The FCDO-funded Good Governance Fund (GGF) aims to build resilience in countries across Eastern Europe by providing support for domestic reform agendas which reduce corruption; promoting transparent and accountable institutions; and building open, inclusive economies and societies.
Abt Associates in Britain’s role is to develop, implement, and monitor a portfolio of demand-driven technical assistance projects across the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine).
Prior to the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine, the Abt-led GGF Technical Assistance Facility – Eastern Partnership (GGF TAF-EP) worked closely with local partners and government reformers to strengthen governance in Ukraine. We supported domestic reform efforts to promote transparent and accountable institutions, update legal frameworks, and build open, more inclusive economies. This included the reform and modernisation of labour laws, strengthening government support to small and medium enterprises and developing blueprints and the institutional architecture needed to revitalise the economy of regions affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Abt also provided support to the Government on a new energy strategy to 2050, including energy scenario modelling and policy recommendations to help the government address its energy security concerns. In addition, we helped the Government to model and better understand the impact of Covid-19 on the country’s economy, including the disproportionate impact on small and medium enterprises.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24th February, the programme is pivoting to respond to the Government of Ukraine’s priorities during a time of war. Key areas of technical and policy support include assisting SMEs in Ukraine to adapt to the new context; fiscal policy and macroeconomic stability; war damage assessment and reconstruction; and livelihoods and basic services for internally displaced people.