
  2. developing programs and training materials, presenting and promoting success stories. Developing peacebuilding education standards for CSOs and journalists, and acquiring necessary skills;
  3. monitoring and supporting local initiatives advanced by the participants of the education process;
  4. establishing peacebuilders network for cross-sectoral, cross-regional and international cooperation.

Civic peacebuilding: a set of actions aimed at the prevention and transformation of violent conflicts by CSOs.

Who are we and who are the coalition members: think tanks, organizations that professionally study conflicts, participate in their resolution and provide education, human rights organizations, big network organizations with affiliated offices across Ukraine and abroad, activists and civil society organizations in regions, state institutions involved in policy making in the areas of security, education and science, national memory and control of public finances. The coalition members include organizations from Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Complete list of the coalition members

Why you should be with us and not with others: inclusive project, which ensures interaction between state institutions and civil society organizations, and builds up expert community both at the national and international levels.

Our work is based on field experience.

Main types of conflicts that we study:
1. identity conflicts;
2. ethnic or religious conflicts;
3. conflicts of historical narratives; and
4. conflicting visions of common future

The project operates on the free territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Kherson region (new borderlands with Crimea), Odesa region (Southern Bessarabia, the border with Transnistria), and Azov coastal area. We also study conflicts in Zakarpattya and Bukovyna. The project work in Volyn has been completed.

Nice leaflets on our project are available in Ukrainian and English.

Based on networked efforts of these activists, experts and journalists we plan to develop detailed set of strategic frameworks to deal with the issues, experienced by Ukrainian society, which are the key to building sustainable peace in Ukraine:

  1. A strategic framework for the integration of internally displaced persons, victims of war and military into local communities
  2. A strategic framework for the development of wide area public communications to resist an “infowar” and the atomization of society
  3. A strategic framework for the development of peacebuilding education
  4. A strategic framework for dealing with traumatic and divided past
  5. A strategic framework for building a common vision of community specific models of local governance
  6. A strategic framework for enhancing the social capital and inclusiveness of female peacebuilders and peacebuilders representing ethnic minorities

See also  Ukrainian Peacebuilding School. Major Problems Detected and Solutions Proposed