Susan Kosinski Fritz was sworn in as the next USAID Mission Director to Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in Washington D.C. on June 10, 2016, by USAID Administrator Gayle E. Smith.
“USAID will continue to be a strong and reliable partner to Ukraine as it continues on its reform path,” explained Fritz. “I am excited to have this opportunity to lead the USAID Mission in Kyiv during this important time in Ukraine's history.”
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.
Effective governance is critical to ensuring the delivery of basic government services and the fair, transparent and inclusive representation of citizen’s interests. Legislative action is needed to balance relations between institutions of governance and strengthen the political system. To further consolidate democratic advances, Ukraine needs a pluralistic and open party system accountable to citizens, a stable electoral system that allows for fair and competitive elections and an improved legislative process that includes civil society participation
As a post-Soviet country that has witnessed dramatic economic decline, Ukraine faces several unique challenges. Almost 30 percent of Ukraine's population lives below the poverty line. Limited economic opportunities compel men and women to look for work abroad, which places them at high risk of exploitation.
Citizens and civil society organizations are increasingly active in engaging government policy makers, but they often lack the advocacy skills and influence to advance the country’s reform agenda. NGOs need long-term solutions for their institutional sustainability, as they still rely heavily on international donor funds due to underdeveloped domestic donor support.
Last updated: July 14, 2016