Since 2007, USAID, in partnership with the government of Ukraine, national universities, Ukrainian civil society, and others have worked to improve the admissions process for Higher Education Institutions. Our efforts have one goal in mind - an equal and fair chance for every young Ukrainian to attend university and leave with the qualifications necessary to help unlock Ukraine's potential for economic, political and social growth.
The goal of the Participant Training Program (PtP) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is to advance USAID/Ukraine’s strategic vision of a stable, democratic, and prosperous Ukraine integrated into Europe.
The 2013 UNDP Human Development Report shows Ukraine has a Gender Inequality Index that in 2012 ranked the country in the upper third at 57th out of 186 countries included.
Ukraine’s libraries are underutilized and often do not adequately provide library users access to the information they seek through the most current technologies and services
Almost 30 percent of Ukraine's population still lives below the poverty line. Social and economic realities and an overburdened health care system challenge Ukraine’s ability to address rising rates of infectious diseases, especially TB. Abortion rates are high in comparison to other countries in the region.
Ukraine is experiencing one of the most severe HIV/AIDS epidemics in Europe and the former Soviet Union, with an estimated 230,000 people aged 15 and over living with HIV at the beginning of 2012. Data suggest that half of all individuals infected with HIV are unaware of their status and unable to take adequate measures to preserve their health or prevent further transmission. Evidence suggests that the number of newly-registered HIV cases in the country is stabilizing and HIV incidence among people who inject drugs is also stabilizing. However, HIV transmission to the sexual partners of IDUs and into the general population remain areas of great concern.
Ukraine’s economic crisis exposed the legal, regulatory and institutional weaknesses in the financial sector. Implementation of international standards in the banking, capital market and pension sectors is necessary to encourage domestic and international investment, achieve stable economic growth and build confidence in financial markets.
Economic governance - the institutions and systems that support economic activity - is necessary for broad-based economic growth. Without secure property rights and accessible and fair legal systems there is no incentive to save and invest. Economic governance in Ukraine must advance the interests of small and medium enterprises or average citizens to achieve stability and prosperity.
Ukraine’s capacity for sustainable, broad-based growth is stalled by:
- unpredictable and incomplete agricultural policies,
- limited financial services for agriculture, and
- a weak market infrastructure that leads to low yields and reduces the competitiveness of small and medium producers.
Ukraine’s economy is one of the least energy efficient and most emission-intensive in the world. As a result, the country is a major contributor to global climate change. In order to produce a unit of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Ukraine emits more anthropogenic greenhouse gases than almost any other country. Ukraine’s high GHG emissions are related to its energy intensity, which is over three times higher than the European Union (EU) average (International Energy Agency (IEA), 2012). Ukraine’s inefficient energy use impedes economic growth, leaves the economy highly vulnerable to price shifts, draws governmental and private sector resources away from other priority issues, and creates dependence upon foreign energy suppliers.
Last updated: August 01, 2015