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ANNOUNCEMENT / Civil society in the Chernihiv region

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We cordially invite you to the presentation of a study on local civil society and its needs in the Chernihiv region. This will be followed by a discussion on the social situation in the region and initial experiences in local fast recovery. The event takes place on May 23rd, from 10:00 till 12:00, at the premises of Heinrich Böll Foundation (Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin).

The Chernihiv region (oblast) was largely occupied by Russian troops in the first weeks of the full-scale invasion and is one of the ten regions of Ukraine most affected by the destruction of the war. The Russian occupation, which lasted around 40 days in February-March 2022 and covered almost two thirds of the region, has left deep scars. The proximity to Russia and Belarus, as well as constant shelling of the border areas, further complicates the situation.

Despite all the challenges, local civil society is making plans for recovery together with the local self-government and is seeking support and new partnerships. We will be speaking with three representatives from the Chernihiv region about the local needs and expectations of Germany.

We hope for your interest and look forward to your participation!


10:00 Welcome words

Robert Sperfeld, Consultant for Eastern and South Eastern Europe, Heinrich Böll Foundation

Kateryna Stetsevych, Head of the Project Group Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb)

Mattia Nelles, Co-Founder & CEO, German-Ukrainian Bureau (DUB)

10:15 Presentation of the study "Civil society in the Chernihiv region: factors of resilience, acute needs, participation in local recovery"

Inna Nelles, Co-Founder, German-Ukrainian Bureau (DUB)

10:40 Discussion about the situation in the Chernihiv region with:

Nataliya Drozd, Director, NGO "Dobrochyn", Chernihiv

Olena Yatskova, Deputy of the Chernihiv Oblast Council, Head of the Department of Culture, Family, Youth and Sports, Horodnya City Council

Kateryna Hutorka, chief specialist, Department for International Cooperation and Investment, Nizhyn City Council

Moderation: Tetiana Lopashchuk, Project Lead, German-Ukrainian Bureau (DUB)

12:00 Lunch and informal get-together

The number of participants is limited. Please register by May 21 here.

The event will be held in English.

* This event takes place as a part of the project "Local Resilience & Recovery: Capacities of Ukrainian Civil Society in the Chernihiv Region", which is implemented by the German-Ukrainian Bureau(DUB) and funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb).


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