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Evaluating Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Efforts: Shadow Report

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On February 22, 2019, the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform presented to the public the  "Shadow Report on Evaluating the Effectiveness of State Anti-Corruption Policy Implementation" (Ukr). The purpose of the Report is a periodic systematic review of the status of corruption combating and the effectiveness of the tools of anti-corruption policy.

As stated in the report, its task was to carry out a comprehensive and independent evaluation of the status of corruption in Ukraine and the measures taken by the state to combat it and based on this to make conclusions about the effectiveness of the measures taken and propose own recommendations.

The preparation of the Report was attended by experts from  Transparency International Ukraine,  StateWatch, the public platform "Reanimation Package of Reforms" and independent experts. The report covers 2017-2018.

The report was issued with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation. 


The report was prepared on the basis of a specially developed methodology for a comprehensive internal evaluation of the country's progress in anti-corruption, which was first used in the preparation of a similar Report in 2015 and covers the following four areas: 1) anti-corruption policy; 2) prevention of corruption; 3) criminalization of corruption and law-enforcement activity; 4) international cooperation. 


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The Report is a fundamental work and contains more than 300 pages.

The report contains the evaluation of the implementation of the anti-corruption strategy evaluation, the non-tolerance for corruption, the effectiveness of institutions, a description of progress on the integrity of public service, progress in implementing modern governance standards, statistical information, and polls.



The report is structured as follows:

  • Anti-corruption policy
  • Preventing Corruption
  • Criminalization of Corruption and Law Enforcement
  • International cooperation.


Expected results are disappointing:

  • "Instead of developing anti-corruption policies, the NACP deals with much more petty issues that do not matter in global"
  • "Prevention of corruption in the private sector is not regulated."
  • "Good governance standards are not implemented in all areas alike";
  • Anticorruption law examination resembles profanation;
  • Anticorruption programs are implemented in a purely formal way.


Some positive:

  • "The law on civil service largely meets international standards ...
  • Compliance-practice popularity is accelerating ...
  • The irreversible changes are identified, when relevant practices are not only used by international companies 
  • Some companies integrate externally developed IT tools to eliminate corrupt practices at the enterprise.

According to the authors, the most effective approach is using specialized IT solutions, after all  


"External integration appears to be more comfortable to employees for cooperation (exposure of corrupt acts, for example) and allows them not to disclose their identity through appropriate procedures." 


Ethicontrol was mentioned as a national example of best practice in the section on the practices of applying measures to prevent corruption in the private sector.

We are sincerely happy about this and grateful to the team of authors for mentioning our company and, using the opportunity, we remind them about grant conditions for our services to non-profit organizations.