Taking Action Online for Ukraine

Together, we can make solidarity the norm

 

To shape a new future, unleash the power of solidarity, and demand peace, we can all be the change and be heard, even if it is just one click at a time. This is the reason why ConnectAID launched its International Solidarity Network, your social media hub for humanitarian and sustainable development. The first event available on the platform was dedicated to Taking Action Online for Ukraine

 

The world community must do everything possible to avert a hurricane of hunger, meltdown of the global food system, and a decline in all SDG indicators globally.

ConnectAID has put together a social network dedicated to humanitarian aid and the 17 SDGs. This is a place where we can share ideas on how to help the victims of this war.

Together, we have the power to make international solidarity the norm.

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How to take action online for peace in Ukraine

What is happening today in Ukraine is one of the largest humanitarian crisis on the European continent since World War II. ConnectAID strives to support the connections that link those experiencing need with those able to provide help across the world, and it is at times of tragedy when the network of friends, colleagues, and supportive people we’ve never met can be vital. We believe that peace is the only solution to this crisis, and that every voice counts, including yours.

Whatever help is needed, be it expertise, funding, advocacy, housing, etc., we can help connect the givers to those in need. See below for our most current suggestions for how to help the victims of the war, and to help build the connections of a better world.

Together, we can do our part to help those who deal with the sufferings of war and help the victims to adapt to a completely new way of life if these are even the right words to use. We're asking anyone who wants to help to step forward! Tech community, innovators, marketers, designers, humanitarian aid providers, educators, and all problem-solvers – this means YOU.

Join ConnectAID as a collective, we can make a significant impact!

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“Only together, can we tackle the challenges of sustainable development: poverty, hunger, climate change, inequalities… What is happening now in Ukraine is a wake up call. It is time for the online collective to take action for peace and reinvent solidarity-one click at a time.”
Gaelle Mogli, Founder of ConnectAID

  • How about donating online instead of sending goods? Here is why...

    The Ukrainian crisis will lead to immense numbers of internally displaced people and refugees fleeing from conflict in the country, and its impact will be felt by many for the months and years to come. Financing will be needed for a longer amount of time as the crisis unfolds long-term – and other countries are affected, too. The global community must continue to support the country for as long as the crisis lasts.

    Most charities primarily need monetary donations instead of donations of objects, such as clothes, or food. Cash donations may feel impersonal to some. It is much more fulfilling to pack stuffed animals and imagine the smiles they will put on the faces of little children. However, monetary donations remain the most efficient way to help: it allows real coordination, equitable distributions, targeted actions, purchases of food and items from local places, long term plans etc…

    ICRC explains here why, unless we are responding to a specific donation request from a community member or organization, we should invest funds instead of sending goods.

    Anyone who prefers to donate things could consider purchasing the goods in the local community. All proceeds could then be donated to organisations helping refugees. Monthly donations are the most impactful as nonprofit organization need to provide support in the long run.

  • Invest in local NGOs ?

    Donating to local NGOs in bordering countries dealing with refugees, is also the best option. Why? Because they know what they are doing. This is their home. They have the experience. And they are also often the ones losing their local staff to bigger organizations arriving on the ground, who are offering bigger salaries, even if short term. Local NGOs need funds to continue their actions, to make sure their knowledge and expertise is used for more impact.

    ConnectAID vetted the following organizations for direct donations (100% goes to them) and strongly encourage you help them fulfill their mission:

    Migration Consortium is a collective of local NGOs at the Ukrainian border in Poland, front line workers impacting many Ukrainian lives:   Donate 

    The International Social Services (ISS) for children on the move, including those from Ukraine : 

    Donate 

  • Raise your voice on social media ?

    Through social media or by joining any social events, you can raise your voice for this war to stop. Ultimately, peace is the only solution to this problem.

    Here is an idea of post which we could all share: "I stand for peace, with the people of Ukraine. Every voice counts. You too, you can take action online and make your voice count. Here is how you can help: www.connectaid.com  - #TakingActionOnline with #ConnectAID: #StandUpForUkraine.

    A few social media tips:

    1. Share, retweet, like, comment on initiatives benefiting vulnerable communities:  One click at a time, we will increase our visibility and therefore our impact.

    2. Write daily posts on your social media to support peace

    3. Share only verified information from trusted sources. Disinformation is a part of the war.

    4. Share as much fact-based information as you can.

    5. Use the following hashtags, so that we can also retweet, share or support your posts: #TakingActionOnline with #ConnectAID: #StandUpForUkraine.

