Emerging Europe presented the Future of Emerging Europe Sustainability Report 2022 highlighting the commendable progress the region has made in implementing ESG (environmental, social, governance) principles.
Despite the war, Ukraine is among the brightest examples of digitalisation, resilience, and tech for good practices.
Some points and findings:
- “Russia’s invasion has also shown exemplary leadership in wartime. One is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — “one man who by his own personal strength and integrity has inspired millions outside of Ukraine to see this as a just war he and his people are fighting against an unjustified invasion,” as described by Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former UK foreign secretary. Another is Mykhailo Fedorov, a 31-year-old deputy prime minister and minister of digital transformation, who has helped the country conduct the first ever digital war against the invader.”
- Craig Turp-Balazs, Emerging Europe: “Digital public services can make government more efficient and transparent, while as Ukraine has demonstrated, they can also make countries more resilient. So why is there so much reluctance to them, especially among employees in the public sector?”
- Natalia Denikeieva, Director of IT industry development department, Head of Diia City Project Office, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine: “The key task for us today is not to stop, but to move forward to victory. We are not only focused on fighting the enemy, but also on creating the conditions for rapid reconstruction of Ukraine in the post-war period. In order to accomplish this, we are working on issues related to education and job creation.”
- George Dubinsky, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation: “Importantly in the context of the Russian invasion and the large numbers of internally displaced people, Ukrainians can also use the app to change their registered address. A simplified war-time digital ID has also been created, available to all Diia users and recognised by local law enforcement. Ukraine has also secured agreements with neighbouring countries to accept.
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- Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.
- MacPaw Development Fund
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.