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.

Political support for Ukraine in the face of aggression from a neighboring country is a central element of our foreign policy, particularly in regards to the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Estonia has been an active collaborator for Ukraine in the areas of developing the rule of law (including the reform of law enforcement agencies), promoting security and resilience (including cyber defense and combating disinformation), supporting independent media, and raising the quality of education, and these areas will also be prudent in the future. Considering the ongoing military activities, Estonian humanitarian aid is also important, which helps to improve the conditions for people living in war zones.

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. There are currently 27 ongoing projects in Ukraine.

Global Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine

Priority Areas of Estonian Development Cooperation in Ukraine

  • The development of democracy and the implementation of good governance practices – contributing to reforms (including the implementation of e-governance and secure digital solutions in public administration, the fight against corruption, and legal reform); supporting regional development (including cooperation with local government units and promotion of community policy); strengthening independent media; involving civil society in governance and shaping reform processes; improving participatory democracy and the ability to participate in good governance.
  • Support for business environment and innovation – contributing to the development of start-up companies; supporting the development of small businesses; increasing employment.
  • Supporting education – updating the education system (including vocational education); developing curricula.

Relevant Documents

Ongoing projects in Ukraine

Project Project dates Project implementer
Development Program for Export Consultants in Ukraine II year 01.08.2021–30.08.2022 OÜ Turundusproff
Challenger AI – creation of acceleration program for aspiring entrepreneurs and sectorial experts in Ukraine 01.09.2021–31.08.2022 Civitta AS
Local Ownership of Democracy: Transparent Governance on Local Level 01.09.2019–31.08.2022 ESTDEV
Up-to-day Cyber Hygiene Techniques to Enhance Resilience of Energy Sector in Ukraine 01.07.2021–30.11.2022 MTÜ Euroopa Küberjulgeoleku Initsiatiiv
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
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
Empowering women and internally displaced people by raising awareness of the field of diversity and inclusion in Eastern Ukraine 01.09.2021–28.02.2023 Estonian Human Rights Centre
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
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
Development of regional police management capacity and leadership in the Headquarters of the National Police in Chernihiv and Kirovohrad Oblasts of Ukraine with the help of the experience of the EPBGB 01.11.2021–31.08.2023 Police and Border Guard Board
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