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Alyona Gerasimova

country director

Christine de Guzman

deputy director

Pact and its local partners are making a difference in some of Ukraine's most critical struggles—for democracy, for women's rights and for HIV epidemic control.

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 so-far reforms, and today, they are leading the country’s continued 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, hard-to-reach and vulnerable groups.

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. 

Pact's newest project in Ukraine is accelerating efforts to achieve HIV epidemic control by 2030 by improved prevention, testing and linkages to care among key populations. Pact and its partners are helping people living with HIV to learn their status and get appropriate HIV care.

Stories and Highlights

As need for mental health services soars in Ukraine and beyond, Pact and our partners deliver

September 13, 2023
Tetiana Petrova knows from personal experience how difficult it can be to cope with war. Twice she has been displaced by conflict, first from Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine, where she was living when...

How to strengthen your capacity and change your community: The story of the Women's Hub in Ukraine

May 11, 2023
The Women's Hub, a partner of the Women of Ukraine project, has strengthened its organizational capacity to become an entity to be reckoned with by local authorities and other stakeholders in...

Despite war, Pact and its partners in Ukraine deliver critical HIV services

April 26, 2023
When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Olha Belkova and her colleagues were busy doing what they’d been doing for years – providing HIV services to people who needed them most in Mariupol and...

A mother in Ukraine finds strength, income with support from Pact's WINGS project

April 20, 2023
In June 2022, when Kateryna Hilinich first met with a WINGS project coordinator, she felt desolate and devastated. Six months of war, the shelling of her native city of Bila Tserkva, difficulties...

Larysa’s story: With Pact’s support, a transportation business in Ukraine succeeds

March 23, 2023
In Larysa Karpova’s suburban town in Ukraine, residents desperately needed reliable transportation to the city. Karpova and her family started a transportation business to help their neighbors, but...

As war rages in Ukraine, women entrepreneurs find strength, hope in business

March 1, 2023
For Natalia Chukhil, sewing children’s toys has long been a way to cope amid war and instability. When Russia invaded eastern Ukraine in 2014, Chukhil was forced to leave her home in Donetsk. To take...

Podcast: Crisis leadership skills during war: Pact's Alyona Gerasimova in Ukraine

November 22, 2022
In this episode, of NGO Soul + Strategy, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken interviews Alyona Gerasimova, the Country Director for Pact in Ukraine. 

In Ukraine, HIV service monitors deliver critical data to improve care amid war

November 15, 2022
  Interviews in one city revealed that almost no information was available about PrEP, a medication for HIV prevention. In another city, informants told of long wait lists and limited information...

Three key ways to fight the HIV crisis in Ukraine

September 26, 2022
Despite Ukraine’s severe displacement crisis after almost seven months of war and significant damage and losses caused by the hostilities, collaboration between Ukrainian and international partners,...

HIV in Ukraine: Achievements, challenges and a new action plan

September 20, 2022
Eighty-three representatives of NGOs, community organizations, Ukrainian government, donors and international organizations have developed a joint resolution detailing achievements, challenges,...