The International Renaissance Foundation’s mission is to foster an open, participatory, pluralist society based on democratic values in Ukraine. Our projects and grantmaking are guided by the principle that real change can only come if people’s rights and dignity are secured. This belief informs our pursuit of two interlinked goals: ensuring access to justice for all and empowering civil society to be a primary source of positive change in Ukraine.
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, supports investigative journalism and journalists’ unions, and works with antidiscrimination movements. We support the efforts of people living with HIV and AIDS to advocate for their rights, and we help bring human rights to public health and education by supporting palliative care, opiate substitution therapy, and inclusive schools.
The foundation also helps make government more accessible to the people through e-governance centers, and supports civil society efforts to promote laws that improve access to information and secure the status of NGOs and their operations.