In 2016, Fondation Hirondelle initiated and supervised the production of a website on the issue of decentralization in Ukraine, through the cross-views of six young Ukrainian journalists, accompanied by two western journalists specializing in the country. We have been working since the end of 2014 on the development of a project in this country that is still facing a devastating information war.
A first evaluation mission to Ukraine, at the end of 2014, enabled us to identify a need for developing a network of local media and journalists in order to produce independent, reliable websites, TV, and radio information programs. This project would strengthen the existing media to offer their audiences a balanced viewpoint and stimulate dialogue and debate, especially in the sometimes forgotten regions of Kiev.
In the spring of 2016, we put in place our first pilot activity thanks to the support of the Vidrodgenia Foundation. The objective was to cover decentralization, a major problem for the resolution of crises within the country, through perspectives given by six young Ukrainian journalists accompanied by two western journalists specializing in the country. This confrontation of different viewpoints, in regions often overlooked by the national media, resulted in the production of live reports, as close as possible to the concerns of the population. These productions were broadcast by Ukrainian and Swiss media, and posted on a dedicated website: ukraine.hirondelle.org