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Humanitarian and Transition Assistance

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USAID helps Ukrainian volunteers to meet the needs of people affected by the conflict in Donbas.
USAID helps Ukrainian volunteers to meet the needs of people affected by the conflict in Donbas.
Courtesy of Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative

USAID/OFDA provides lifesaving humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and conflict affected vulnerable populations throughout eastern Ukraine and Kyiv Oblast.

USAID/OTI's goal is to enable vulnerable Eastern communities to actively participate in, benefit from and advocate for Ukraine’s transition to a prosperous, unified and democratic state. It does this by working in the East to:

  • Increase support for and participation in the development of an inclusive Ukrainian identity; and
  • Increase citizen confidence and engagement in the reform process at the local level.

Current programs:

Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI)
Chemonics International Inc.
July 11, 2014 – April 17, 2019

USAID’s Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI) will complement ongoing USAID efforts to create a prosperous and stable Ukraine. The program will provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance to Ukrainian partners in support of successful, peaceful democratic transition and community cohesion in the wake of deepened social tensions and conflict the East. The program’s overarching objectives are to enable communities and government to mitigate the conflict’s destabilizing effects, and enhance public engagement in the GOU’s response to the crisis and the broader political transition. UCBI assistance will come in the form of small in-kind grants (goods, services and technical support) to a range of partners, including national and local civilian government entities, civil society organizations and community leaders.

Training, Economic Empowerment, Assistive Technology and Medical/Physical Rehabilitation (TEAM)
UCP Wheels for Humanity
October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2017

An increasing number of people in Ukraine have experienced traumatic injuries resulting from the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. TEAM is improving rehabilitation support services in Ukraine through specialized training for rehabilitation personnel, vocational and business training for IDPs and their families, and increased access to assistive devices, such wheelchairs, pressure relieving cushions and bladder kits. Project experts work with physical therapists, physicians, and nurses, who treat people with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and strokes in different cities of Ukraine (Lviv, Kyiv, Zaporizhzhya, and Dnipro). USAID TEAM partners are the Ukrainian Association of Physical Therapy and the National Assembly of People with Disabilities, which are now also working on the development of a policy that will provide regulatory oversight of the physical therapy profession in Ukraine.

Improving Psychosocial Support and Mental Health in Ukraine (IPSMHU)
John Hopkins University
September 30, 2015 – September 30, 2018

Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National University’s Kyiv-Mohyla Academy are working to alleviate the mental health effects of traumatic events among conflict-affected groups and contribute to the development and strengthening of an accessible and equitable community mental health care system.

The project is working to improve the mental health status and functioning of communities and groups affected by conflict in Ukraine, and ultimately lead to a more accessible and equitable community mental health care system in Ukraine. The project also has a research component – to learn about the types of mental health problems resulting from the conflict; develop appropriate and accurate instruments to assess those problems and appropriate treatment interventions and evaluating their effectiveness in the Ukrainian context, and guide research capacity building through training and first-hand experience provided to partners through the development of research resources, including measurement tools, and networks.

Yedyna Hromada (United Community) Program in Ukraine
IREX
September 9, 2016 - September 18, 2018 

The Yedyna Hromada program will bridge divides and facilitate greater trust and cohesion within conflict-affected communities. It will also work with key influencers, including local government officials, media professionals, civil society actors, and other stakeholders, in 12 target communities within Kharkiv, Dnipro, Zaporizhia, Luhansk, and Donetsk oblasts. The program will apply a three-pronged, people-to-people approach to impart skills, build trust, and create cohesion among internally displaced persons and local citizens through public discussion and collaborative projects that address pressing community needs, making communities more unified and resilient. 

Last updated: December 05, 2017

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