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Contacts

Alyona Gerasimova

country director
agerasimova@pactworld.org

Christine de Guzman

program manager
cdeguzman@pactworld.org

Pact and its local partners are making a difference in two of Ukraine's most critical struggles—for democracy and for women's rights.

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. With funding from USAID, Pact's ENGAGE project is increasing civic education, promoting democratic reforms through local coalitions and ensuring lasting civic engagement in Ukraine. In addition, ENGAGE is building inclusion of marginalized groups, including people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and Ukrainians displaced by Ukraine's conflict with Russia. 

With funding from Global Affairs Canada, Pact is also advancing gender equality and human rights for women and girls in Ukraine. We are building the capacity of women’s rights organizations, supporting advocacy campaigns and promoting inclusion of the women’s movement into a broader reform agenda and national development processes. Pact also helps rural, marginalized and vulnerable women to improve their economic security by enabling their success as employees and entrepreneurs. 

Stories and Highlights

Alyona Gerasimova, Pact's Ukraine country director, center, takes part in an international development dialogue. (Credit: Pact)

Q&A: For Pact’s Ukraine country director, empowering women is job No. 1

March 1, 2021
Alyona Gerasimova is Pact’s Ukraine country director. She also leads two Pact projects that are working to empower Ukrainian women. Here, she discusses her path to leadership in international...
Performers rehearse for 12 Ophelias, an inclusive theater production that showcases empowered women. (Credit: Modern Woman)

In Ukraine, Pact-supported production ‘12 Ophelias’ promotes rights and inclusion of women with disabilities

February 2, 2021
Iryna Sukach had dreamed of performing on stage since her childhood, but for a long time she was unsure whether it was something people who used wheelchairs could do. She pushed herself and was able...
The Kiev skyline from afar. (Photo: Brian Clark/Pact)

Pact partner CHESNO restores beauty and pride in Kyiv through civic action

October 12, 2020
While on a leisurely stroll down Independence Avenue in Washington, DC, during a visit to the United States, Kyiv native Vita Dumanska took in the sights and sounds of the nation’s capital. Dumanska...
The VoxUkraine team. (Photo: VoxUkraine)

Pact partner VoxUkraine fights Covid-19 disinformation, builds an informed citizenry

September 1, 2020
Drink a soda to prevent coronavirus. Wearing a face mask during hot summer days is prohibited. 5G mobile networks increase one’s likelihood of contracting Covid-19. These are just a few of the many...

‘For some women and children, home is not the safest place’: Responding to family and gender-based violence amid Covid-19

April 13, 2020
As communities around the world grapple with the medical and economic calamities created by Covid-19, a separate but related crisis is unfolding: a significant rise in domestic violence, including...

ENGAGE: Building democracy from the ground up

June 12, 2019
In partnership with USAID, Pact launched the ENGAGE project in Ukraine in 2016. The five-year effort is working to advance democratic reforms across the country, build demand for fundamental European...

Building inclusive democracy in Ukraine

February 11, 2019
In partnership with USAID and local NGOs, Pact is working to build inclusive democracy in Ukraine through the ENGAGE project. A key focus of ENGAGE is supporting marginalized groups, including people...

As Ukraine works to deinstitutionalize children, Pact provides essential data tool

January 4, 2019
In Ukraine, more than 100,000 children are living in residential care institutions, but only 8 percent of those children are orphans. Children are placed in institutions for various reasons,...

After dogged advocacy by Pact partner, Ukraine greenlights High Anti-Corruption Court

October 19, 2018
After Ukraine’s 2014 revolution, the country’s new government had a lot on its plate: the occupation of Crimea, the building of a new state and much-needed reforms. One reform – judiciary reform –...

Building inclusivity in Ukraine: 'Who is on Beauty Today?'

October 1, 2018
Pact’s USAID ENGAGE project, which stands for Enhance Non-Governmental Actors and Grassroots Engagement, is helping to advance democratic reforms in Ukraine, build demand for fundamental European...