    6. Tag @connectaid_int so that we increase our collective online power!

     

    Join the world's largest social media rally: 

    1. Film a video, explaining why you’re standing up for Ukraine.

    2. Post it on social media, tagging people you want to stand up and using #TakingActionOnline with @ConnectAID_int: #StandUpForUkraine.

    ConnectAID and Global Citizen will be watching and amplifying the best posts.

  • Listen to Youth and what they have to say about peace?
    Children globally feel hopeless about the situation in Ukraine and how it is affecting the learning and lives of their global peers. Allowing them the possibility to speak, ConnectAID is providing a space for Youth Voices and students globally to share their concerns, fears and hopes for a better future. ConnecAID is now working on a campaign with youth voices to increase solidarity with Ukraine.

    Follow us on our social media to ‘Hear them Speak’ through creative art, music, speech and writing!
  • Help get the stories out by supporting journalists on the ground ? 

    Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian and Russian journalists have been working in extremely difficult conditions. Ukrainian journalists have seen their cities bombed and sometimes their homes or newsrooms destroyed. Some have had to seek refuge abroad.

    Russian journalists are suffering the most severe censorship imposed on the country since the Soviet Union. Independent media outlets have been closed down, and the best writers have had to go into exile to avoid prison. Together, we can take action online and help them get their stories out. 

    Also, there are many online petitions such as supportukrainenow. Why not join? 

  • How about joining our social network dedicated to international solidarity?

    ConnectAID is launching its interactive social network dedicated to solidarity and sustainable development.

    The International Solidarity Network is a free social network, which works just like any other platform: in a few clicks, you can create your member profile, with access to private messages, the ability create posts with photos and videos, group chats, updates by Sustainable Development Goal, discussion forums...and more.

    On the International Solidarity Network you can:
    • meet people nearby,
    • join various community spaces such as the Youth Academy
    • engage in communities in different languages,
    • find volunteering opportunities,
    • watch livestreaming,
    • join international online events, meetings and webinars related to sustainable development.

    You can even download a mobile app on your phone, join courses, follow concrete actions on the ground from our vetted NGO partners active all around the world, and be inspired by humanitarian and environmental action to be part of the change.

    In brief, this is the place to be for purpose, solidarity and SDG online action. Your network. The place to take action online for the victims of this war. And there will be many, from all around the world...

    We invite you to join, it is free and meaningful. 

    Join the network

  • Read a book to learn how to take action online and join our online events related to Ukraine ?

    ConnectAID’s Vice president Adam Rogers wrote ”Taking Action Online for the environment, social justice and sustainable development” This book connects the many dots in the social media landscape and provides step-by-step advice on how to mobilize support, build communities and inspire action for the results we need to create the world we want.

    “  Social media enables and empowers us to connect with others across time and space, connecting the dots to form a picture of us as we were meant to be—an “us” without a “them.” When we have realized our collective potential as a human race, we will no longer need a “them” to blame for our problems. For ultimately there is no them, there is only us, currently 7.53 billion of us on a warm rock spinning through cold space, trying to figure things out. So, let’s get busy and connect the dots.”

    Adam Rogers

     

    Join the online event

     

     

    Event: Taking Action Online for Ukraine

    Our Vice President Adam Rogers hosted an online event with Eventology.io called #TakingActionOnline for #Ukraine in April 2022.

     

    More events will follow.

     

    Key Speakers

     

    adam.jpg Adam RogersAuthor of Taking Action Online, Senior UN Adviser, Vice president of ConnectAID 

    Adam Rogers brings ConnectAID more than 25 years of experience as a strategic advisor at the United Nations, and 10 years as a journalist and entrepreneur. 

    Reknown author, his books include The Earth Summit: a Planetary Reckoning; The Intrepid Traveler; The No Mammal Manifesto; and Taking Action Online for the environment, social justice and sustainable development. When asked what motivates him most, his answer is simple: a world based and informed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

    espinoza.jpg Mark NabongChief Legal and Operating Officer at ConnectAID
    Mark works in the development of renewable energy infrastructure and clean transportation. He has held positions at Tesla, NRDC, and the Smithsonian. Mark is a licensed attorney and member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, RotaryOne of Chicago, and the Order of Malta. He lives in Barcelona with his family and supports Celtic FC in Glasgow. 

    Mark has been Chief Legal and Operating Officer at ConnectAID since 2020 and participated in the World Summit of SDG Influencers.
     
    dan.jpg Neal WalkerFormer United Nations Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, Diplomat in Residence at Eckerd College

    Neal Walker, a professor and “Diplomat in Residence” at Eckerd College in Florida, was previously in charge of United Nations operations in Ukraine. 

