Goal-oriented Advanced Training in Three Phases
1. Phase: April – June
In the first phase of the program the emphasis is put on transfer of knowledge and exchange of experience. To facilitate this process, at first participants are supposed to independently acquire basic knowledge with the help of a reader. Afterwards, during a set of seminars at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) they will be given an opportunity to discuss the reading material together with other participants, as well as deepen their knowledge by means of communication with established experts. At the end of the seminars, they will also be informed about opportunities for cooperation and encouraged to develop their project ideas further.
European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), April 27-29, 2017
The opening event will take place at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and will primarily be devoted to the general introduction into the country’s ethnography. In contrast to such university formats as scientific summer schools or conferences, the main focus of the project at its initial stage lies on the transfer of general knowledge about Ukraine in the fields of history, language and politics and on its contextualization in the current Ukrainian realities in the process of discussions.
Besides the transfer of knowledge, one of the workshops during the first meeting in Frankfurt will serve the purpose of mutual exchange and elaboration of individual working plans with the help of the following questions: Where does the actual demand in expertise on Ukraine lie for my institution? Is there already experience with planning and organization of bilateral projects available? Can new projects be based on this experience? What kinds of projects, publications, events or cooperation appear to be possible? Who could be a suitable cooperation partner?
2. Phase: June – November
The second phase features an excursion to Kyiv which allows to explore the relevant issues further in dialogue with local experts, as well as to arrange meetings with potential Ukrainian project partners. As a result, participants can elaborate the emerging project ideas in more concrete terms in the process of mutual exchange and intensify the ensuing cooperation.
Kyiv, June 22 – 25, 2017
After the introductory information and the main approaches to the most topical current discourses in Ukraine are presented at the opening session in Frankfurt (Oder), the second set of seminars taking place in Kyïv will aim to deepen the previously acquired knowledge through meetings with key Ukrainian experts in the fields of politics, mass media, civil society and economy and to facilitate dialogue during the common workshops and discussions. The project’s phase in Kyïv takes the format of an excursion. However, while an individual acquaintance with the city is surely implied, the main focus of the this phase lies on the dialogue: workshops and meetings with Ukrainian decision-makers from the fields of politics (meetings with representatives of state ministries and political parties), economy (meetings with representatives of professional associations, events at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Ukraine), NGOs and mass media should serve the purpose of finding partners for common projects.
Participants from the German side are expected to be matched by participants from the Ukrainian side in terms of their common fields of specialization in order to enable the development of common project ideas by means of their professional experience exchange.
In addition to that, one evening event will feature a public podium discussion followed by a reception that is supposed to bring various local actors from a wider context together. Besides the Ukrainian decision-makers and multipliers, the invitations to the event will be extended to the selected representatives of the German and international institutions working in Ukraine (representatives of NGOs, delegation of representatives of the German economy in Ukraine, news journalists).
3. Phase: December – May
The third phase of the project is devoted to the concrete opportunities for actualizing and implementing the resultant projects. To that end, transfer of practice-oriented knowledge in the field of binational projects is planned. Afterwards, participants will be further assisted by Ukraine Calling in the implementation of their projects.
Berlin Talks. Berlin, November 15 – 17, 2018
The meeting in Berlin bears a double character. One of its main objectives is to elaborate the project ideas further with the help of practice-oriented workshops on the basis of knowledge obtained in Kyïv. In contrast to the opening seminars in Frankfurt (Oder), the emphasis here is placed less on the transfer of knowledge and more on the mutual exchange and discussion with regard to concrete opportunities for project realization.
The meeting will also involve experts with hands-on experience and multipliers with experience from transnational project-management workshops that will share insights regarding the possibilities for implementing the project ideas. Besides that, a series of discussion rounds with various NGOs active in Germany (e.g., European Exchange Service, MitOst, APOLLO), that already have long-standing experience of project work with Ukrainian partners, is also planned.
In addition to that, a public podium discussion with prominent speakers, followed by networking-oriented talks, will give participants an opportunity to present their new project ideas.
Accompanying the resultant projects
So long as the practice-oriented approach and the focus on participants’ ability to be independently active with their own Ukraine-related projects constitute one of the central elements of the program, the certificate of participation in Ukraine Calling can be issued only after the project brings about some clearly visible results and not right at the end of the seminar phase of the program. Among such results one can consider publications, solid cooperation with Ukrainian partners, organization of Ukraine-related events (round tables, podium discussions, youth exchange encounters), but also detailed project drafts for further activities (e.g., transnational workshops) that are enabled due to the network capacities that have been created within the framework of Ukraine Calling.