We have trained civil society groups from across Ukraine on conflict issues and are providing some with small grants to develop their own peacebuilding projects.
The conflict in Ukraine has killed over 9,000 people and left over 1.2 million displaced in their own country (IDPs), while many have also fled to Russia as refugees. Despite a shaky ceasefire, fighting, sometimes heavy, occurs weekly on some frontline areas.
The training, which was held this month in Odessa, brought together 20 groups and individuals interested in contributing to peacebuilding and social change. It created a safe space for people from different regions, backgrounds and opinions to meet and exchange ideas.
All groups selected to take part are actively involved in their communities and motivated to support local peace efforts in this fragile context. They received training on conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity and strategic planning, and found out how to apply these approaches to their own particular work.
A number of groups that took part in the training will also be provided with small grants to support their own peacebuilding projects. The training was therefore also focused on project management, and learning how to put good ideas into action.
Find out more about our work in Ukraine.