USAID Helps Legal Clinics to Protect the Rights of the Financial Services Consumers

On 20 February 2020 in Kyiv – The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine received aid from the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST) of 150 000 US dollars for the potential growth of legal clinics in the spheres of rights protection and legal education among consumers of financial services. The Association currently unites more than 50 members and since 2003 actively works on improving services of legal clinics from the best Ukrainian universities.

USAID Grant will be used for the following goals:

  1. Growing capacity of the Association to support, help, and monitor the process of legal education and counselling provision by legal clinics network to consumers of the financial services. Institutional growth of the Association as a national focal point for legal clinics. It is planned to conduct a series of education events for teachers and managers of legal clinics, contests for students, information campaigns for legal clinics service optimization in finance.
  2. Specialized rights protection activities and legal education. Legal clinics of all regions of Ukraine demonstrate its best services in helping consumers of financial services, especially young & low-income persons. Collected material of legal counselling will be published and actively used in further work with people.
  3. A new specialized legal clinic in Sloviansk for provision of services for people of deoccupied territor Currently, quality legal assistance is accessible for an extremely small part of the inhabitants of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine. It increases the risk of financial fraud among low-income persons, but especially among vulnerable categories – youngsters, seniors, and those who live in rural settlements. Locating in Sloviansk, a new legal clinic will become a specialized hub and will be working for financial services consumers on a stable quality level.

Head of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Andrii Halai noted:

«Every legal clinic among more than 50 universities of Ukraine will be able to join this initiative and implement its best developments in rights protection and legal education of financial services consumers. We will develop professionalism and cohesion of legal clinics, strengthen the quality of its work in all regions of Ukraine, in particular, in those that suffered from armed aggression”.

Deputy Chief of Party at the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST) Yuliia Vitka underlined:

«Legal clinics now have all possibilities to become an active player in financial services consumer’s rights protection. The grant will help Ukrainian legal clinics to be prepared and intuitively ready for work in this important sphere».

About the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine

The Association improves the quality of legal education through perfoming a social role – providing free legal assistance and increasing the level of legal culture of Ukrainian society. The Association unites and helps to develop 50 legal clinics in the best Ukrainian universities.

About USAID

USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving successful development results. USAID holds a partnership with Ukraine since 1992. Additional information about USAID is available on the Agency webpage – http://www.usaid.gov/ukraine or on USAID page on Facebook

– https://www.facebook.com/USAIDUkraine.

About the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST)

The USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST) helps to reform financial sector in Ukraine and provides technical support in following directions: consumer crediting; reforming legislative and regulatory frameworks; expanding access to finance in a non-bank financial sector; improving access to electronic finance (e-finance); as well as ensuring population’s involvement to financial markets and rights protection of financial services consumers. Detailed information about the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST) is available on the Project webpage:

http://www.fst-ua.info/en/

and/or

https://www.facebook.com/FSTProject.

USAID Helps Legal Clinics to Protect the Rights of the Financial Services Consumers
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