USAID is working to help Ukraine continue on a path of democratic development. Working with the Ukrainian and Crimean parliaments, USAID supports improvements to the legislative process and increased public engagement and accountability. USAID programs strengthen the rule of law through improved judicial accountability and independence, and established networks of advocacy organizations and legal clinics that increase access to justice in the areas of healthcare, employment and property rights.
Civil society is critical for sustaining democracy in Ukraine. USAID is helping to develop the capacity of non-governmental organizations to have an impact on government policy and decision-making. Through support to Ukraine’s independent media, USAID is enhancing journalistic professionalism, ethics and monitoring capabilities. Finally, USAID provides targeted support to ensure that elections are free and fair, while also working to increase the accountability of political parties and elected officials to Ukraine’s citizenry.
Fair, Accountable, Independent and Responsible (FAIR) Justice Program
Chemonics International, Inc.
October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2016
USAID supports legislative, regulatory and institutional reform of judicial institutions to build a foundation for a more accountable and independent judiciary. The FAIR program strengthens the accountability and transparency of key judicial institutions; promotes Ukrainian legislative and regulatory compliance with international and European standards; bolsters the professionalism and effectiveness of the Ukrainian judiciary; and supports civil society organizations in advocating for and monitoring judicial reform. FAIR program activities include: support for the preparation of draft laws and regulations; analyses of current laws and procedures; assistance to High Qualification Commission of Judges to introduce a new system of judicial selection and discipline; support to the National School of Judges the design, implementation and evaluation of training programs for the judiciary; and support to working groups, conferences, and roundtables focused on judicial reform. Through the FAIR program, USAID also supports organizations engaged in court performance monitoring and evaluation, public awareness of judicial process and procedures, and advocacy on issues related to judicial reform and standardized testing for judicial reform.
Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment Program (LEP)
Management Systems International
May 5, 2010 – May 4, 2014
USAID works to improve access to justice in the areas of employment, healthcare, and property rights by increasing the availability of pro bono legal services and the impact of legal advocacy organizations in Ukraine. LEP supports the capacity building of advocacy networks – law school clinics, advocacy NGOs, private attorneys, and Ministry of Justice legal aid centers – that provide public consultations and legal representation to vulnerable and underrepresented groups. Through a network referral system, individuals are connected to lawyers and receive quality and timely legal assistance. The network also carries out public information campaigns on the legal rights of citizens. In addition, the LEP program engages private law firms, businesses and judicial officials to promote a culture of pro bono services among Ukrainian attorneys.
Strengthening Civil Society in Ukraine Project
October 1, 2008 – September 30, 2014
USAID’s civil society program in Ukraine helps foster civic activism, boosts reforms, and builds sustainable NGOs. The Ukraine National Initiatives to Enhance Reforms (UNITER) project strengthens the capacity of leading Ukrainian NGOs and community leaders to better represent citizens’ interests and drive Ukraine’s reform agenda through more effective advocacy, monitoring and activism. The project assists NGOs to increase citizen participation in policy-making, establish legal frameworks that govern civil society and improve the institutional and financial viability of NGOs across the country.
October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2016
The Ukraine Media (U-Media) project supports media sector activities that protect freedom of speech, improves the media environment, creates opportunities for new and innovative media approaches, and strengthens the capacity of media NGO leaders to effectively represent their constituencies. Through technical assistance, capacity building grants, and training, U-Media improves the quality of local media and investigative journalism, promotes the use of new media technologies, provides legal support to journalists and media outlets, and facilitates public and private sector partnerships.
USAID programs promote political processes that lead to more representative and accountable governance. These include training for political party activists and locally elected officials to improve communication with civic groups and citizens, and the development of NGO-led advocacy campaigns on electoral and political process issues. USAID continues to push forward electoral legislation reform and monitor its implementation while strengthening the Central Election Commission’s capacity to train election commissions.
Countering Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Project
International Organization for Migration
July 20, 2004 – December 31, 2013
The project aims to reduce trafficking in persons Ukraine by increasing awareness and mobilizing the government, community leaders and service providers to engage in counter trafficking activities, and to assist victims of trafficking (VoT). USAID assistance also aims to increase expertise in addressing trafficking in persons, disseminate best international practices, inform and motivate at-risk groups on how to protect themselves. This project strengthens the Government of Ukraine (GOU) and civil society to sustainably undertake counter-trafficking work, including reintegration assistance to VoT under the GOU’s National Referral Mechanism (NRM) framework.
Domestic Oversight of 2012 Parliamentary Elections
All-Ukrainian public organization "Civic Network OPORA"
August 22, 2012 – December 31, 2013
USAID’s Domestic Oversight of 2012 Parliamentary Elections Program assessed the quality and competitiveness of the Parliamentary elections in accordance with internationally recognized standards for democratic elections. The program fielded nation-wide long- and short-term observation teams and conducted critical parallel vote tabulation on Election Day. During the post-election period, the program is monitoring the work of Ukraine’s parliament in order to increase accountability of the political parties and elected officials.
Ukraine Electoral Law Reform Program
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
April 2011 – April 2016
The program seeks to strengthen civil society’s role in the development and implementation of election-related legislation. IFES cooperates closely with the international community, including the European Union, Venice Commission, and OSCE to promote legislation that is fully compliant with international standards and best practices. It assists civil society in advocacy efforts, while convening and informing a range of domestic and international stakeholders on electoral law issues. The program also provides technical assistance to the Central Election Commission, focusing primarily on its capacity to train election commissions.
Ukrainian Standardized External Testing Initiative (USETI)
American Councils for International Education
May 2013 – December 2015
The USETI Alliance is building a coalition for standardized testing for university admissions, bringing together a growing circle of supporters among educators, NGOs, businesses and parents who understand the benefits of merit-based admissions to higher education institutions.
The goal is that Ukraine’s higher education system will be more transparent in selecting applicants for baccalaureate and other levels of higher education.
Last updated: November 25, 2013