Transparency International is a global anti-corruption NGO with over 100 chapters worldwide, founded in 1993 by Peter Eigen, former Director of the World Bank, and currently chaired by Jose Ugaz. This global anti-corruption network is known, amongst other things, through its signature analytical products: the Corruption Perceptions Index and the Global Corruption Barometer study. In the 2014 Global Go To Think Index Tank report, Transparency International was rated 13th out of 150 think tanks globally.
Transparency International Ukraine (TIU) grew from a Ukrainian NGO Creative Union “TORO” that started operations in 1999 in Kropyvnytsky (Kirovohrad). Since 1 June, 2012 the organization officially evolved into Transparency International Ukraine having 10 employees on board.
The small but dynamic team managed to become one of the leading Ukrainian anti-corruption organizations working on transparency in public finance, open governance, development of effective anti-corruption policies, and nurturing a network of skilled anti-corruption activists. Amongst other things, TIU created a wide regional coalition ‘Declarations without Decorations’ for monitoring high-ranking officials’ declarations and their lifestyles. TIU was also in the lead of the Open Government Partnership Initiative for Ukraine, and has been overseeing the initiative’s implementation for the last 5 years.
Throughout the Revolution of Dignity TIU was a source of unbiased information on the situation in Ukraine for journalists and international partners. At that time, TIU joined a nucleus of organizations that would later on form the Reanimation Package of Reforms Platform, and together with its partners developed the foundational package of anti-corruption laws.
After the Revolution of Dignity we, as a team, focused on monitoring anti-corruption reform implementation and inauguration of new anti-corruption bodies. In addition, TIU assisted in development, administration and promotion of ProZorro e-procurement system, charted the course for challenging negative perceptions of whistleblowers and blueprinted systems for their protection. In addition to this, TI Ukraine has been conducting large-scale national awareness-raising information campaigns, aimed at altering citizen perceptions of corruption. These widely-known campaigns have included ‘Wake up! Corruption Kills!’, ‘They would not Keep Silent’ and ‘Corruption Must be Spotted’.
In a more recent move, TIU has revised its mission which now features desire to reduce corruption levels in Ukraine by promoting transparency, accountability and integrity of public authorities and civil society. On 1 July, 2016 the organization was headed by a new Executive Director Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, and its head office moved to Kyiv.
Today our team has over 20 specialists. We are a strong chapter of the global movement that embraces the TI global vision of a world, where public authorities, business circles, civil society and everyday life of citizens are free of corruption.
Working towards completion of our strategy, in 2018 we see ourselves as an organization that can boast of a solid analytical potential, works to scrutinize current anti-corruption policies of the state, and drives towards a full-fledged policy-center.