    Neal worked for the United Nations for 28 years, and for the Organization of American States for six. Aside from Ukraine, his work took him to Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, and Bangladesh, implementing action in development, human rights, humanitarian response and conflict prevention. He also served the UN at its headquarters in New York.

    adam.jpg Myroslava KerykLeader of the Ukrainian organisation in Poland, Representative of the Migration Consortium for Ukraine

    Historian, sociologist, specialist in the field of Ukrainian migration to Poland. President of the Management Board of the "Our Choice" Foundation, project coordinator at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, editor-in-chief of the monthly "Nash Vybir". She received the "Golden Wachlarze" award from IOM Polska, the Metropolitan of Lublin Memoria Iustorum for  Polish-Ukrainian dialogue, and the Honorary Badge of Merit for Warsaw. She represents ConnectAID's NGO partner Migration Consortium, a group of 9 NGOs working together to respond to the needs of refugees at the Polish border near Ukraine.

     
     
     
    Iryna Domnenko Iryna DomnenkoProject manager and head of the Institute of Analysis and Advocacy resource center

    Iryna Domnenko is currently working on projects aimed at increasing the organizational capacity of NGOs in Ukraine. She is a participant and presenter of the IAA experience at international conferences. Currently, Iryna is developing a resource center in the IAA - training and consulting products for NGOs and businesses. 

    Anna Anna BondarenkoFounder of the Ukraine Volunteer Service CSO

    Anna Founded NGO aimed at developing volunteer movement in Ukraine. Ukrainian Volunteer Service runs educational programs on management for NGOs, promotes volunteer activities in
    Ukraine and empowers volunteer communities and non-profit organizations.

     
     
     
  • Volunteer online?

    Join the UNV program recruiting for Ukraine and neighboring countries

    Help with translations with translators without borders - Provide medical help - For Lawyers to support Ukrainian refugees - Join ConnectAID as a volunteer to help provide communication support to our NGO partners.

  • Become an SDG Influencer and advocate for solidarity with Ukraine?

    Join the world’s top social media SDG influencers at the forefront of harnessing online networks to build forward better, to support humanitarian aid and to promote action in the achievement of the 17 SDGs. Here is how you can join the list of SDGInfluencers:

    Sign up to join

    "We are each a dot in a constellation of possibilities. On our own, we can discover, refine, and contribute our talents to the greater good. But when we are inspired by others, learn from others, and join forces with others, we become an unstoppable movement."

    Adam Rogers, Author of Taking Action Online, ConnectAID Vice president

  • For NGOs providing support to Ukraine : join forces with us! 

    We are now opening our doors to new organizations to join ConnectAID as an International NGO partner. Here are several options we offer to our vetted partners:

    Become an impact member of ConnectAID
    Becoming one of NGO partners will allow you to have your organization page and your project page(s) on our giving platform and join our social network (minimum annual administration fee required for partners to help share the costs) . You will then be able to collect donations directly through your paypal account and join our community of change makers.

    In addition to your own communication and fundraising, our audience and outreach of millions of social media impressions will be occasionally encouraged to donate directly to your cause. We will also help you Increase your visibility by tagging you, including you in our events and eventually posting some of your content to promote our impact on the ground.

    Create your own community space on our social network
    On our interactive solidarity network, you have the option to create your own private or public space: a dedicated hub just for your organization, community or cause, with access to direct messages, events, live videos, posts and more. You can build your network, connect with ours, and expand your reach for your events or fundraising.

    Empower your social media outreach
    As a nonprofit organization, you need a social media presence. But working in silos is time-consuming and rarely allows you to shine in the digital space. From copywriting your weekly posts on twitter, FB and LinkedIN, to growing your audience, we can take care of your social media management for you.
    You can also choose to partner with us for a specific SDG related campaign or event, and we will help you spread the word internationally through our extended networks which can reach up to 2 million individuals.

    Please check our vetting process for partnerships and contact us for more information about our communication support.

  • Please don’t forget other international causes...

    Ukraine is one of the largest agricultural producers globally. The impacts of the crisis will be felt worldwide. Those already affected by the economical impacts of Covid 19 will suffer the most…

    Yes, people of Ukraine need help. But there are other causes too, and we can’t forget them! Here is where you can find your cause and make a difference outhere. All donations go directly to vetted nonprofit organizations impacting lives on the ground.

