Ukraine was the first country Estonia began supporting, in 1998. Since 2006, Ukraine has also been one of the priority target countries for Estonian development cooperation. Estonia supports the reform plan from the 2014 EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which began implementation in 2017. Estonia also champions the development of democracy and the strengthening of state structures, including the fight against corruption, e-government, and the introduction of information and communications technology solutions.
Since 1998, Estonian development cooperation has supported Ukraine in the amount of 24.7 million euros. During this period, 492 projects have been implemented in Ukraine. As of September 1, 2022, there are 25 ongoing projects in Ukraine.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Estonia has sent more than 20 million euros worth of humanitarian aid, more than €255 million worth of military aid to Ukraine, and collected 17.8 million of private donations to help Ukraine to win the war.
Estonia is one of the first countries to start physical rebuilding of Ukraine. To ensure children’s education and support women and children affected by the war, Estonia has decided to build a kindergarten in the town of Ovruch. The construction of the kindergarten is being carried out by ESTDEV, to which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated 1.9 million euros to fund the work.
Estonia’s focus on rebuilding Ukraine:
Global Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine
|Project||Project dates||Project implementer|
|Enhancing Societal Resilience through Strengthening Local Media and Developing Media Literacy in Western Ukraine||01.07.2021–31.12.2022||ESTDEV|
|Strengthening Democratic Processes, Rule of Law and Good Governance in Eastern Partnership Countries||01.04.2018–31.12.2022||ESTDEV|
|Mitigation of COVID-19 socio-economic consequences in the education sector in the crisis area of Ukraine||01.01.2021–31.12.2022||NGO Mondo|
|Development of Export Academy in Ukraine||01.08.2021–31.12.2022||OÜ Turundusproff|
|Empowering female activists in Eastern Ukraine (acronym I AM @ MEDIA)||01.09.2021–31.12.2022||Tartu Ülikool|
|Strengthening Ukraine’s Societal Resilience through Building Regional
Expertise and Analytical Capacity in Civil Security Issues
|14.06.2021–31.01.2023||The International Centre for Defence and Security|
|Cooperation between vocational education institutions with vocational education institutions of Volyn regions in Ukraine||01.09.2021–28.02.2023||Olustvere Teenindus- ja Maamajanduskool|
|Supporting vulnerable women’s entrepreneurship in eastern Ukraine (3)||01.11.2021–28.02.2023||NGO Estonian Refugee Council|
|Development of technological startu-up entrepreneurship in the Eastern Ukraine region||01.11.2021–28.02.2023||Garage48 OÜ|
|Up-to-day Cyber Hygiene Techniques to Enhance Resilience of Energy Sector in Ukraine||01.07.2021–28.02.2023||MTÜ Euroopa Küberjulgeoleku Initsiatiiv|
|Sharing Estonian experience in support of Ukrainian vocational education reform in cooperation with the EU program EU4Skills||01.06.2020–31.03.2023||The Education and Youth Board|
|Challenger AI – creation of acceleration program for aspiring entrepreneurs and sectorial experts in Ukraine||01.09.2021–31.08.2022||Civitta AS|
|Improvement of small businesses and development of the university education system through research and promotion of tourism clusters in rural areas in Ukraine||01.09.2021–01.05.2023||Tallinna Ülikool|
|Entrepreneurship training for Ukrainian journalists and veterans||01.09.2021–01.05.2023||SA Estonian Business School|
|Support for Rule of Law in Ukraine in the Areas of Police, Public Prosecution, Anti-corruption and Good Governance||01.10.2020–31.05.2023||ESTDEV|
|Supporting settlements along the contact line with humanitarian aid in eastern Ukraine (2)||01.06.2021–31.05.2023||NGO Estonian Refugee Council|
|Extension of NGO Mondo’s digital competences programme to Luhansk oblast’s schools and psychosocial support in the crisis area of Ukraine||01.06.2021–31.05.2023||NGO Mondo|
|Capacity Building of the Under-Reform Hennadii Udovenko Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine||01.07.2021–30.06.2023||Estonian School of Diplomacy Foundation|
|Support to Ukraine`s Efforts in Tackling Disinformation||01.03.2022–31.08.2023||ESTDEV|
|Raising the awareness and skills of Ukrainian SMEs and creative entrepreneurs in online marketing and sales||01.11.2021–31.10.2023||SA Tartu Loomemajanduskeskus|
|Development of innovative capacity and entrepreneurial competence of Ukrainian universities: sharing best practiceof Estonia (UnivEntre)||01.10.2021–01.06.2024||Tartu Ülikool|
|Stair to excellence: enhancement an efficient and solid higher education system in Ukraine||01.10.2021–30.09.2024||The Education and Youth Board|