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Alyona Gerasimova

country director

Christine de Guzman

senior program manager

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

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

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

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,...

How Russia’s war impacts the lives of Ukrainian women: Key findings

September 20, 2022
In Ukraine, Pact partners with more than 70 local women's rights organizations across the country. The Women Included: Nurturing Growth and Security (WINGS) project strengthens women’s economic...

Pact and partners hold forum on building the sustainability of HIV services during the war in Ukraine

August 30, 2022
The USAID-funded Community Action for HIV Control project, led by Pact, rallied representatives of civil society, the government and donor organizations in Ukraine to highlight achievements and...

Amid war and hardship, I’ve seen so much resilience: Pact’s Ukraine country director reflects

May 18, 2022
I was asleep when the phone rang around 5 a.m. on Feb. 24. “It’s started,” I heard my son’s voice say. I knew immediately what he meant. The United States and the UK had been warning for months that...