Our Pro­jects

LibMod runs several Ukraine-related pro­jects, making the centre the largest Ukrai­nian initia­tive (by the number of pro­jects, areas of inter­ven­tion and human resour­ces invol­ved) by a German non-profit organization.

I           Ukraine ver­ste­hen (Under­stan­ding Ukraine)

Our website is a unique online resource for ana­ly­sis, inter­views and back­ground reports about Ukraine, its rela­ti­ons with Germany and the EU, ranging from poli­tics and eco­no­mics to culture, from inter­na­tio­nal rela­ti­ons to history. The site aims to raise awa­reness about Ukraine as an inte­gral part of Europe among German-spea­king audi­en­ces through mul­ti­fa­ce­ted and impar­tial exper­tise. Moreo­ver, Ukraine ver­ste­hen regu­larly hosts public dis­cus­sions on Ukraine in German and English which are archi­ved on the website.

Archive of past events.

II          Ukraine in Europe: the par­lia­men­tary dimension

The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office from 2021 to 2022. It con­sists of two key com­pon­ents.  First, it aims at deepe­ning par­lia­men­tary dia­lo­gue between Ukraine and Germany and making it more sub­stan­tial. Our key issues are the reinte­gra­tion of Donbas and Crimea, as well as mutual Remem­brance Culture in Germany and Ukraine. Also, we include French and Polish MPs and their staff to offer a broader per­spec­tive. Within this com­po­nent, four closed-door mee­tings of MPs, their office staff and staff of the Ver­k­hovna Rada of Ukraine, the German Bun­des­tag, the Polish Sejm and the French Natio­nal Assem­bly, as well as two public events will take place in 2021 and 2022. Strong expert input through sepa­rate expert mee­tings and policy papers will bring more sub­s­tance to the par­lia­men­tary debates. Also part of the pro­gramme is a field trip to Ukraine for MPs and experts from outside Ukraine.

The second com­po­nent focuses on enhan­cing the Ver­k­hovna Rada’s capa­city to promote the Green Deal agenda in Ukraine and support the imple­men­ta­tion of necessary reforms. Issues like CO2 pricing, cir­cu­lar economy, rene­wa­ble energy and waste manage­ment will be raised throughout the project. Expert brie­fings for MPs and their staf­fers, closed-door dis­cus­sions, public round tables and the pre­pa­ra­tion of ana­ly­ti­cal reports and short papers are key acti­vi­ties of this component.

The project is being imple­men­ted in part­ners­hip with the East Europe Foun­da­tion (Kyiv).

List of publi­ca­ti­ons and infor­ma­tion about past events and future acti­vi­ties.

III        Ukraine Insights

Ukraine Insights is a series of closed-door policy and expert mee­tings on Ukraine. It regu­larly brings tog­e­ther a select group of government offi­cials, think-tank experts and prac­ti­tio­ners based in Berlin. Exter­nal experts are also invited on an ad-hoc basis. It pro­vi­des an infor­mal plat­form for in-depth dis­cus­sion of deve­lo­p­ments in Ukraine, and for iden­ti­fy­ing future trends and exch­an­ging views on EU and German policy options. We cover a broad range of issues, inclu­ding Ukraine’s party poli­tics, formal and infor­mal decision-making, the reform process in various policy areas, and Ukraine’s rela­ti­ons with its inter­na­tio­nal partners.

List of past meetings

IV        Expert dis­cus­sions on long-term EU policy towards Ukraine

The project aims at offe­ring input for the EU’s long-term policy towards Ukraine through a series of closed-door expert dis­cus­sions.  Experts from EU member states, but also from the US and Ukraine will be invol­ved. Altog­e­ther, 5 expert mee­tings will take place between Sep­tem­ber 2021 and January 2022, with policy input papers written exclu­si­vely to offer in-depth exper­tise. The mee­tings will not only focus on future policy options but will also look cri­ti­cally at the array of current pro­grams and approa­ches and suggest how (if) they can be impro­ved and/​or better imple­men­ted. This project is funded by the German Foreign Office.

V         Remem­brance Culture

This initia­tive aims at raising awa­reness about little-known chap­ters of Ukrai­nian history and German-Ukrai­nian rela­ti­ons in the his­to­ri­cal per­spec­tive. In Novem­ber 2020, we publis­hed a collec­tion of essays titled „Under­stan­ding Ukraine. On the foots­teps of terror and vio­lence“. In autumn 2021, a second edition of the book will be publis­hed within the series “Ukrai­nian voices” by the ibidem publi­shing house.

Our remem­brance project aims to reveal the largely unknown fate of the Jewish pop­u­la­tion in Ukraine during World War II. In autumn 2021, we hope to estab­lish­ a memo­r­ial on the site of the 1941 Odesa mas­sacre. This project is funded by the German Society for Inter­na­tional Coop­er­a­tion (GIZ).

Read more about this project (in German)