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Stabilization and Crisis Response

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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 9, 2021

The Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI) activity was established to complement USAID’s ongoing efforts to support a successful democratic transition and promote national cohesion in the wake of the conflict in the East. In April 2017, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) launched the second phase of the UCBI project focusing on Ukraine's historic democratic transition. The goal of UCBI II has been to contribute to efforts that ensure eastern Ukraine has greater confidence in Ukraine’s democratic reform process and European integration. The initiative recently shifted its focus to national-level media content development and programming in the western, southern, and central oblasts of Ukraine. UCBI II provides targeted assistance to increase support for pluralistic national unity and public confidence in positive, democratic change in Ukraine. UCBI II 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 – June 30, 2019

The purpose of the USAID Training, Economic Empowerment, Assistive Technology and Medical/Physical Rehabilitation (TEAM) project is to establish comprehensive rehabilitation services in Ukraine and provide specialized training for medical rehabilitation personnel as well as assistive devices for people with disabilities (PWDs) in accordance with the WHO criteria. Also, Jointly with the Ukrainian Association of Physical Therapy  and the National Assembly of People with Disabilities, the project conducts vocational and business training and provides job placement opportunities for internally displaced people with disabilities and their families. 

Since January 2018 the project works on establishing resources centers in Lviv, Kyiv, and Zaporizhzhya and enhancing their clinical, organizational and administrative capacity.  760 people will receive rehabilitation services at these centers including assistive devices, wheelchairs and bladder kits from the list of the Ministry of Social Policy. In the future the resource centers are expected to become models for neuro-rehabilitation services in Ukraine in accordance with the WHO "8 steps for delivery of services to wheelchair users". The TEAM project also works on the policy level trying to introduce international protocol related to the management of neurogenic bladder.

Improving Psychosocial Support and Mental Health in Ukraine (IPSMHU)
Johns Hopkins University
September 30, 2015 – June 30, 2021

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.

Democratic Governance East (DG East)
Chemonics International
October 2018 – September 2023

USAID’s Democratic Governance East (DG-East) is a five-year activity to improve trust and confidence between citizens and government in eastern Ukraine, contributing to USAID’s broader development objective of mitigating the impacts of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Key objectives include increased participation in community problem-solving; more efficient, modern service delivery; integration of separated, marginalized, and isolated communities; greater citizen confidence in and understanding of key reforms; and diversified citizen engagement with inclusive and democratic civic values.

Economic Resilience Activity
DAI Global
August 27, 2018 – August 26, 2023

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has disrupted critical market linkages, catalyzed the economic decline of previously dominant industries, and caused massive population disruption. ERA will support entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized businesses in competitive sectors to mitigate the impacts of the conflict and reduce the region's reliance on oligarch-backed big businesses and trade with Russia. In the short-term, ERA will work with conflict-affected and vulnerable populations to help them rebuild their economic livelihoods. In the medium-term, ERA will work in select value chains and with innovative businesses to help them expand and find new markets. ERA’s long-term goal is to build confidence in the future of the eastern Ukrainian economy to stimulate entrepreneurship and investment in the region. ERA primary focus is on providing support to Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, but will actively work to strengthen economic linkages between these two oblasts and the rest of the country.

Last updated: June 13, 2019

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