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 Delia Ferreira. This global anti-corruption network is known, among other things, through its signature analytical products: the Corruption Perceptions Index and the Global Corruption Barometer study. In the 2016 Global Go To Think Index Tank report, Transparency International was rated 27th out of 175 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 with 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 6 years.
In October of 2014, Transparency International Ukraine received the official accreditation as a chapter of Transparency International, granted at the annual meeting of members of the global anti-corruption movement.
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 foundation package for anti-corruption laws.
After the Revolution of Dignity, as a team, we 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, are implementing the system of sales of state assets and property ProZorro.Sale based on the same principle and help with implementation of healthcare reform through eHealth. We were one of Ukraine’s first organizations which 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 for three years now, aimed at changing citizens’ perceptions of corruption (“I Don’t Bribe,” “Wake Up! Corruption Kills!”, “They Would Not Keep Silent” and “Corruption Must Be Spotted”. TI Ukraine also builds transparency on the local level with the #TransparentCities project.
On 1 July, 2016, the organization was headed by a new Executive Director Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, and its head office moved to Kyiv. We have also revised our mission which now features our ambition to reduce corruption levels in Ukraine by promoting transparency, accountability and integrity of public authorities and civil society.
Today our team has over 30 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.