Transforming Lives

Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.

Valentyna Matveyeva, a journalist from Sumy, Ukraine, found herself accused of fraudulently receiving unemployment benefits. Ms. Matveyeva had lost her job in August 2010 and registered with the unemployment center at that time. However, an article that she had written was subsequently published in September, for which she was paid an honorarium of 200 UAH in October 2010.  The Sumy Employment Center sued her for misrepresenting her employment status, seeking 21,000 UAH in damages.

Проект Агентства США з міжнародного розвитку (USAID) «Доступ до правосуддя та правової обізнаності в Україні «Правова країна» сьогодні провів Другу Національну Церемонію з метою відзначення українських юристів та юридичних фірм, які продемонстрували відданість та тверду прихильність справі надання безоплатних правових послуг тим, хто цього потребує. Нинішнього року нагороди отримали керуючий партнер адвокатської компанії «Моор і Партнери» Вадим Галайчук та міжнародна юридична компанія «Центр медичного та фармацевтичного права» (директор – Сергій Антонов).

As of August 2012, 673 libraries across Ukraine have joined the Citizen Access Points (CAPs) network, which allows citizens to find official government information, read and comment on draft laws and regulations. CAPs is a joint project of USAID’s Parliamentary Development Project’s (PDP II) and the Ukrainian Library Association, which grows a network of libraries that receive internet access, hardware and software through the U.S.

The Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports (MESYS), in close collaboration with the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a seven-year experimental research and teaching project on improving financial literacy of Ukrainian students. The pilot course in Financial Literacy is now being offered for the 2012-13 academic term in 68 schools (including colleges) in 14 different regions, mainly to 10th grade students.

The High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQC), with support from the USAID FAIR Justice Project, conduced the qualifications exam for judicial candidates. One thousand four hundred fifty three candidates who successfully had passed the first test (exam) conducted on June 5, 2012, which tested their level of general theoretical law knowledge, were admitted to take the qualifications exam. This is the next stage of judicial selection process as required by the Law of Ukraine on the Judiciary and Status of Judges.

The USAID Local Investment and National Competitiveness project, which since 2008 has been working with both the public and private sector in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to improve its business and investment environment , has succeeded in raising grain producer incomes by rediscovering a crop nearly forgotten here - durum wheat.

The USAID| HIV/AIDS Service Capacity Project in Ukraine (USCP) presented its key outcomes and best practices at the project’s final conference. At the event, representatives of public authorities, international and local non-government organizations, and beneficiaries discussed how to make projects achievements sustainable so they can further improve quality service provision to most at-risk populations.

Improved Judicial Selection Procedures Show Results.

More than 1,100 candidates successfully passed 2012 nationwide judicial selection testing conducted by the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQC) and now will compete to fill nearly 1,000 vacant judicial positions. The standardized, objective and transparent system for testing judicial candidates is the result of assistance that USAID provided to the HQC through the Ukraine Rule of Law Project and its successor the FAIR Justice Project (FAIR) since 2007.

“When we first started talking about HIV and AIDS, people would throw stones at us and chase us away,” says Zahra Daher. “It was as if by telling them about it we were bringing them the infection.”

Daher is head of the women’s group Alhamdou—“Thanks to God” in Somali. In 2004, she was one of few who dared mention HIV/AIDS despite the sizeable number of people dying from it in her community, the site of a large, international truck stop.

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Last updated: October 14, 2014