USAID looks for agency help in Ukraine

The government agency will start an official search this month for a communications firm to boost reform efforts in the country.

Kiev's Golden Gate. (Image via Wikimedia Commons).
Kiev's Golden Gate. (Image via Wikimedia Commons).

WASHINGTON: The US Agency for International Development is planning to launch a bid process this month for an agency partner to support its efforts fostering change in Ukraine.

USAID posted a pre-solicitation notice that it will soon distribute an RFP seeking a firm to help with "conceptualization and execution of public awareness campaigns aimed at increasing awareness of several reform initiatives underway in Ukraine."

The winning firm will focus on boosting support of nationwide reform. To that end, it will educate the public about reforms, which have been hampered by problems like conflicting messaging, according to the documents. The agency will also work to show the Ukrainian people how these changes will benefit them, as most think any reforms will only benefit the government, oligarchs, and other special interests, according to the pre-solicitation notice.

Additional contract details were not immediately available.

Ukraine’s government is in turmoil as its governing coalition lost its parliamentary majority this week after another party dropped out amid two years of violence between pro-Russian and pro-Western factions in the country. Western countries have accused Russia of aiding and providing weapons to rebels in Ukraine.

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