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Ukrainian reconstruction portal Dream enters beta testing for new functions that create milestones, set priorities

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Ukraine Rebuild Newswire Staff, Sept 11, 2023

Dream, the Ukrainian state portal meant to organize the reconstruction of the country, has entered closed beta testing for new features meant to help choose which projects to prioritize and create milestones for reconstructions works.

The updates to the portal, which also now requires project applicants to justify requests for urgency, compare alternative technical solutions and check for availability of documentation for the land plot, will undergo about a month of closed beta testing and are expected to be in full use in October, Dream organizers said in a press release on the portal’s website.

“Currently, it is necessary to test the updated functions so that communities, as the main initiators of restoration projects, learn to use all the system tools,” said Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration Oleksandr Kubrakov. “Our team will consider their feedback for further improvement of the system because it is our tool for accelerating reconstruction.”

The Dream platform, which has been under development since its announcement by a coalition of NGOs last year, is meant to include all aspects of reconstruction, from the initial local registry of damage through to project assessment, procurement, completion and operation.  “Dream” stands for Digital Restoration Ecosystem for Accountable Management.

It is meant to increase transparency with an “everybody sees everything” principle and ease concerns among international lenders and foreign governments about the widespread corruption that has hobbled many past projects in Ukraine.

Beta testers include 100 communities that have received European Investment Bank (EIB) funding for reconstruction via the Fund for the Liquidation of the Consequences of the Armed Aggression of the Russian Federation and the Ukraine Recovery Programme.

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