Ukraine’s Recovery. Priorities, Risks, Inclusiveness. Qualitative Research

The war has actualized the following issue for us: what kind of country are we building?

Although there are still fights in our land, Ukraine’s recovery has begun. It is happening not only in the territories of the de- occupied communities. The recovery is taking place wherever we are revising our values, ways of interacting, institutional framework of social relations. In the communities that received a significant number of people from affected cities and villages; in the communities trying to ensure life and survival in frontline zones; in the communities that have turned into logistics hubs; in the regions that began to care about the integrity of our economic and energy system.

Together with the European Union, the International Renaissance Foundation launched the “European Renaissance of Ukraine: a Civil Society Initiative for Sustainability and Recovery” project. Its goal is to increase the contribution of Ukrainian civil society to the political dialogue about EU integration and the restoration of Ukraine.

We must understand how civil society organizations that will work in this field see the recovery of Ukraine. What priorities do they see, and what are the risks and conditions for an effective recovery? How do you determine your role in these processes, actors, and the level of trust in them? A qualitative study commissioned by the Foundation and with the support of the EU was conducted by The Independent Research Center “Soсioinform” to find out. The study was conducted from May to June 2023 and analyzed 32 in-depth interviews with civil society representatives.

Objectives of the study:

  • To understand how the public sector sees recovery 2. To determine the measures necessary for the recovery of the country
  • To determine the measures necessary for the recovery of the country
  • To assess the effectiveness of recovery agents in Ukraine during the war
  • To determine the functions of the main subjects of recovery and outline the vision of the optimal architecture of the recovery processes
  • To assess the risks and conditions of the effective recovery from the point of view of the representatives of non-Governmental Organisations
  • To present actual and potential cases of Ukraine’s recovery, to determine the factors of their success

Respondents were public organizations that declared their readiness to participate in recovery processes at the national, regional, and local levels in cooperation with public authorities, as well as those NGOs and analytical centers that monitor authorities, in particular, have anti-corruption expertise. Public organizations that work with IDPs and veterans, business communities, etc., were also involved in the interviews.


The research has been prepared with the support of the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation within the framework of the joint initiative “European Renaissance for Ukraine”. The material represents the position of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the position of the European Union or the International Renaissance Foundation.

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