A full-scale war is going on in Ukraine. Every day, we read the news and feel pain for our destroyed cities and thousands of murdered Ukrainians. This is a difficult challenge, but we continue doing our best, working for the stability of Ukraine, and bringing the victory closer. 

We publish the annual report of TI Ukraine with the most important achievements of the team because we are convinced that it is worth moving on after recording the results and analyzing the previous work. 

In 2019, we presented the organization’s development strategy for three years. TI Ukraine in its work focused on the following priorities:

  • Prevent the possibility of corruption risks at the national and local levels by increasing the transparency and accountability of the authorities. 
  • Engage the maximum number of supporters and create conditions enabling them to unite into effective networks by providing them with continued support. 
  • Ensure an effective system of punishment for corruption-related violations 
  • Strengthen the organization at all levels to better respond to the challenges and improve our effectiveness.

We publish the annual report of TI Ukraine with the most important achievements of the team because we are convinced that it is worth moving on after recording the results and analyzing the previous work.

The system of public auctions, Prozorro.Sale, which was created and is supported by TI Ukraine, won the prestigious international Open Government Award.

The Board of TI Ukraine

The Board of TI Ukraine is the governing body of the organization, which is elected by the Membership Conference of the CSO for a term of two years and consists of five people.

Andrii Vyshnevskyi — Chair of the Board

One of the co-initiators and executive director of the Tomorrow’s Lawyer program; management and organizational development consultant; member of the Supervisory Board of the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision, and a former Deputy Minister of Justice.

Andrii Rozhdestvenskyi

Andrii is Executive Director of the Center for Leadership of the Ukrainian Catholic University, lecturer at the Lviv Business School of UCU. Andrii has already had experience of cooperation with TI Ukraine — for a year he was a member of the board and during this time showed a great interest in the development of the organization.

Matthew S. Stevenson

Matthew is a member of the Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network and Editor-in-Chief at Global Anticorruption Blog.

Tanya Khavanska (2020-2021)

Tanya is a legal and policy analyst on anti-corruption activities at the OECD, used to be an anti-corruption adviser and Deputy Country Director at the American Bar Association.

Pavlo Sheremeta

Pavlo is a manager and economist, the founder of Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, former president of Kyiv School of Economics. In 2014, he was the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. He has experience working in Supervisory Boards of different Ukrainian and international organizations in the private and public sectors.

Olena Kifenko (2021 – present)

Olena has almost a decade of experience working with the public and in the anti-corruption sphere. She previously cooperated with TI Ukraine as head and manager of a department, project coordinator of the International Department.

The Prozvit portal of financial reporting of state-owned enterprises, which helps to monitor the financial performance of companies, was transferred to the state ownership.

Our Values

Unity: We are a team united by a common goal. Our team prevails mutual respect, mutual trust,and responsibility.

Systemic approach: We analyze both the consequences and the reasons, suggesting and implementing comprehensive mechanisms.

Efficiency: We achieve excellent results with optimal use of resources and account for them.

Openness: We are open, accountable, and honest in our activity.

Balance: We are willing to listen to all sides and make an independent, informed decision. Our activity is constructive.

Іnnovation: If old methods are ineffective, we are willing to take risks to find new effective strategies. We think outside the box.

Proactivity: We do not wait for change; we make the change ourselves.

 

7 recommendations for the HACC due to systematic monitoring of (718) court hearings were developed. 2 analytical reports on monitoring the work of the HACC were prepared.

Top victories in 2021

  • The system of public auctions, Prozorro.Sale, which was created and is supported by TI Ukraine, won the prestigious international Open Government Award.
  • The Prozvit portal of financial reporting of state-owned enterprises, which helps to monitor the financial performance of companies, was transferred to the state ownership.
  • 7 recommendations for the HACC due to systematic monitoring of (718) court hearings were developed. 2 analytical reports on monitoring the work of the HACC were prepared.
  • 5 draft laws on the work of the ARMA were written and advocated, 2 of which have already been adopted.
  • Together with partners, we did not allow to destroy the whistleblower institute legally and achieved the President’s veto of the law “against whistleblowers.”
  • We preserved the restored electronic declaration and, together with our partners, we secured the President’s vetoing of the destructive legislative amendments to it.
  • We stood for the legislation in the field of public procurement: we defended simplified procurement, achieved mitigation of localization, defended Prozorro reporting under the NBU agreements on legal services.
  • We analyzed more than 7,000 procurement transactions and directed more than 3,600 appeals. According to our statements, 11 criminal proceedings were opened; 79 contracts were terminated; in 24 cases, members of the tender committee or authorized persons were prosecuted, 112 procurement transactions were canceled; in 512 procurement transactions, changes were made to the tender documentation; in 2 transactions, cases of collusion were confirmed.
  • For the first time, not one, but two rankings were presented — the Transparency Ranking of the 100 Largest Cities of Ukraine and the Accountability Ranking of 50 cities. The average level of transparency of cities amounts to 47.7 points (in 2017 — 29.9), that of accountability — 12.5 points.
  • We conducted 13 studies on procurement, the work of anti-corruption bodies, transparency and accountability of cities, anti-corruption policy, lease and sale of public and municipal property, etc. 

5 draft laws on the work of the ARMA were written and advocated, 2 of which have already been adopted.

