Dialogue for Change

The division of society in Ukraine not only prevents a peaceful democratic dialogue, but also constructive cooperation of social actors at all levels in the current upheaval. Seemingly irreconcilable tension lines are not only between the eastern and western Ukraine, they also separate the people within a neighborhood or village and the current division and conflicare apparent at all layers of society.

The programme "Dialogue for Change" is designed to help overcome these social cleavage by a strengthening of civil society and dialogue in Ukraine. The programme operates on three levels:


  • At the local level, a civic engagement and peaceful dialogue program with 14 Maysternyas (workshops) for about 280 young adults in eight regions of Ukraine. During the course of six trainings, sixty young proffesionals will gain the knowledge of how to be a "community developer" through a non-formal civic educaion program.
  • With "UkraineLab" a national network of civil society was created, which is supported as an "agent of change" through mutual shadowing, training in "capacity development" and conflict management as well as network meetings.
  • At a European level 12 long-term partnerships in the framework of TANDEM Cultural Managers Exchange will be created between Ukrainian and European civil society organisations. The tandems are jointly conducting projects in "Community Development" and culture of democratic dialogue and are involved in a European network.


At a local level, it is noticeable that social bonds do not exist between civil society organizations in the peripheral areas and rural areas. Outside the center of these areas there are no attractive educational programmes, organisational structures and role models for social leaders. Building a culture of dialogue and advocacy for the collective responsibility for the future of Ukraine is of emerging importance. Civil society actors can play the role of translators, moderators and they can function as bridge builders. So it is possible to put the ideals of a pluralistic and democratic society into practice with specific projects and campaigns in local communities.

Ukrainian Network for Adult Education and Development of Innovations (UNAEDI) is an NGO operating on national level in Ukraine, which was officially registered in August 2010 by the team of trainers, researchers and NGO leaders from different regions of Ukraine. The mission is to create a favorable environment for intellectual capital in order to develop innovations, new research strategies, and to improve non-formal education methodology for a variety of different society layers and professions in Ukraine. More information at unaedi.org.

The Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg inspires, qualifies and supports young people to be an active part of their civil society.

TANDEM is an exchange programme that assists cultural organisations in developing long-term working relationships, knowledge development and networking opportunities with project partners from Europe and beyond. The aim of the programme is to connect and inspire cultural managers by supporting the sharing of knowledge and experience across geographical and cultural borders. Further information at tandemexchange.eu.


Annegret Wulff

Tel: +49 (0)30 31 51 74 80
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Ukrainian Network of Adult Education and Development of Innovations