Since the beginning of 2019, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new project USAID Democratic Governance East (DG-East) Program.
Within the framework of cooperation with USAID, MTOT (Ministry for the Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine) acted as a partner of the project from the Government of Ukraine. USAID has implemented another project in the East of Ukraine and has positive developments that will form the basis for this project.
Within the scope of the project the following measures are planned:
• development of new civic groups among young people with financial support for micro-projects;
• informing the population about success stories;
• support for newly created "business associations";
• work with mass media to inform the public about key reforms in Ukraine, the European vector of Ukraine's movement, as well as consolidation of efforts aimed at combating the propaganda of the Russian Federation;
• technical assistance to the community when using transparent procurement procedures;
• support for the development of public education initiatives;
• creation of Internet networks of professional journalists to expose propaganda and fake news;
• organization of cultural events and festivals;
• maintaining communications of Ukrainian specialists and students with colleagues from other regions of Ukraine;
• improving the provision of administrative and social services to Ukrainians living in temporarily occupied territories, as well as vulnerable groups of the population;
• support for advocacy campaigns aimed at protecting the rights of internally displaced persons.
The USAID project is a five-year activity (until 2023) to improve trust and confidence between citizens and government in eastern Ukraine, contributing to USAID’s broader development objective of mitigating the impacts of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. It will be implemented in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, with the involvement of other regions affected by the conflict. The total financing of the project is USD 57 million.