Romania’s civil society contribution and the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis: contributions and challenges


Authors: Stefan Cibian Ph.D., Dr. Zoltân Levente Fejes

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Shortly after the mobilization for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Romanian civil society showed surprising mobilization in the context of the Ukraine-related humanitarian crisis. Russia’s war against Ukraine generated a powerful empathy towards those affected by the war. 

This study offers an analysis of the empathy wave manifested by the Romanian civil society to support migrants from Ukraine. The data for the study was collected by the Association for Community Relations. The analysis was developed by Stefan Cibian and Levente Fejes. 

The material was created with the financial support of Active Citizens Fund Romania, a program financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The content of this material does not necessarily represent the official position of the EEA and Norwegian Grants 2014-2021; for more information go to

Departments: Policy Analysis Department, Research Department, Center for Global Affairs and Postdevleopment, Society, Crisis and Resilience Program 

Regions: Romania, Europe

Themes: Philanthropy and Community Development, Civil Society, Democracy and Democratization