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International Renaissance Foundation (IRF)

Kyiv, Ukraine
Joined April 2017
Presence in: Ukraine

The International Renaissance Foundation’s mission is to foster an open, participatory, pluralist society based on democratic values in Ukraine. It is part of the Open Society Foundations network, established by investor and philanthropist George Soros.

The foundation works with leading Ukrainian nongovernmental groups to engage them in developing a shared public policy agenda for the country, catalyze initiatives that address corruption, and prevent backsliding from democratic reforms.  Our efforts to reduce corruption in higher education have resulted in the institutionalization of anticorruption mechanisms in university admissions testing.

We also support projects and groups that advance the rights of vulnerable populations, improve public health, and confront discrimination. To improve citizen’s access to justice, the foundation develops and promotes free legal aid systems across Ukraine.

We promote European integration of Ukraine through the support of civil society initiatives, aimed at strengthening the influence of civil society on EU-Ukraine relations. The Foundation has contributed to the establishment of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership Ukrainian platform. We also initiated the European Integration Index for Eastern Partnership (EaP) Countries that provide an annual comparative assessment of European integration processes for EaP countries.

People Associated With This Organization

Olga Halchenko

Ukraine  
International Renaissance Foundation...
Joined November 2015
Interests: Corruption, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Peace-building
I am working is working in Ukraine for International Renaissance Foundation in the field of access to justice and legal empowerment of the poor on different legal issues relevant to small communities: domestic violence prevention, mediation, anti-discrimination practices, land owners rights, legal education and information, support to IDPs. We have a network of Community Law Centers that provide primary legal aid. Since 2015, I am part of the team responsible for bringing together primary (NGO) and secondary (Government) free legal aid systems. I am also deeply involved in recent events in Ukraine and supports her country in many ways. She's a volunteer coordinating humanitarian aid and providing necessary equipment to Ukrainian soldiers.
Olga Halchenko is the network champion (main point of contact) for International Renaissance Foundation (IRF).

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