Dialogue for understanding and justice: European NGOs working together for conflict resolution in Donbas

The project started in 2018 by a German NGO Deutsch-Russischer Austausch (DRA) to strengthen civil society in Ukraine, Russia and the EU, to unite efforts for conflict resolution in Donbas, to promote human rights, democracy and rule of law in Ukraine. The project has three components: monitoring, a civil society center in the conflict zone and activities within the international civil society platform CivilMPlus. (1) Monitoring includes regular media screening of the situation in the temporarily occupied territory and international monitoring missions to the conflict zone. (2) Drukarnia is a civil society hub based in Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine. Its dedicated team promotes active citizenship, environmental protection, local and regional political participation, and fosters international exchange with European partners. (3) International civil society platform CivilMPlus unites more than 20 NGOs and experts from Ukraine, Russia and the EU. They inform their governments and communities about the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, implement projects in the spheres of peacebuilding, transitional justice, dialogue and human rights.