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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.  

Strengthening Rehabilitation Services in Health Systems (SRSHS)  
Implementer: UCP Wheels for Humanity 
Project Period April 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022  

The Strengthening Rehabilitation Services in Health Systems project will support the process of increasing the knowledge and professional practices of physical therapists; contribute to the development and implementation of national rehabilitation policies, regulations, and protocols and generate greater demand for rehabilitation services at the community level. The project will raise awareness and establish processes for cooperation in rehabilitation services in selected regions, such as Kyiv, Lviv, and Zaporizhzhia. It will develop a strategy to physical therapist. The project will work closely with the World Health Organization to develop a strategy for rehabilitation services and will support the Ministry of Health in implementation of rehabilitation reform. Finally, the project will develop information campaign to communicate the role and importance of rehabilitation services at the primary healthcare level. The project has two objectives:

1) Comprehensive, sustainable rehabilitation services and systems developed and strengthened through partnerships and stakeholder engagement;
2) Access to quality rehabilitation services, including additional assistive technologies (AT) for conflict survivors and others requiring such services.  

Enhancing Torture Survivor Mental Health Services
Johns Hopkins University
September 30, 2015 – June 30, 2021

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health is partnering with the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy to alleviate the mental health effects of traumatic events among conflict-affected population groups and their families and contribute to the development and strengthening of an accessible and equitable community mental health care system.

The activity is conducting research of the Combined Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) model, a non-medicalized model of treatment of mental health disorders (depression, anxiety and post-traumatic syndrome disorder), in Kyiv, Zaporizhzhya, and Kharkiv. Thirty counselors trained by the project are implementing CETA and providing counseling to their clients affected by the conflict in the east of Ukraine. Preliminary research data indicates the success of this treatment model in Ukraine and creates the potential to apply this model throughout the system of state social services.

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: November 25, 2019

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