Achievements in 2021 by area

Prevention

  • We advocated for the adoption of an anti-corruption strategy and analyzed 504 proposed amendments to it.
  • We provided recommendations to the NACP and monitored their implementation, in particular regarding logical and arithmetic control, “quick checks” of declarations, the monitoring of the lifestyle of officials and the Zero Tolerance to Corruption Strategy.
  • We advocated for an increase in open data in cities: 66 city councils out of 100 published the data required by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No.835.
  • We analyzed the implementation of the provisions of the Government Transparency Code in 9 cities of Ukraine. 7 of them fulfilled the obligations of the Code by 50% or more during the first year of mayoral term of office.
  • The Transparent Cities methodology was used by Transparency International chapters in Latvia and Norway to create the Local Government Transparency Index.
  • Together with Ukrayinska Pravda, we created a map of state-owned enterprises — a tool designed to help ensure transparency and accountability of state-owned companies and draw attention to their activities.

Together with partners, we did not allow to destroy the whistleblower institute legally and achieved the President’s veto of the law “against whistleblowers”.

Engagement

  • We presented a handbook for parents “How to check school procurement” as part of the project “What your school buys.”
  • We collected the best practices of civic monitoring of public procurement.
  • We improve the tools for analyzing public procurement and teach how to use them. In a year, more than 66,000 users used BI Prozorro modules, and we prepared 35 guides on them, conducted more than 30 trainings, and launched an online course on BI Prozorro, which in 2021 was attended by more than 50 specialists.
  • We created an informal network of representatives of local authorities and CSOs working to implement transparency and accountability practices. 35 city councils and 65 CSOs were involved in the Transparent Cities online platform.
  • We launched the Dozorro.Sale community, an association of 5 CSOs that monitors the accounting and use of municipal property and helps local councils implement effective practices with the disposal of community property.
  • We developed a methodology for monitoring violations in the field of privatization and lease of state and municipal property, so that the public could control the procedures of small privatization and lease of public and municipal property through Prozorro. Sale.
  • We supported the Sustainable Investments Office under the SPFU, which helps to reform the sphere of effective public property management.
  • We created an educational series “From Statement to Sentence” with the NABU and the Ministry of Digital Transformation.
  • We conducted 107 training events for more than 3,000 participants.

We preserved the restored electronic declaration and, together with our partners, we secured the President’s vetoing of the destructive legislative amendments to it.

Punishment

  • We achieved the return of prison sentence for false declaration.
  • We analyzed 60 candidates for positions in the SAPO, ARMA and BES, monitored the course of the competitions, promptly informed the public about it, drew attention to the problems, provided recommendations, and did everything to ensure that the process was honest and transparent.
  • We analyzed the problems, developed and advocated amendments to the Criminal Procedural Code to improve the efficiency of management of assets, seized in criminal proceedings, as well as to improve the management of unjustified assets.

We stood for the legislation in the field of public procurement: we defended simplified procurement, achieved mitigation of localization, defended Prozorro reporting under the NBU agreements on legal services.

Key achievements in 3 years

Let us summarize what other changes the organization managed to achieve in 2019-2021 according to our strategic priorities.

  • We co-authored the Anti-Corruption Strategy, the main strategic document in the fight against corruption in Ukraine.
  • We conducted a unique comprehensive study of the capacity, management, and interaction of the anti-corruption bodies, such as the NABU, SAPO, NACP, ARMA, and HACC, providing specific recommendations for strengthening institutions, and thus more effective prevention and punishment of corruption.
  • We contributed to the creation of an electronic trading system, Prozorro.Sale, which was subsequently transferred to the state.
  • We successfully advocated for the conduct of electronic auctions for the sale and lease of bankrupt property in the Prozorro.Sale system. It used to be sold at no cost, and the sale procedure itself could be delayed for several years.
  • We conducted the first Ukrainian research in the field of lease of state-owned objects and presented the report “Lease of public property in Ukraine.” It solves the problems of secrecy regarding the information on all “paper” leases of public property.
  • We were involved in the development and advocacy of the Laws of Ukraine “On Public Procurement,” “On the Lease of the State-Owned and Municipal Property,” the one regarding corruption whistleblowers.
  • Together with the Dozorro community, we analyzed more than 28,000 procurement transactions and directed more than 18,700 appeals regarding them.
  • According to our appeals, 32 criminal proceedings were opened; 166 contracts were terminated; in 148 cases, members of the tender committee or authorized persons were prosecuted; 446 procurement transactions were canceled; in 1,057 procurement transactions, changes were made to the tender documentation; and cases of collusion in 70 procurement transactions were confirmed.
  • We developed a special service for convenient and effective tracking of procurement to combat COVID-19.
  • We launched a project for parents “What your school buys” with an online map of school procurement and detailed guides for parents and active citizens.
  • We launched an online platform transparentcities.in.ua, which helps establish an effective dialogue between the government and the community and on which we can track the level of development of transparency and accountability of cities.
  • We cooperated with 80 city councils to increase transparency and accountability of their activities. We held more than 70 consultations for representatives of city councils, and advocated for the adoption of regulatory acts on transparency in 25 cities.
  • We contributed to the increase in urban transparency. During the period of the ranking and the program, since 2017, the average level of transparency of cities has increased by 59.5%.
  • We developed a board game “Transparent Cities,” which interactively teaches the possibilities of citizens’ influence, co-participation of the authorities and the community in decision-making, and tools of transparency and accountability. We conducted 15 trainings on its use in different cities of Ukraine.
  • We shared experience of TI Ukraine in approaches to assessing urban transparency, in particular, TI Ireland used the Transparent Cities methodology as an example for the development of its own Integrity Index.
  • We launched the TI Ukraine online store for the sale of souvenir products to diversify revenues and increase the sustainability of the organization.
  • In 3 years, 27 projects from 22 donors were successfully implemented.

For the first time, not one, but two rankings were presented — the Transparency Ranking of the 100 Largest Cities of Ukraine and the Accountability Ranking of 50 cities.