Support to Ukraine Reform Conference 2022

Switzerland will co-host the 5th Ukraine Reform Conference in Lugano (4-5 July 2022). In addition to events held outside Ukraine, Switzerland will support an inclusive and multi-stakeholder in-country preparatory process to generate broader support for reforms and to present concrete commitments at the conference itself. For this purpose, it will organize a series of activities in Ukraine including civil society, the private sector, local authorities, academia and government institutions.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Culture / development awareness
Development awareness
Democratic participation and civil society
16.10.2021 - 31.12.2024
CHF  750’000
Background The Ukraine Reform Conference (URC) has become a key annual international event dedicated to the expert discussion of the progress of Ukraine's ongoing comprehensive reforms process. Over the past years, it has been an important platform that brings together Ukrainian and international stakeholders to assess the democratic transformations and reforms, which have taken place in the country since 2014. Until now, the reform process has been carried out by the government with a top-down approach. Broader support from different stakeholders of society, including at the regional/local level, is required for the effective implementation and long-term success of the reforms.
Target groups

Direct: Ukraine government, private sector (SME’s, multinational companies, banks, business associations), civil society (NGO’s, media, academia), international partners (World Bank, UN, EU, EIB, EBRD, NATO, G7, US, etc.) 

Indirect: Ukrainian citizens

Medium-term outcomes

- Discussion platform is utilized by a wide range of Ukrainian stakeholders to chart a course for future immediate and long-term reform efforts

- Inclusiveness of the Ukrainian reform process is promoted and anchored

- Ukrainian citizens, civil society, academia and the private sector are motivated to play a more active role in co-shaping and advancing the reform process in Ukraine


Expected results:  

- Ukraine Reform Tracker to monitor progress of key reforms

- Inclusive advisory groups to propose recommendations/commitments for reforms in different thematic areas

- Events, workshops and exchanges on key reforms with participation of a wide range of stakeholders of Ukrainian society

- Conference website with key information and a platform for discussion

- Reform outreach campaign to generate support for reforms among different stakeholders

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Private sector
  • Foreign private sector South/East

Other partners
Economist Impact, international development partners, local organizations and external service providers (website, outreach campaign)
Coordination with other projects and actors Close coordination with the Government of Ukraine and international development partners to shape the preparatory process in Ukraine, in close collaboration and synergies with development partners (national and international) of Swiss Cooperation Programme in Ukraine
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    750’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    605’903 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   850’000
Project phases Phase 1 16.10.2021 - 31.12.2024   (Current phase)