Young generation will change Ukraine

 Thanks to the human capital and natural resources the potential of Ukraine is great. Current political, economic, social and environmental state of Ukraine is, however, really bad. To use the potential of Ukraine to the maximum extent possible, the country needs total transformation of all organs, institutions of the state, economic and social systems, environmental policy.

1. Who will be able to carry out such a transformation?

People of the young generation (20-35 years old) - active members of NGOs, civil servants (deputies of rayon and city councils) and senior students will be able to perform the transformation with the help of older and more experienced advisers.

2. What are their characteristics?

They are young citizens who plan to live and work in Ukraine and to improve its condition. They have some knowledge of the outside world and speak foreign languages. They are professional and ethical, active in public and political life of the country and can work in teams.

3. How will these people act?

They will create groups of 5 to 7 people, ideally composed of a lawyer, a political analyst, an economist, a sociologist, a cultural anthropologist or people with experience or at least deep interest in the mentioned spheres.  

The groups will study the experience of some of the European countries that reached the highest level of human and economic development and can be characterized as having:
  • Full political freedoms (transparency and openness of government);
  • Certain level of economic prosperity for the whole population
  • Social justice, especially in education, healthcare, employment, pension schemes, etc.
  • Coexistence with the biosphere (nature, environment) rather then its exploitation, destruction, pollution. 

4. Which states match the criteria mentioned above?

These are Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Poland can also be added to the list as a country which corresponds to some of the criteria and which passed through an interesting political and economic transformation (shock therapy) at the beginning of the 90ies. It is a friendly neighboring country; an influential EU member and most active supporter of Ukraine’s association and hopefully membership of the EU.

5. What should the groups study?

All the components of the societal architecture of the mentioned countries:
  • Constitution;
  • Structure, powers and responsibilities of the government authorities: President or Chancellor, Cabinet of Ministers, judicial system and local self-government); system of effective decision-making and implementation of state policies;
  • Society-government and NGOs-government interaction systems;
  • Ideologies of three key parties and their programs of actions;
  • Economic system, the role of the state in the national economy, relations between employers and trade unions; 
  • Social system: science, education, healthcare, culture and sports;
  • Environmental policies.

There are elements in each country which should be studied with a special attention. In Switzerland – it is the decentralization of power and decision making on the basis of consensus. In Germany – socially-oriented market system, co-determination, powers of the federal lands of German Federation. In Austria – the way it could build modern economy without damage to the environment. In Sweden – the role of trade unions in innovations and increase in productivity, role of banks in the industrial sector. In Norway – the energy system, saving part of the earnings from oil industry for the future generations. In Poland – transformation processes.

Besides the above mentioned elements, members of the groups are free to study other spheres of life, other laws and institutions which could help Ukraine become an effective state.

6. What are the methods and stages of the studies?

  • Groups will first study basic information about the chosen country over the Internet, from the literature and from elder competent advisors;
  • Then the groups will communicate with the respective embassies in Kyiv, meet with the Ambassador or his counselors;
  • After the above the first one-week to 10 days trip to the chosen country is planned. To properly understand the country one should sense it. The trip will also increase the motivation of the group to pursue the subsequent study more effectively. 
  • The group will then choose and study the components for the future architecture of the societal order of Ukraine;
  • With time the second trip will be performed in order to hold meetings on the higher level to prove the findings. 

7. What will the groups do with the lessons learned and how will they act after the studies?

  • Exchange and discuss the results of their studies with the other groups;
  • Spread the progressive ideas and concepts in the society to make people believe that Ukraine can become an effective country, as its neighboring countries, some having much less natural recourses then Ukraine;
  • Take part in groups in the elections on rayon, city and oblast levels;
  • Final stage is the creation of the political philosophy and ideology of the wide spectrum or creation of several ideologies and parties: socialist, liberal and centrist.
  • Having clear ideology, vision and program of action they should get public support and necessary resources in order to take part in the elections to Verkhovna Rada as a critical mass. Even if they would be a statistical minority, they could become ‘moral’ majority. Verkhovna Rada after the elections in 1990 is a good example of such moral majority. 25+ of the deputies were former political prisoners, poets, writers, dreamers, idealists. They had a clear vision: an independent, democratic and just Ukraine. All their proposals were accepted by the ideologically bankrupted communists. It was the beginning of the transformation without a revolution. It failed because of the split of the Rukh party. Second try will be more successful because it is not directed against anyone, but simply for a better Ukraine.  

8. What is the structure of the program “Young Generation Will Change Ukraine”?

This is a one-year program with the cycle being repeated for several years. Each year new groups with new participants will be created. The best participants of the previous years will be involved in the process of coordination of the new groups. At the same time they will be working on the development of the “architecture of the societal order” of future Ukraine. The objective of the program is to create a critical mass of young people who could begin the process of transformation of Ukraine. At the end of each year a special conference will be held with all the program participants, representatives of the NGOs, administrations, experts and interested youth taking part in it. 

9. What is BHCF’s role in the program?

  • Bohdan Hawrylyshyn as head of the foundation as well as members of the foundation team will take part in the meetings with young people to give them guidance and inspiration to continue the studies, to enhance their interest to do something for Ukraine and to make them believe that they are able to change the current situation. Head of the foundation has already given lectures/presentations of his books (Roadmaps to the Future, Identity in the Globalized World) and held discussions with many thousands of young people in all regions of Ukraine. 
  • The Foundation has developed the conception of the plan of how to form the groups, what to study, how and where to do it.
  • All the groups work on the voluntary basis, though the Foundation can finance trips to the chosen countries and cover other expenses connected with the process of studies.

In short, the role of BHCF is the creation of the vision and conception of the program, arranging a plan of work, financial support and coordination of the program. 

10. How to take part in the program?

  • Organize a group of 5-7 young people, representatives of different professions and spheres of interest.  
  • Chose one of the proposed countries, prepare a complex research plan of the country; indicate spheres of interest of each member of the group.  
  • Fill in an application form and send it to with resume and motivation letter from each group member attached.


We accept application forms from June 1 till October 31, 2014.

Contact information:

Roman Melnyk
Program Coordinator  -  

Olena Bekreniova
Director  -