FBA in Ukraine

Ukraine is plagued by armed conflict between the government and Russia-backed separatists in the eastern parts of the country, and corruption continues to undermine the system of governance. FBA supports efforts to enhance respect for the rule of law. We are also engaged in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, dialogue and peace mediation,  in particular in the conflict-affected areas.

The development in Ukraine during the last years, with armed conflict in the east and Russia’s illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula, has led to over a million of internally displaced persons and thousands of deaths.

Ukraine is also ranked as the second most corrupt country in Europe after Russia, according to Transparency International. The widespread corruption and lack of respect for the rule of law create a breeding ground for public discontent.

FBA’s work in Ukraine is mainly focused on the following area:

Rule of law, human rights and election support
Since 2014, FBA is working on the project “Local Self-Government and the Rule of Law in Ukraine” in Ukraine, in collaboration with the Ukrainian partner organizations National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Sociological Agency FAMA. The project is funded by Sida with means from the strategy for Sweden’s development cooperation with Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey.

The main objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of local authorities and municipalities in Ukraine to deliver administrative services in accordance with rule of law principles. It also aims at increasing knowledge and awareness among citizens about their rights vis-à-vis the local administration.

During 2015–2018, rule of law assessments were carried out in 15 Ukrainian municipalities in government-controlled parts of the country. Both civil servants and citizens were surveyed, for example about transparency, corruption, and the citizens’ right to appeal against decisions made by the authorities.

The results from the surveys have given ground for introducing measures to improve the delivery of public services in accordance with rule of law principles, in the participating municipalities.

In 2020 FBA invests in strengthening the access to justice and human rights for groups affected by the conflict, especially internally displaced people and veterans. The activities include for example to carry out a conflict analysis, a mapping of the challenges and an assessment of the needs. The project will also train Ukrainian authorities in dialogue and peace mediation and disarmament, demobilization, reintegration of ex-combatants.

It is a continuation of the work during 2019 when the focus of the project was to ensure that service delivery is responsive to the needs of the conflict-affected population, with activities at both municipal and national level in Ukraine.

Click here to read the entire strategy for Sweden’s development cooperation with Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey 2014–2020.

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Launch of the FBA project in Ukraine

Readiness for reform in southern Ukraine

Rule of law based local governance in Ukraine – ways forward

Citizen’s views contribute to advancing the rule of law in Ukraine

Increased knowledge about good governance in Ukraine – local actors continue the urgent work

To follow the project on Twitter, use the hashtag #RuleofLawUA. You can also follow the latest news on the project’s Facebook page.

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