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Topic: Infrastructure

Building back better in Ukraine: Contexts and conditions

Modified: Apr. 22 2024 Streaming

Reconstruction in Ukraine involves the rebuilding of physical, economic and social infrastructure including bombed-out cities and towns. It implies first and foremost providing a place to live for 8 million refugees and 6 million internally displaced people. However, it goes beyond rehabilitating housing blocks from the Stalin era; it is about building new communities.

"Building back better" presents an opportunity to promote better governance, combat corruption, strengthen decentralization, social inclusion, and participation. Organizing new cities, institutions, and communities also involves implementing lessons learned from the pandemic. Importantly, it means promoting green urban development within a climate adaptation framework and strengthening the rights of marginalized and excluded groups.

The programme

  • Opening
    Elisabet Haugsbø, President, Tekna and Diana Huynh, Chair, Habitat Norway
  • Key note speech:
    Reconstruction in Ukraine in a historic, comparative perspective

    Filiep Decorte, UN Habitat
  • Damage report 3. The amount of incurred damages to social, economic and physical infrastructure
    Zuzana Stanton-Geddes and Thomas Farole, The World Bank
  • The role of non-stat actors in ensuring Ukraine’s resilience
    Lesia Ogryzko, RISE Ukraine, EDNANNIA, Dep. Chief of Project "Civil Society Sectoral Activities"
  • Development partners’ policy dialogue with the Government of Ukraine
    Karlis Smits, The World Bank
  • Building back better. Conditions for balanced regional construction and development
    Oleksandr Anisimov, Kharkiv School of Architecture
  • Some main principles – the “Nansen programme”/ Norwegian Aid to Ukraine
    Anatolii Kyryliuk, Norad
  • Panel discussion:
    The role of civil society in “building back better”

    Moderator: Ellen de Vibe, former Chief of Planning, Municipality of Oslo
    Leslia Ogryzka, RISE – Ukraine
    Oleksandra Deineko, Oslo Met (NIBR)
    Christian Stryken, The Co-operative Housing Federation of Norway (NBBL)
    Alfonso D. Rengifo, Architects without Borders
    Natalia Yeremeyeva, The European Wergeland Centre

To reduce future dependence on foreign aid, it is crucial for Ukraine to own planning and implementation processes.

The organizers Habitat Norway and Tekna Samfunnsutviklerne, underscoring the importance of understanding the contexts and conditions of reconstruction, welcome you to this seminar.

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