VoxUkraine – more than the best analytics about Ukraine

What is Vox

VoxUkraine is an independent analytical platform founded in 2014, after the Revolution of Dignity, by a team of highly experienced economists and lawyers based in Ukraine and abroad.

“In 2014, many world-class economists wanted to help Ukraine. But it soon became evident that neither the Government nor the Verkhovna Rada needed an expert opinion by Nobel laureates themselves. Then we decided to choose a longer but a fundamental way and increase the level of education and economic debate in Ukraine. Thus, in September of 2014, we launched VoxUkraine.org, a blog for economists,” says Tymofiy Mylovanov, a VoxUkraine co-founder and professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Nowadays, VoxUkraine engages in a variety of research and economic activities, publishes an online magazine on economics, and develops a number of educational programs. VoxUkraine is not related to any Ukrainian political party or movement. Businessmen, government officials, or politicians have no impact on our work.

 What Vox Does

Research: we discover what is really happening in Ukraine.

VoxUkraine uses a scientific method of analysis to make an unbiased assessment of major economic and political processes and decisions in Ukraine. Key projects by the Vox team include iMoRe, a unique index of the pace of economic reforms; a periodical publication that rates the efficiency of ministries; DataVox, a project that studies the activity of Verkhovna Rada representatives using mathematical methods and numerical data. Vox is also in the process of developing VoxCheck, a fact-checking service and the first publication of its type in modern Ukraine.

Media: we perform a quality analysis of economic processes and the most important developments in and around Ukraine.

VoxUkraine creates quality content on economic and near-economic topics. All articles (with rare exceptions) and papers published on Vox undergo an editorial review process wherein two Vox editors check the data, facts, and logic of the article. Vox materials are reposted by leading Ukrainian media, including Ukrayinska Pravda, Liga.net, Novoye Vremya, and others, and the world media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times and others.

Education: we increase the level of economic knowledge. VoxUkraine conducts educational seminars and lectures on a regular basis.

 Why we do

Our mission is to improve the level of the economic debate in Ukraine. We believe this will improve the quality of economic decisions in Ukraine and have a positive impact on the welfare of millions of our compatriots.

We will achieve this through a quality economic debate, economic policy analysis, independent evaluation of economic reforms, and Ukraine’s integration into the global network of economists and political leaders.

 How we do it

We try to bring the best world experts to the discussion around issues important for Ukraine. Since VoxUkraine was founded, more than 270 authors have published articles on our platform, among them Nobel laureate Roger Myerson, head of the London School of Economics Erik Berglof, and others.

VoxUkraine functions according to the principle of an open blog to which anyone can submit an article on Economics. If it passes our review procedure (two independent editors check the quality of the material), it will be published.

 Our supporters

VoxUkraine is a non-profit organization. Our activity is funded by the donations of hundreds of people concerned with the future of Ukraine, as well as by grants provided by donor organizations.

Throughout two years of our work, we have been supported by 500 people, each of whom donated from 10 to 100 000 UAH. Vox ran an incredibly successful crowdfunding campaign and gathered 370 000 UAH on the BiggIdea platform.

TTF, NED, PACT, and Renaissance foundations provided Vox with substantial support. Please follow this link for the unaudited financial report for 2015.

Funding wasn’t the only kind of support we have received. Dozens of volunteers have helped us create Vox through preparing content, organizing events etc. A complete list of Vox fellows is available here.

 How you can help

Do you like what Vox does and do you believe it will help the country? We’ll do more if you support us. You may donate the amount you find appropriate to our bank account or РayРal or join one of our Vox projects as a volunteer.

 Vox team

 Editorial office

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Boris Davidenko, Editor-In-Chief, CEO Volodymyr Kadygrob, Strategic Communications Advisor Roman Basalyga, COO Dmytro Ostapchuk, DataVox Editor
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Yulia Mincheva, Communication Manager Anna Karplyuk, Financial Director Olena Shkarpova, VoxCheck Editor Tetyana Tyshchuk, iMoRe Editor
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Oleksandr Nadelnyuk, Junior Analyst Oleksii Krymeniuk, Junior Analyst, VoxCheck Maksym Skubenko, VoxCheck Analyst Anastasia Chernukha, Web-Site Editor
Yulia Danylenko, VoxConnector Editor Galyna Kalachova, VoxConnector Editor

 Editorial board

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Olena Bilan, Dragon Capital Volodymyr Bilotkach, Newcastle U Tom Coupé, Canterbury U Yuriy Gorodnichenko, UC Berkeley
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Veronika Movchan, IER Oleksandr Zholud, NBU Denys Nizalov, KSE Olena Nizalova, University of Kent
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Nataliia Shapoval, KSE Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy, Lehigh University Ilona Sologoub, KSE Oleksandr Talavera, Swansea University
Oleg Nivievskyi, IER Oleksandra Betliy, IER

Guest Editors

Rostyslav Averchuk, graduate of the Bachelor program “Philosophy, Politics, Economics” (University of Oxford) Mariya Repko, Centre for Economic Strategy

Editorial board VoxUkraine Law

Zoya Mylovanova, Northwestern University School of Law alumni Kateryna Dronova, Berkeley, California, USA

Supervisory Board

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Yuriy Gorodnichenko, UC Berkeley Olena Bilan, Dragon Capital Oleksandr Zholud, NBU Ilona Sologoub, KSE
Serhii Plokhii, Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University

Advisory board

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Erik Berglof, London School of Economics Keith Darden, American University Andrei Kirilenko, MIT Sloan School of Management Ivan Mikloš, former Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic
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Roger Myerson, 2007 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics Gerard Roland, UС Berkeley Jan Svejnar, Columbia University Guido Tabellini, Bocconi University
Lucan Way, University of Toronto

*During the work in the NBU Tymofiy Mylovanov (a member of the NBU Board) and Oleksandr Zholud (Chief Expert of the Department of Monetary Policy and Economic Analysis) won’t participate in any VoxUkraine projects in which a conflict of interest might arise.

In particular, they won’t:

  • edit or approve for publication any posts on monetary policy, currency regulation, the banking sector, or other topics related to the National Bank;
  • contribute to the evaluation of resolutions or laws related to the area of activity of the NBU for the Index for the Monitoring of Reforms (iMoRe) project;
  • participate in the VoxCheck project on issues that intersect with the area of activity of the National Bank;
  • contribute to the evaluation of activities of the National Bank or its individual employees for other projects of VoxUkraine.