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Increasing Confidence in Ukraine’s Democratic Transition .

Peace, Stability, and Transition
Europe and Eurasia

Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative II

Project Dates: April 2017 - April 2022
With Ukraine’s historic democratic transition underway, vulnerable communities in eastern Ukraine need greater confidence in the government, its people, and the country’s European future.

Since the 2014 Euromaidan revolution, the Ukrainian government has pursued a European model of democracy. However, citizens’ skepticism of the country’s reform process in eastern Ukraine is a significant threat to the democratic transition. Through the Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative II (UCBI II), USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) is supporting communities in eastern Ukraine to build greater confidence in the country’s democratic reform. The initiative helps resident of eastern Ukraine embrace a values-based civic identity, engage in the reform process, and access trustworthy news and information about the direction of the country. In turn, these vulnerable communities will more actively participate in, benefit from, and advocate for Ukraine’s transition to a prosperous, unified, and democratic state.

Prior Initiatives

UCBI II leverages the successes of USAID/OTI’s Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI). Implemented by Chemonics between 2014 and 2017, UCBI responded to the democratic reform process initiated by the 2014 Euromaidan revolution. With special attention to eastern Ukraine, the initiative promoted national cohesion by providing strategic assistance and facilitating partnerships at the local and national levels. UCBI launched and implemented 265 activities with a total value of $11.2 million. From supporting displaced communities to expanding public service delivery improvements in eastern Ukraine, UCBI worked to advance Ukraine’s democratic transition in the wake of a sociopolitical crisis.

Project Goals

  • Increase acceptance of a Ukrainian civic identity based on common values
  • Broaden participation in Ukraine’s reform process
  • Build trust and acceptance of objective pro-reform information