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.

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.

Кодекс професійної етики судді був вперше ухвалений з’їздом суддів України понад десять років тому. Проте, з часом він ввійшов у конфлікт з нормативно-правовими документами, які стосуються судової гілки влади. Тож невдовзі, судова спільнота зрозуміла, що Кодекс, за яким вона жила, суперечить положенням Закону України «Про судоустрій і статус суддів», який був прийнятий у 2010 р., а також не зовсім враховує вимоги документів Ради Європи і Бангалорські принципи ООН про стандарти суддівської поведінки (2006 р.).

The United States Agency for International Development’s Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment Project (LEP) - Pravova Krayina - held its Second National Awards Ceremony today to recognize Ukrainian lawyers and law firms that have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing free legal services to those in need. Vadym Halaychuk, the managing partner of the Moore & Associates law firm, and Serhiy Antonov, Director of the international law firm, Center for Medical and Pharmaceutical Law were honored this year.

Ukraine’s original Code of Judicial Ethics (Code) was approved by the Congress of Judges of Ukraine more than 10 years ago, but the Code failed to keep pace with other legal developments in the justice sector. The Ukrainian judiciary soon found that its Code contradicted the Law of Ukraine on the Judiciary and Status of Judges adopted in 2010 and failed to comply with the United Nations Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct adopted in 2002 and other international standards of judicial conduct.


Last updated: January 16, 2015