Vidnova Lab

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has severely damaged or destroyed large parts of the country, harmed critical infrastructure and disrupted millions of lives. Due to the severity of losses, Ukraine’s recovery is predicted to span over the next couple decades and will require a concentrated effort of all the engaged parties, from small local communities and municipalities to big international partners and donors. It will entail not only physical reconstruction of architectural objects, but a socio-economical recovery as well.

Despite the ongoing attack on Ukrainian territories and continuing losses, the first initiatives that focus on reconstruction have already emerged. Vidnova Lab is a program that aims to strengthen the voice and role of Ukrainian civil society in these processes and make sure that civil society actors have the capacity to facilitate the dialogue between the communities and authorities, as well as to advocate for the necessary solutions and ensure the transparent dialogue about these solutions before the decision-making stage.

Vidnova Lab is a networking program concentrated on ecosystem mapping and prototyping of solutions dedicated to recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine.

Vidnova Lab addresses activists and professionals who are involved in the following topic clusters of civil society:

  • Participatory urban development;
  • Green recovery;
  • Educational innovations;
  • Culture infrastructure;
  • Commemorative practices;
  • Transparency and  anti-corruption;
  • Mental health and resilience;
  • Work with vulnerable groups;
  • Others.

Fellows’ profile

  • An activist, a leader, founder, manager of an NGO or charity organisation, a researcher of a think tank or university, living in Ukraine or abroad.
  • Is professionally engaged in the field, relevant for recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine.
  • Wants to network with other peers in topics related to recovery and reconstruction, assess the needs and resources of the ecosystem, prototype solutions and work on a common roadmap for civil society.
  • Has capacity to commit to a 6-months fellowship on a part-time basis.

Core Elements

A 6 months fellowship
One decentralized meeting per topical cluster
Two network meetings in Berlin
Working in a duo with another peer actor of a civil society from your topical cluster
Mapping the ecosystem and prototyping a solution in your duo

Call for Applications

Please see the PDF above to learn more about the requirements.
Applications for Vidnova Lab
are currently closed.
Applications will be accepted until
Sunday, 8 October 2023, 23:59h
Vidnova Lab
For fellows in Ukraine and other European countries.

Vidnova Lab is created by Commit by MitOst gGmbH with kind financial support of EVZ Stiftung and Robert Bosch Stiftung, in partnership with Ukrainian NGO Insha Osvita.