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THE ROLE OF DIALOGUE IN CONFLICT PREVENTION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN UKRAINIAN SOCIETY


During September-November 2014 there were 6 training seminars conducted to enhance the capacity of local activists together with local authorities and the media to prevent and resolve conflicts in a multicultural society. The activities were carried out in a framework of the project "Common future of the Ukrainian society after the Maidan. Promoting mutual understanding and cooperation in conflict prevention", implemented by the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Association of People Universities (DVV International) represented by the office in Ukraine and the Integration and Development Center for Information and Research with the financial support by the German Foreign Office.

Training took place in two phases of three days each in three cities of Ukraine: Odessa, Lviv and Kharkiv. 65 activists from different parts of Ukraine participated in trainings, the most from the target regions of the project: Chernivtsi, Odessa, Poltava, Kharkiv, Lviv, Kyiv region. Several of them represented Vinnytsia, Chernihiv, Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, Sumy, Zhytomir, Zaporizhia, Ivano-Frankivsk regions.

The training program was constructed so that all participants could acquire skills to work in a multicultural environment, to lead a group facilitation process, managing inner-group conflicts, to be able to analyze the situation and prevent conflicts. Particular attention was paid to inter-cultural and inter-regional dialogue in Ukraine, including the issues of different identities, development of stereotypes and discriminatory treatment of different groups of people. One of the main challenges discussed was the provisions of internally displaced persons, including government policy toward them, social and psychological issues of adaptation and integration in other regions of Ukraine, and the consequences of hostilities.

A separate block of training was devoted to legal basics, forms, models and mechanisms of interaction between the local community, society and government, citizen participation in decision-making, dialogue for local development.

According to the participants evaluation the training program meet urgent needs of community activists, and at the same time creates the foundation for building future relations, facilitates recognition of diversity as a value and resource for conflict-free coexistence and common development.

Programs of first and second trainings (in Ukrainian).

Pictures from the seminars:

Lviv, 31 October - 2 November, 2014
Odesa, 7-9 November, 2014
Kharkiv, 14-16 November, 2014

The project is scheduled for 7 months, and in addition to trainings it includes various activities aimed at creating a positive critical thinking and dialogue between different groups in the regions of Ukraine and at the cross-regional level (dialogue of different views and perspectives of development of a country or city, village, district) to reduce the level of aggression and violence prevention, hindering the polarization of society, including through assimilation and implementation of international experience.

 

 


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