What did TI Ukraine focus on in 2018? What results did it achieve? Who joined the organization’s projects and who supported it with resources? Find out in TI Ukraine’s annual report. 

In the publication, you can find information on the organization’s effort towards maintaining the current anti-corruption infrastructure. Among other things, you can find out how the organization’s team contributed to the launch of the High Anti-Corruption Court and the work of the Asset Recovery and Management Agency. There is a section on the work of the DOZORRO community and development of BI tools for public procurement monitoring. We report on transfer of the ProZorro.Sale system to the government. The team of the Transparent Cities program has prepared an extensive report on its work in 2018. The team also talks about its work on support of whistleblowers. For the first time, we are reporting on our new focus area – building the capacity of regional civil society organizations. There is also a section on TI Ukraine itself as a leading non-governmental anti-corruption organization: its institutional development, international relations, communications and finance. A financial report is also included.

In the foreword, Executive Director Andrii Borovyk thanks his team for their work:

“I am thankful to the team of Transparency International Ukraine and our partners for all the results we obtained last year. Given 2019 is the year of presidential and parliamentary elections, we can probably expect a pause in reforms. There will be change, undoubtedly, but there will probably be more talk than concrete action. It will be a time to take a good look at the successes and failures of recent years, regroup, accumulate all possible resources and prepare for new victories after the election fuss concludes.”

I am thankful to the team of Transparency International Ukraine and our partners for all the results we obtained last year. Given 2019 is the year of presidential and parliamentary elections, we can probably expect a pause in reforms. There will be change, undoubtedly, but there will probably be more talk than concrete action. It will be a time to take a good look at the successes and failures of recent years, regroup, accumulate all possible resources and prepare for new victories after the election fuss concludes.

Andrii Borovyk, ED

TI Ukraine’s Key Results in 2018:

The Parliament supported the Law of Ukraine “On the High Anti-Corruption Court” and amended the Law “On Judiciary and the Status of Judges.” 342 candidates applied for the positions of anti-corruption judges. Over 100 shortlisted candidates were monitored by the public with a list of unworthy candidates compiled.

The ARMA entered the media space. Basic external contacts with the media, the public and government bodies were established. Comprehensive legislative changes were developed, allowing the ARMA to perform its functions more effectively.

The State Audit Service of Ukraine started procurement monitoring in ProZorro using risk indicators implemented based on TI Ukraine’s recommendations. Innovative tools for reinforcement of the DOZORRO community monitoring were implemented on the portal, including AI and automatic risk indicators. The DOZORRO community now includes 25 CSOs, which have already identified violations in almost 10,000 tenders. We have developed the Medical Procurement Analysis Module.

ProZorro.Sale launched a pilot project of commercial bidding, allowing private firms to put up their assets for an auction. Sales of lease rights to corporate property started through the system. Ukrzaliznytsia started leasing its cars through the ProZorro.Sale system as well.

32 cities improved their transparency score in 2018 thanks to the cooperation of the Transparent Cities program, activists and city councils. The highest score in the ranking grew from 59.7 (2017) to 86.9 (2018). The top 10 has changed completely, mainly because cities are now competing for a high score in the ranking. We also developed and launched Investment Sector Transparency Ranking. 5 cities (Vinnytsia, Mariupol, Cherkasy, Melitopol and Pryluky) implemented our recommendations to improve the situation.

We prepared instructions on how to act in the most common situations of bribery.

We enabled reporting of corruption through the Decorruption website.

We held 40 meetings with regional CSOs in 13 cities, selecting partner NGOs, contact groups and potential partners for 2019. We held 7 organizational development trainings for regional civil society organizations with 156 participants total.

The Organization Strategy for 2019-2021 was developed. The team of TI Ukraine was represented at over 250 events with the total number of participants exceeding 6500. We signed memoranda of partnership with three organizations – from Dnipro, Poltava and Lviv.

We got requests to export the experience of such programs as Transparent Cities and DOZORRO to other countries (Chile, France, Nigeria). TI Ukraine representatives were involved in the launch of mTender system in Moldova (the local Prozorro analogue). A system of civic monitoring similar to DOZORRO is planned.

We brought up the issue of attacks against Ukrainian activists at the highest diplomatic level. TI Ukraine’s assessment of Ukraine’s implementation of the Istanbul action plan was included in the OECD report.

Transparency International Ukraine and its projects were featured in over 1500 publications in Ukrainian and international media. The website was updated. TI Ukraine held a large-scale conference Decorruption of Ukraine with significant stakeholder representation (NABU, SAPO, ARMA, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Economic Development etc.)

Annual report 2018