In many developing and transition countries, there is a lack of a vivid debate about socio-economic policy, the debate is dominated by one-sided run-of-the-mill calls for privatization and deregulation as a recipe for growth. In 2018, NIDID members organized a series of workshops in Kiev and Berlin with young economic experts from Ukraine to discuss alternative socio-economic concepts and policy options. We are planning to extend this format to other Eastern European countries.