In March, DRA started it 2nd project ‘Dialogue for Understanding and Justice’ for strengthening civil society in Ukraine, Russia and the EU to contribute to the conflict resolution in eastern Ukraine. This ambitious initiative is timely as the situation in Donbas needs sustainable improvement in both security and human dimension. To prevent escalation, support human rights protection and enhance the efforts for the safe reintegration, the project has three interconnected components: (i) international civil society platform CivilMPlus; (ii) civic monitoring of the conflict region; (iii) civil society center ‘Drukarnia’ based in Sloviansk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine.
All project’s activities are aimed at strengthening civil society – at the local, national and international level. Seven years of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict have shown that current political and diplomatic efforts need reinforcement, as the stabilization on the ground has not been fully achieved, and human suffering on the ground is still acute. Civil society is able and willing to provide such reinforcement to the peace process, through wide participation and consultations.
The project ‘Dialogue for Understanding and Justice: Strengthening civil society's contribution to conflict resolution, democratic and regional development and the preparation of safe reintegration in eastern Ukraine’ is financially supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.
On 9 April 2020, following the amass of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border and the heightened risks of military escalation, the international civil society platform CivilMPlus published a statement calling on the Russian Federation and the international community to prevent the escalation in Donbas. The statement urged international mediators and observers to act on the basis of agreed procedures and to find resources for constructive negotiations.
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The DRA is currently looking for a new head of the project. The job is full-time and based in Berlin. It will start either on June 16, 2021, or at the earliest possible date. Applications will be accepted until 23rd May, 2021. More information see: https://austausch.org/news-details/job-vacancy-head-of-international-project/