    Find your cause

    All around the world, ConnectAID covers a wide range of humanitarian and development aid projects related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the international community. These 17 objectives form the core of the 2030 Agenda and address all major development priorities:

    • Goal 1: End Poverty
    • Goal 2: Zero hunger
    • Goal 3: Good Health And Well-Being
    • Goal 4: Quality Education
    • Goal 5: Gender Equality
    • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
    • Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
    • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Goal 13: Climat Action
    • Goal 14: Life Below Water
    • Goal 15: Life On Land
    • Goal 16: Peace, Justice ans Strong Institutions
    • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

  • Do not hesitate to share your ideas or initiatives on how to help the victims of this war !

    Share your ideas with other people on our social media, tag us, use the hashtags #TakingActionOnline with #ConnectAID: #StandUpForUkraine, and bring it to life!

     

    Sources: ConnectAID.org, supportukrainenow.org, globalcitizen.org, ISS.org,  UNV, “Taking Action Online” by Adam Rogers. This list is not exhaustive and provides links to non partner organizations. Our goal is to help. 

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The war in Ukraine : its impact on the SDGs and global human development

Article by Adam Rogers, ConnectAID's Vice president

 

In 2015, drawing on the relative success of the Millennium Development Goals, the world came together at the United Nations to create a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They came up with Agenda 2030, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, designed to address the many global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.  All 193 United Nations member states adopted the Goals, the boldest manifesto that humanity has ever developed, as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

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    Acknowledging the world was slipping behind in ambition and action, world leaders again convened at the SDG Summit in September 2019, calling for a Decade of Action, pledging to mobilize funding and financing, accelerate national implementation and strengthen institutions to achieve the Goals by the target date of 2030.

    And then came the pandemic, threatening decades of development gains, further delaying the urgent transition to greener, more inclusive economies, and throwing progress on the SDGs even further off track. The challenges seemed almost overwhelming, but the world community pushed on, refusing to give up hope that we could, alas, achieve the goals in the next eight years.

    This year brought another, even greater threat to realizing the promise of the SDGs – especially in Ukraine, where all indications point towards a dramatic reversal in nearly all indicators due to the Russian invasion.  Nearly two months into the war, a major humanitarian crisis and development emergency are looming in Ukraine.  Millions of people are facing severe shortages of food, electricity, medicines, and health care. Supplies of food, water and medicines are dwindling.

    Early projections from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) say the long-term development setbacks for #Ukraine will be significant.  According to the one report, poverty and inequalities will rise, and the country’s economy and the environment will be devastated.  The Government of Ukraine estimates suggest that at least $100 billion worth of infrastructure, buildings, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, and other physical assets had already been destroyed by the end of March.

    All of the Goals are interconnected, with an impact on one affecting many of the others, so the negative impacts on the SDGs caused by this war go far beyond what can be assessed at this point. Looking at just the first two SDGs, ending poverty and hunger, the situation in Ukraine is worsening daily. Every day of delayed peace is accelerating a freefall into poverty for the people of Ukraine. According to UNDP’s recent scenario modelling, up to 90 percent of the population could be facing poverty and extreme economic vulnerabilities in the event of protracted war, setting the country  and the region  back decades and leaving deep social and economic scars for generations to come.  Due to present circumstances, Ukraine could lose 18 years of socio-economic achievements with substantive spill-over effect in other countries.

    The war’s negative impacts on human development are reverberating far beyond Ukraine’s borders— even as the war stays localized. A recent paper from the UN Development Coordination Office says rising food and fertilizer prices globally will exacerbate poverty and hunger challenges, causing malnutrition levels to rise and worsening income inequality around the world. This is partially due to the fact that many developing countries get more than 40 percent of their wheat imports from Russia and Ukraine. It is worth noting that the World Food Programme, which provides famine relief and emergency support in crises around the world, buys more than half its wheat from Ukraine.

    As for the third goal, we think it goes without saying that ensuring good health and wellbeing is practically impossible in war, especially when healthcare facilities themselves are being attacked.  The World Health Organization (WHO) verified 64 instances of attacks on health care facilities in Ukraine between 24 February and 21 March. The war will undoubtedly become deadlier the longer it lasts as more people die from lack of access to food, health services and infrastructure than are killed from direct conflict violence. Furthermore, as the war continues, the burden will continue to be overwhelmingly felt by children under the age of five. Of the seven million Ukrainians who were internally displaced in the first month of war, one in three suffered from a chronic health condition, according to the WHO, which has delivered more than 180 tons of medical supplies as of 16 April, with another 470 tons on the way. They say this will address the health needs of around six million people.

    Agenda 2030 calls for all children to have access to a good quality education in clean and safe learning environments. More than half of the children in Ukraine - 4.3 million - have been displaced in the last six weeks, making it highly unlikely any of them will be able to receive any form of quality education, thereby undermining the fourth goal of education for all.

