Integrity School Strengthens the Fight Against Corruption

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Viktoriia Kozachenko, a former USAID Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions (SACCI) staffer presents at the Integrity School.
Courtesy of the USAID Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions (SACCI) activity

After a bumpy couple of years, the road ahead looks much smoother for Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) Integrity School.

In October 2020, the NACP launched the NACP Integrity School to build the capacity of civic activists and NGOs to work with anti-corruption legislation, conflict of interest regulations, and e-declarations. Integrity School participants learn how to collect and process monitoring data and how to communicate with anti-corruption authorities. The initiative brings together activists from all over Ukraine to promote reforms and disseminate the principles of transparency and accountability.

“The ultimate goal is to teach activists and citizens how they can develop expertise in anti-corruption best practices and conflict of interest regulation. As a result, local monitoring becomes more active, and more relevant information is submitted to the NACP, ” stated Viktoriia Kozachenko, a former USAID Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions (SACCI) staffer now working with NACP to develop education programs on integrity. 

The NACP Integrity School expands a previous Anti-Corruption School initiative by extending the audience from civil society activists to activists of all ages, including school-aged youth.  

After a period of political uncertainty over its future, the NACP restarted its work in January 2020. Since then, it has focused on building relationships with NGOs and citizen activists for effective grassroots monitoring and corruption prevention. 

With the reemergence of a stronger NACP, USAID catalyzed opportunities to strengthen local ownership and sustainability through the Integrity School. USAID partnered with the NACP to help them manage the school and to develop a manual of best practices for planning, organizing, and conducting courses.  In a testament to how civil society perceives the newly relaunched agency and its efforts to foster a robust civil society, more than 500 individuals registered for the school’s first lecture series.

Through the school, the NACP hopes to create a vigilant network that adds value and effectiveness to its work. Now more than ever, Ukraine needs vigilant watchdog organisations working in tandem with the government to combat corruption. Ultimately, these partnerships will strengthen  anti-corruption legislation enforcement and promote a culture of zero tolerance for corruption among citizens.

Last updated: August 03, 2021

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