On May 18-20 DRA in the partnership with VOSTOK SOS organised another field mission to eastern Ukraine. The experts from Germany, Poland, France and Ukraine took part in the mission. The participants travelled 700 km along the contact line to asses the conditions of the daily llife of civillians in the proximity to the military positions, relations between civil military administartions and civilian population and illegal businesses such as coal mining. Particular attention was paid to the hot points where the shellings are the most frequent – Avdiivka, Mariinka and Zolote. One of the mission participants, Yuliya Shukan mentioned: "The most interesting I think was to explore relationship between local populations (their fragile living conditions, expectations towards authorities), civil society activists and military-civil administrations (MCA). We saw that MCAs lack money for everything, except when there is a big factory in a city, like the coke plant in Avdiivka, that may replace the state in some instances and finance reconstruction. We noted that there is still no legal mechanism for compensating damages caused to the private housing (beyond the question of relevance of reconstruction in areas under the constant shelling). Finally, the institution of MCA is very controversial as it is a non-collegial one and decisions depend in last resort on a single person. We met two heads of MCAs (one with background in military and another from state security service) and two deputies (people from the former Party of Regions (party of the former president Yanukovych), that are still in charge and continue to run current affairs). So from the point of view of sociology of local authorities and MCAs, it was also very interesting to observe different profiles and ways of doing things. Finally, the tense relationship between MCA and some local activists who try to monitor public procurement at the local level are also very instructive"
Read more … Participants of the field mission to eastern Ukraine researched peculiarities of life of civilians near the frontline, operations of military-civillian administration and problems of illegal coal mining
The DRA invites youth workers and youth leaders from Germany, Russia, Estonia and Poland (18-30 years old) to take part in the Training-course “Working with historical memory in non-formal citizenship education” in Berlin on May, 31 – June, 6/7/8.
Read more … Training-course “Working with historical memory in non-formal citizenship education”
We will study, make friends and work together! The international volunteer camp gives plenty of opportunities. The participants from different countries will learn about each other's lives, about the history and development of Ukraine and the Donbas region, will be able to discuss ideas for new joint projects, listen to and tell stories about their achievements and experiences of overcoming conflict.
Read more … Call for applications: International volunteer camp in Sloviansk, Ukraine
Today, 10th of April the Kick-Off seminar for the projects selected under Environmental call for awareness in climate change among youth of the northern dimension regions started in Moscow.
Read more … Kick-Off Seminar: ACCT! – Acting on Climate Change Together!
The position of a Director for the DRA Resource Centre in Slоviansk (Donetsk oblast) is available from 15th June 2019. The post is full-time (40h/week).
Read more … Vacancy: Director for the DRA Civil Society Resource Centre in Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine
About the complicated everyday life near the front line in the East Ukraine and the difficulties of reconstruction such cities as Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and Severodonetsk told Olena Lunova (Human Rights Center "Zmina", Kyiv), Oleksandra Dvoretska (VOSTOK SOS, Kyiv/Severodonezk) and Tim Bohse (DRA, Berlin). The discussion took place on April 4 in Bratislava and was organized by the DRA in cooperation with the Slovak Foreign Policy Society. Moderator - Samuel Goda.
Read more … Discussion in Bratislava: Life in the everyday Hell
More than 13.000 children and teenagers from 15 regions of the country took part in the first nationwide elections of the U-18 as part of the new DRA project "Mitwirkung gestalten".
Read more … The results of the youth elections U-18 in Ukraine are published!
40 teachers, school principals and representatives of other educational institutions from Minsk (Belarus) took part in an educational trip to Berlin and Brandenburg, devoted to the problem of sustainable development. The trip was organized by the DRA and took place from 26 to 29 March.
Read more … Study tour on Sustainable Development
Namely: to the new president of the football federation, Vladimir Bazan, who previously worked in the military sphere, as well as to the popular group Belarusskiye Pesnyary, who wrote a song about the legend of Dynamo Minsk, Alexander Prokopenko.
Read more … New Newsletter of Fan-Culture Project for the first time dedicated to Belarus
The initiators of the accusation against Oyub Titiyev are the people who initiated the annexation of Crimea and the war in the East Ukraine. They impede the joint development of Europe and above all harm their own country.
Read more … Opinion: Destroyers in the Face of History