On May 23-24, 2023, the annual Brussels Forum (Brussels, Belgium), organized by The German Marshall Fund of the United States was held. This year, the event was held in the SQUARE conference center and was dedicated to the formation of the post-war international system, the key pillar of which, according to the forum organizers, should be the restoration of Ukraine in accordance with the modern Marshall Plan.
World opinion leaders, representatives of business and civil society gathered at the forum. The main issues discussed at the forum were:
- the role of civil society in the recovery process and its leadership in certain aspects;
- a system of collaboration between key stakeholders to fill gaps in the recovery process and avoid duplication of efforts;
- improving cooperation between donors and civil society in order to strengthen joint efforts.
At the workshop of the Forum, dedicated to the problems of Ukrainian restoration and development of civil society, a report on the topic “Energetic civil society as a transformer of change” was presented by Doctor of Philosophy in Political Sciences Olena Dmytrenko, a junior researcher of the Department of Political Institutions and Processes of our Institute.
Olena Dmytrenko at the Brussels Forum
The speaker emphasized that modern Ukrainian civil society has become more active, and the number of public organizations has increased significantly, while, as the results of the study have shown, 80% of public organizations are ready to participate in the restoration of the country.