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.

Rebuilding 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:

  • Reconstruction: Deliver resilient, inclusive, and sustainable recovery and reconstruction projects.
  • EL accession: Support Ukraine to become a democratic, independent, and prosperous member state of the EU
  • Digital Transformation: Promote and develop transparent e-services across the sector
  • Education: Advance education management, digital skills development and education innovations, including digitalization of education system and e-learning
  • Democracy: Strengthen strategic communication, independent media, and fight against disinformation

Global Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine

Priority Areas of Estonian Development Cooperation in Ukraine

  • Democracy good governance – contributing to structural reforms; supporting regional development; strengthening independent media; including civil society in governance and reform processes
  • Entrepreneurship – contributing to the development of startups; supporting the development of small businesses; increasing employment
  • Education – updating the education system to meet the needs of the labor market; developing digital competences

Relevant Documents

Ongoing projects 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