To reduce the level of corruption in local authorities by means of building transparency and accountability under the oversight of competent public and business.
- Transparency of Local Authorities. We create Transparency Ranking of 100 Biggest Ukrainian Cities annually. We analyze openness of city councils in 14 spheres based on 86 indicators and provide recommendations on improvement of the situation and dissemination of best practices.
- Institutional Capacity of City Councils. We offer ready-to-use solutions for increase in the level of transparency and accountability to local self-government authorities and support cities on the way to change. We have developed and keep updating a collection of best practices of municipal transparency.
- Development of Local Initiatives. We teach activists how to use advocacy tools and provide them with tools to ensure transparency and oversight of local authorities’ activity.
- Engagement of Active and Competent Public. We hold regular educational events for activists; we create a network of competent strong change-makers who can participate in policy development and implementation; we promote the trend of transparency among the broader public.
- Reduction of Corruption Risks Associated with Business. We measure transparency of the investment sector and advocate changes to city councils. We organize workshops for business.
- Education on Transparency. We organize informal education on transparency and accountability for local self-government authorities, activists and business representatives.
- Analytical Work. We provide high-quality analysis of the situation with transparency and accountability in Ukrainian cities.
We believe that transparency multiplied by active engagement of all stakeholders will guarantee not only absence of corruption but also maximum effectiveness of cities.
Kateryna Tsybenko, Transparent Cities Program Manager (2017 – 2019)
Achievements in 2017-2019
- In three years, the average transparency score among Ukrainian cities increased by 53%. In 2019, 36 cities scored over 50 points, compared to 27 in 2018 and 6 in 2017. The average level of transparency in 2019 constitutes 45.7 points.
- The 2017 leader Lviv had 59 points, the leader of 2018 was Drohobych with 87 points. In the 2019 Ranking, there are two leaders, Drohobych and Pokrov (79.1 points). Please note the methodology underwent significant changes between 2018 and 2019.
- A high rank makes cities more attractive for investors. Mariupol and Drohobych consider their leadership in the ranking to have been one of the factors in the big investments they have engaged. Mariupol has received over EUR 160 million in investments.
- The biggest progress in 2019 was made by Pokrovsk and Kolomyia, with the cities going up 67 points each.
- 66 cities out of 100 increased their level of transparency in the Ranking; one in two of them has done it in cooperation with TI Ukraine.
- Cities of the Program subgrant recipients became growth leaders in Ranking 2018: Pokrov gained 49.65 points, getting right into TOP 5; Bakhmut gained 34.93 points.
- During 2019, the team of Transparent Cities organized, or participated in, 45 events, with almost 1200 attendees. We educated 300 city council representatives on the benefits of increased transparency. Over 2017-2018, 36 presentations and 24 workshops were held, with about 1000 participants from across the country.
- Program analysts prepared two studies in 2019.
- In 2019, we participated in measurement of Kyiv’s transparency in the Ranking of European Capitals Transparency by TI Slovakia.
- The program has developed a board game which teaches the public how to use transparency tools to resolve local problems. We held 10 workshops on its use in various cities, including Kyiv, in 2019.
- Cities which were not included in the ranking use our methodology to verify their own transparency.
- We reviewed the Charter of Lviv territorial community.