We are the Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine. We help connect over 30 Ukrainian dialogue initiatives to begin drawing a picture of what is happening in the country and how to build lasting peace.
We work with Ukrainian dialogue actors to help increase the impact of their work and analyse their results. We believe that by learning about each other and promoting exchange through mapping we can help build cooperation, coordinate efforts, and ultimately promote positive change.
Our aim: to support the contribution of dialogue as a useful tool for peace and stability in Ukraine.
The Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine is an initiative of mediatEUr in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP). mediatEUr and the UNDP are raising funds this summer for a follow-up project in late 2016.
Our team is built of mediation and dialogue experts, dialogue mappers, policy advisors and technology wizards based in Ukraine and in Brussels. Together we comprise an innovative team that aims to work with community actors and inform policy processes.
In the last year, we have built an online system designed to make dialogue more visible and measurable. We call this “dialogue mapping technology”, which helps us take the benefits of social media, maps and big data and apply them to dialogue work in a way that feels simple and intuitive.
Capturing dialogue content
What is each dialogue about? What are the main challenges people are worried about? What are the solutions proposed?
What is happening where? Who is working on dialogue in the different regions?
Analysing issues and trends
How are different issues related? What are the main clusters of conflict? Is there anything we can do to prevent them?
Our next steps
During the last year, we have piloted the building of the Dialogue Support Platform. Until September 2016, we will conduct an evaluation of what we have achieved and design a strengthened follow-up project. Our aim: to scale up our work to reach decision-makers and make it a country-wide effort.
Our priorities for a follow-up project are:
- To continue mapping community dialogues and building their capacity.
- To continue engaging local authorities and bring in actors from the national level.
- To engage more international organisations and support the coordination of efforts.Support the monitoring of reform packages.
- To build bridges with policy actors and authorities to inform their work.