Reformers Without Borders

Reformers Without Borders aims to send fellows to Ukraine to help build a bridge of trust between local governing bodies and citizens in Ukraine.



Reformers Without Borders (RWB) is a short-term exchange program that brings fellows from the United States and other countries to Ukraine to work on building a bridge of trust between local governing bodies and citizens. Fellows will build and maintain an open relationship between government and civil society to support reform projects.


Program objectives are to:

  • Increase the awareness among citizens of how citizens can collaborate with official government institutions effectively
  • Increase the skill level among government officials to reach out to citizens through volunteer civic organizations
  • Engage citizens to monitor government services and to provide constructive input and feedback
  • Each RWB Fellow will also have specific objectives tied to the position where they will be placed.

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Reformers Without Borders – What Has Been Done Since the Launch

Reformers Without Borders – What Has Been Done Since the Launch

Reformers Without Borders was conceived, funded and launched as a full-scale program within 5 months (January - May 2016). Hugo Spaulding, George Barros, Kateryna Mikhno with strong local support from Lyuba Shipovich got quite a few things done this year.

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Meet Hugo, our first RWB fellow!

Meet Hugo, our first RWB fellow!

We are thrilled to welcome Hugo Spaulding as Reformers Without Borders Fellow! Hugo is joining Odesa team from Washington, D.C., where he has studied the conflict in Donbas at a think tank since 2014.

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Introducing the Reformers Without Borders Fellowship program, Razom’s newest initiative.

Introducing the Reformers Without Borders Fellowship program, Razom’s newest initiative.

The program is designed to increase the degree of trust between citizens and local government officials. The objectives of the program are to change the awareness and the skill level among both government officials and citizens so that the level and durability of collaboration will increase.

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Razom IT presents: Using Tech to Transform Government: a case study of Odessa

Razom IT presents: Using Tech to Transform Government: a case study of Odessa

Lyuba Shipovich and Natalia Shyrba quit their jobs in the US and became volunteers at the Odessa regional administration in Ukraine. Their mission was to build a team to design and deploy technology at the regional level to reduce corruption and to increase efficiency.

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