The International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) is one of the largest Ukrainian charitable foundations, which has been working since 1990 to create an open society in Ukraine where everyone feels dignified, citizens are engaged in the state-building process, and the government is transparent and accountable. The foundation was founded by philanthropist George Soros and is part of the international network of Open Society Foundations.
Charitable Foundation Rokada has a long history of collaboration with the IRF:
- 2010-2012: A joint project was implemented to continue the operation of the Integration Center for refugees and to organize summer activities for their children;
- 2019: A project was carried out to support refugee women and their family members by establishing a sewing workshop at the Temporary Accommodation Centre for Refugees (TACR) in the city of Yagotin;
- 2023-2024: Support and capacity-building for the Charitable Foundation Rokada in implementing effective mechanisms for the integration of internally displaced persons (the project is ongoing).
The activities within the current project involve strengthening the team of the Charitable Foundation Rokada by engaging professional lawyers to create, support, and enhance the capacity of Community Self-Governance Councils established at the community level in Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Lviv, Rivne, Ternopil, and Volyn regions. Additionally, the project includes conducting training sessions on issues related to social cohesion and community development.