We are getting ever closer to the end of the year — the traditional time to reflect and look back. And no matter how difficult 2022 turned out to be for all of us, we still have achievements that are worth mentioning.
Despite the difficulties of wartime, our organization continued to work and do everything in its power to strengthen the country.
We are grateful to the entire team of Transparency International Ukraine, which made every effort to ensure that the war on the anti-corruption front continued, and to bring victory as soon as possible! We also express our gratitude to all our friends, donors, and partners who supported our activities and fought together with us against corruption during this difficult time.
So, let’s summarize what we managed to achieve in 2022:
1.We survived, preserved our team and did not go mad.
2. Received the Amalia Award in the “Impact” category for positive changes that contributed to the fight against corruption. We are thankful to Transparency International for the award!
We survived, preserved our team and did not go mad
3. Thanks to the Prozorro.Sale system, Ukraine won the UN Public Service Awards for the best public service. We were involved in the creation of the system and now help to maintain its operation.
4. We participated in the establishment of RISE Ukraine coalition, meant to sure that Ukraine’s recovery will be efficient, fair, and comprehensive, using the “build back better” principle.
5. We developed the concept of Ukraine’s reconstruction: https://bit.ly/3HxD6MM.
6. We issued 27 public statements with the position of TI Ukraine. The vast majority of statements related to coverage of the Russian invasion and informing the public. Furthermore, thanks to the advocacy efforts of our organization and all partners and stakeholders, NABU senior detective Oleksandr Klymenko, who won the competition for the selection of the head of the SAPO in 2021, finally took office as the leader of this institution.
7. We carried out public supervision of three competitions for positions in anti-corruption bodies at once: the NABU, the SAPO, and the ARMA — and promptly informed about the progress in them. We continue to support selection of personnel with the highest level of integrity to state institutions and contribute to fair competition, since we strongly believe these positions must be held by honest, apolitical, independent experts.
8. Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2021–2025 has been approved! This document should help to reduce the level of corruption in Ukraine. From the very conception of this document, we directly participated in its creation and continue to monitor the processes regarding the adoption of the State Anti-Corruption Program, which will provide for the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy.
9. We have adapted the study of transparency of Ukrainian cities to take into account the situation of martial law. We do this so that cities continue to work openly for citizens and partners. Previously, we compiled transparency and accountability rankings of 100 largest cities from all over Ukraine, but unfortunately, it is impossible to do this in the conditions of war.
10. We have presented 12 studies — about public procurement, the work of the High Anti-Corruption Court, partnerships of Ukrainian cities, social housing, regulatory policy, and economic development in wartime conditions. Thus, we helped state bodies and officials, providing recommendations to increase resilience during crises and optimizing work.
11. We have been actively defending Ukraine’s interests on the international arena. In the summer, our representatives attended the conference in Lugano, and in December, they went to the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Washington, where they spoke with the global community about our reconstruction and the confiscation of Russian assets that can help us.
We participated in the establishment of RISE Ukraine coalition, meant to sure that Ukraine’s recovery will be efficient, fair, and comprehensive, using the “build back better” principle.
In addition, we participated in a study visit to the Western Balkans, the World Urban Forum in Katowice, an advocacy trip to Brussels, and held a number of meetings with MEPs, representatives of the European Commission, the MFA of the EU, and the European Council.
12. At the beginning of the full-scale war, we launched a communication campaign calling on businesses to leave Russia in order not to sponsor the war. For example, TI Ukraine’s statement that Russians are collectively responsible for not opposing the war, which was published on TI Ukraine’s Facebook page, reached 265,500 people.
We have been actively defending Ukraine’s interests on the international arena.
13. We conducted 13 trainings for officials on procurement and land use transparency. This will help local officials to work better and more efficiently with these areas.
14. We sent 129 letters to regulatory and law enforcement agencies and procuring entities regarding procurement and analyzed 513 instances of procurement. Such public control helps to protect public funds from corruption so that they are spent as fairly and efficiently as possible.
Public control helps to protect public funds from corruption so that they are spent as fairly and efficiently as possible.
In addition, the team searched for, purchased and handed over to the military the necessary items for the defense of our country. Only in the first 100 days of the war, TI Ukraine purchased and handed over 650 first-aid kits, 100 pairs of tactical glasses, 90 power banks, 65 pairs of shoes for our soldiers, 60 pairs of protective glasses, 30 ballistic helmets, 11 bulletproof vests, 10 thermal imagers, and much more.
In addition, we continue helping our cities to be stronger. Within the Transparent Cities program, we have established an emergency fund, which TI Ukraine uses to purchase the necessary equipment and send it to cities in need. We have already bought 5 generators for the city of Izium, 14 heaters, 10 flash drives, and 5 laptops for the Kupiansk City Military Civil Administration. We are also preparing laptops, heaters, power banks, etc. for delivery to the Lyman City Council. Thanks to this help, heating points are being set up in the de-occupied cities and the work of the military civil administrations is facilitated.
This year has undoubtedly been difficult for all Ukrainians. But now, more than ever, the understanding is coming that all achievements should be recorded so that we can look back to this later. So, this year, when our team celebrated its birthday, we prepared a separate special project about our history and role in helping the state: https://ti-ukraine.org/history/details.html
We continue helping our cities to be stronger.