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Alyona Gerasimova

country director

Christine de Guzman

senior program officer

Pact and its local partners are playing a major part in two of Ukraine's most critical struggles—for democracy, and against HIV/AIDS.

Since 2008, Pact has supported local pro-reform civil society organizations working to promote government transparency and accountability, European integration and civic involvement. These civil society partners played a key role in Ukraine’s recent Euromaidan revolution, and today, they are leading the country’s post-revolution reform efforts. 

Public exhibition of political artwork in Ukraine.

Just as HIV/AIDS infections worldwide are plateauing, even dropping in some places, they are on the rise in Ukraine. Every day, almost 60 Ukrainians, mainly high-risk individuals such as intravenous drug users, sex workers and their partners, prisoners, and men who have sex with men, are diagnosed with HIV.

To cope with this crisis, we are readying three nonprofit organizations—the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and The Ukrainian AIDS Center—to lead a strong and sustained fight against HIV. By applying a mix of our trademark approaches—technical assistance, organizational capacity development, and systems strengthening—we are ensuring that when our assistance ends, local organizations can confidently lead the way.

Stories and Highlights

With post-revolution civic education, a Pact partner helps build a democratic generation in Ukraine

June 1, 2018
By Yuliia Kurnyshova and Paul Shields Polina Verbytska is passionate about civic education. She has been working to improve it in Ukraine for much of her career and believes its importance can’t be...

For a hard-to-reach population in Ukraine, innovative online HIV outreach proves critical

January 30, 2018
Roman Marchenko has dedicated years of his life to LGBTI activism. It's a community he knows well, yet even he was surprised at the difficulty his HIV treatment and prevention organization had in...

Through capacity development, a once-small Ukrainian NGO leads in HIV services

January 30, 2018
Although Olena Ovsyannikova was the head of a well-established HIV services NGO, she’d never heard of the concept of organizational development before.

Blind computer literacy trainer breaks down employment stereotypes

November 1, 2016
With help from Pact's UNITER project, Maksym Zadorozhnyi is charting a fresh course for disabled people in Ukraine.

Pottery and empowerment: A new beginning for a Ukrainian woman living with HIV

July 7, 2016
In her late 30s, Olha is a self-employed beginner potter. She dreamed up the idea of opening a pottery studio last year when she attended Studio of Opportunities, a livelihoods program for women...

Champions of Democracy: Pact, Partners Make History in Ukraine

March 28, 2016
In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Pact launched its UNITER program in 2008 to support local civil society organizations working to promote democracy, government...
Access to Justice community meeting

Helping vulnerable people exercise their voice, access their rights

December 10, 2015
"Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always." That’s the theme for this year’s Human Rights Day. At Pact, we believe all individuals are entitled to fair treatment under the law and protection from harm. That’...

In Ukraine, Pact partners make history, usher in democracy

November 13, 2015
Strengthened by Pact, Ukrainian civil society organizations played a critical part in the country's Euromaidan revolution. Now, Pact's partners are leading post-revolution reform efforts.

With Pact’s help, ‘Ukraine’s Jon Stewart’ promotes tolerance, critical democratic reforms

October 29, 2015
Two years ago, most Ukrainians had never heard of Roman Vintoniv. Now he rarely goes a day without a stranger on the street recognizing his black-framed glasses and signature blonde mustache and...

No ‘wow effect’ and much left to do, but Ukraine reforms are progressing, experts say

October 6, 2015
Although Ukraine has made important reforms since its 2014 revolution, change is coming at a pace far slower than civil society organizations and Western governments had hoped, including in key areas...