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Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

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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.

Current programs:

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.

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.

Media Development
Internews Network
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.

Promoting Worker and Trade Union Rights
American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center)
February, 2011 – February, 2016

The Solidarity Center supports local union efforts to bring Ukrainian laws, and judicial and administrative enforcement into compliance with international labor standards and promote those standards to the general population. It partners with independent and democratic trade unions to protect and strengthen the rights of workers to freely associate, bargain collectively for better working conditions, and participate in the legislative process and democratic development of Ukraine.

Political Process Programs in Ukraine
Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening
October 1, 2009 – April 1, 2016

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 – January 1, 2018

The purpose of this project is to reduce trafficking in persons in Ukraine by transitioning services for victims of trafficking, such as registration, referral and reintegration assistance to full Ukrainian ownership. This includes efforts to strengthen the national referral mechanism, increase government funding for counter trafficking efforts, and increase the involvement of non-governmental service providers in the national referral mechanism.

Domestic Oversight of Political Processes in Ukraine Program
All-Ukrainian public organization "Civic Network OPORA"
January 1, 2014 – January 1, 2017

The goal of this activity is to improve Ukraine’s electoral process and its corresponding legislation to better reflect the will of the Ukrainian people. The activity will achieve this goal by improving the integrity of Ukrainian elections through domestic monitoring, supporting development and implementation of relevant legislation that is inclusive, transparent and conforms to European standards, and increasing the organizational and technical capacity of the Civic Network OPORA.

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.

Step by Step Inclusive Education Project
Implementer: Ukrainian Step-by-Step Foundation
December 1, 2013 – February 28, 2015

The purpose of this activity is to increase the academic and social skills of children with disabilities by promoting their inclusion in regular classroom activities. The project will improve support to children with disabilities in schools, strengthen the skills of parents with children with disabilities, enhance the capacity of teachers and methodologists working with children with disabilities, and increase the knowledge of educational authorities. The trainings will take place in six Inclusive Resource Centers established in association with Psychological Medical Pedagogical Institutions and In-service Teachers Training Institutes.

Responsible, Accountable and Democratic Assembly (RADA)
Implementer: East Europe Foundation
November 25, 2013 – November 24, 2018

The RADA activity works to reinforce a more effective and independent legislature in Ukraine, and increase citizen participation into the policy-making process. Specifically, RADA will support members of parliament in building constituent relations and improving their representation function, expand citizen education and monitoring of members of parliament in order to increase their accountability, promote parliamentary independence by reinforcing the rules that govern that body.

Participant Training Program
Implementer: World Learning/Project Harmony/Consortium for Enhancement of Ukrainian Management Education
April 3, 2013 – April 2, 2018

The Participant Training Program promotes USAID/Ukraine’s strategic vision of a stable, democratic, and prosperous Ukraine integrated into Europe. The program seeks to transfer new knowledge, skills, and attitudes to Ukrainians to improve the political, social, and economic context in Ukraine and to create a network of professionals that shares international best practices and knowledge.

The Program offers practical training opportunities and internships in the United States and Europe for entrepreneurs, local government officials, non-governmental organization leaders, education administrators, as well as medical, business, and environmental professionals. The program combines seminars, workshops, site visits and meetings with American and European professionals with hands-on practical internships.

Last updated: September 10, 2014

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