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Alyona Gerasimova

country director

Christine de Guzman

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 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. 

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

A learning event that was part of RESPOND, a USAID/PEPFAR-funded HIV program that Pact implemented in Ukraine from 2012-17. Credit: Pact.

Pact and partners launch new USAID project to accelerate Ukraine’s HIV epidemic control

November 30, 2021
Pact has launched a new project to accelerate Ukraine’s efforts to achieve HIV epidemic control by 2030 through improved prevention, testing and linkages to care among key and priority populations....
Participants in the CEADZ Women's Leadership Program. (Credit: Pact)

Driven by data, Pact builds civic engagement for stronger democracies

September 9, 2021
Across the world, the ability of citizens and communities to address urgent, wide-ranging social and economic challenges depends on their civic knowledge and willingness and power to take part in...
Hosts of Toronto TV

Ukrainian show uniting citizens around reforms and activism paves the way to sustainability

July 12, 2021
The endless flow of news, updates and messages offered by traditional media outlets can overwhelm citizens. Political control, clickbait headlines, propaganda and fake news create a huge gap filled...
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...