On November 15-17 representatives of TI Ukraine’s international relations team Olena Kifenko and Iryna Demchuk took part in the annual Membership Meeting of the global TI movement. 

Over 200 participants from 112 accredited chapters got together in Berlin. At the meeting, they discussed the achievements of yet another year and shared their experience. They also gave some thought to how we could strengthen cooperation and coordinate our efforts more effectively to improve transparency and accountability worldwide. 

The members of the TI network supported reforms in TI’s structure and measures which would improve the ability of the international anti-corruption coalition to tackle current global challenges. 

Three new board members were elected at the meeting:

  • EKA GIGAURI – Executive Director at Transparency International Georgia
  • LINDA OFORI-KWAFO – Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) national chapter of Transparency International (TI) 
  • FRANCOIS VALERIAN – Official Chapter Representative (OCR) – France –  Board member of TI France

The participants also supported the following resolutions:

  • TI AMM calls on countries receiving stolen assets to enforce justice, punish culprits and restitute the assets to the victim populations.
  • Transparency International Secretariat and Global Thematic Network Initiative coordination with Transparency International national chapters on national government engagement
  • TI shall prioritize the follow-up, monitoring and active participation in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, specifically in relation to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16’s anti- corruption targets. 

Three new board members were elected at the meeting.

When regional situation was discussed TI Ukraine spoke about the completion of the formation of the anti-corruption infrastructure and the first cases being examined by the High Anti-Corruption Court. They also spoke about public engagement in the reboot of the National Agency for Corruption Prevention, including the role of TI Ukraine’s Head of Legal Kateryna Ryzhenko as the co-chair of the selection board for the new Head of the NACP. 

On the other hand, one of the most negative trends in the anti-corruption struggle worldwide is the shrinking space for social activists. Law enforcement often remains passive when it comes to attacks against journalists and activists. Sadly, Ukraine is no exception here, as illustrated by Kateryna Handziuk’s tragic case. 

The repressions against activists will probably affect country scores in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, which will come out in two months. 

One of the most negative trends in the anti-corruption struggle worldwide is the shrinking space for social activists.