    As for achieving gender equality, the vision of SDG5, the United Nations has warned that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could be the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II, one which experts predict will hit women and girls particularly hard. For predators and human traffickers, war is an opportunity. To counter this threat, the international community needs to do everything it can to ensure the safety of women and children as they flee the violence. 

    The combined effects of rising commodity and energy prices are having detrimental impacts on the post-pandemic global economic recovery, undermining national efforts in many countries to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth (SDG8). The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says the economic fallout may be worse in those countries most exposed to the Russian and Ukrainian economies, such as in Eastern Europe, Caucus and Central Asian economies. Also, land-locked countries such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, which depend on Russia for important supply routes, will be disproportionately impacted.

    Many bilateral and multilateral donors are responding to the fastest-growing refugee crisis since the second world war.  By mid-March the European Commission had already announced a €1.2 billion emergency macro-financial assistance package for Ukraine, while the USA passed legislation approving US$13.6 billion in support.  Although this is good news, there is a risk this could potentially affect the ODA flows to other developing countries and humanitarian situations in Afghanistan, Yemen, central Sahel, and Somalia.

    Human Rights and the SDGs in Ukraine

    Although there is not a specific SDG for human rights, the links between human rights and the SDGs are firm and explicit. The preamble of the 2030 Agenda explicitly reaffirms that the SDGs “seek to realize human rights of all”, and 92 percent of the 169 SDG targets are directly linked to one or more of the core human rights conventions.

    The United Nations has reported more than 4,300 civilian casualties in Ukraine since 24 February, including over 1,800 deaths –of which more than one hundred are children.  The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) notes the real figure could be considerably higher as reported casualties are confirmed. Furthermore, the growing reports of rape and other forms of gender-based violence in Ukraine points to human rights violations occurring on a massive scale.

    Human Rights Watch has documented several cases of Russian military forces committing laws-of-war violations against civilians in areas of Ukraine that are or were occupied by Russian soldiers. These include a case of repeated rape and summary executions. Russian soldiers were also implicated in looting civilian property, including food, clothing, and firewood.  According to Human Rights Watch, those who carried out these abuses are responsible for war crimes.

    Forced evictions constitute gross violations of a range of internationally recognized human rights, including the human rights to adequate housing, food, water, health, education, work, security of the person, freedom from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and freedom of movement. The Commission on Human Rights, in its Resolution 1993/77, has declared that “the practice of forced eviction constitutes a gross violation of human rights.” The war in Ukraine has caused the fastest forced eviction of people from their homes since the Second World War. More than a quarter of the population - over 11 million people - have now fled their homes. More than 4.5 million are now refugees, and over 7.1 people are internally displaced within Ukraine.

    Seeking sustainable solutions

    While the above paints a bleak scenario across most if not all of the SDGs, we cannot give up hope. I hope that all bilateral and multilateral donors will do everything possible to avoid pulling resources from other programmes while continuing their important and much-needed support to the people of Ukraine. In parallel to the focus on humanitarian support, the world cannot afford to lose sight of the development impacts of the war on Ukraine, regionally and globally. All developing countries need the continued support of their partners to be able to achieve their national SDG strategies. When the guns fall silent, and hopefully they will soon, we must prioritize early recovery measures and long-term development support, to get the country, the region, and the world back on track to achieving the SDGs.The complex humanitarian, development, and peace (HDP) challenges now emerging in Ukraine underscore the importance of delivering programming that prioritizes immediate life-saving assistance, alongside efforts to protect development gains and safeguard progress towards the SDGs. Concurrently, we need to ensure that people can maintain their resilience to shocks to help them manage and recover from the crisis as quickly as possible. This will require agencies to work closely together, on the basis of their respective mandates, governing principles and modes of action, to plan and deliver programming that facilitates complementary and coherent humanitarian, development and peace programmes that can contribute to collective outcomes, in line with commitments to Agenda 2030.

    The United Nations and its partners are working to safeguard as much as possible the development gains they have helped the Government of Ukraine to achieve over the past 30 years. However, much more will need to be done as soon as conditions allow. Meanwhile, we cannot lose focus on the important development work in countries around the world to keep the world on track towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the next 8 years. An important step in that direction would be, as called for by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres: an immediate cessation of hostilities and the withdrawal of all Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine. The time to negotiate an end to this absurd and unwinnable war is now before it is too late and we lose all hope of achieving a better and more sustainable future for all, leaving no one behind.

 

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Migration Consortium is a collective of local NGOs at the Ukrainian border in Poland, front line lawyers, humanitarian aid workers, migration speacialists and local experts impacting many Ukrainian lives. 100% of your donation goes directly to them.

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