Acted has been present in Ukraine since 2015 in response to the armed conflict in the Donbas region. Since the large-scale military action began in the country in February 2022, Acted's teams are mobilised throughout Ukraine and neighboring countries to support those affected by the war. Acted expanded its geographic and operational presence in Ukraine and opened 11 field bases throughout the West, East, North and South.
On 24 February 2022, the Russian Federation launched an illegal invasion of Ukraine, dramatically escalating more than eight years of conflict to a full-scale war. This had an unprecedented impact on the country, particularly in non-government controlled, frontline and recently liberated territories. Inside the country, military operations targeting the North, South, and East of Ukraine caused massive displacement, widespread damage to public and private infrastructure, and significant disruption to essential services. The war brought widespread death, destruction, and human suffering, and left 17.7 million people in need of multisectoral humanitarian assistance in 2023.
Acted has been providing humanitarian assistance in Ukraine since 2015, responding to the emergency and longer-term needs of vulnerable, marginalized and conflict-affected populations. Initially, Acted’s intervention focused on the Eastern regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk in particular. But Russia large scale invasion on February 24, 2022 caused unprecedented internal migration and raised humanitarian needs and after the first three months of rapid response and scale up of operations, Acted transitioned its programming to provide comprehensive and multi-sector aid to three contextual profiles within Ukraine:
Acted Ukraine implements a multisectoral portfolio of EUR 100+ million in 2022 and has positioned itself as a leading actor in the countrywide humanitarian response. Thematically, its humanitarian assistance in Ukraine focuses most strongly on Cash assistance; Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene; Shelter, Food Security and Livelihoods; Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction as well as Local Partnerships. Acted teams are devoted to supporting vulnerable communities and working alongside in building a better future by providing a response adapted to specific needs.
GOCA (Grassroots Organization Capacity Assessment): The Technical and material support to local organizations and volunteer groups in Ukraine project, funded by the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund is currently working with seven civil society organisations (CSOs) in working in stable areas in Western and Central Ukraine. ACTED focuses on increasing their capacities, through providing them with capacity building through its GOCA flagship initiative, as well as technical/material support and for the direct implementation of Protection, WASH and Shelter activities.