There is nothing that gives me more energy, enthusiasm, and excitement for the future than talking with children. Over past few days, I had the opportunity to visit several schools in Bishkek to talk about my work with UNDP in Kyrgyzstan and the Rule of Law team. I spoke with children between the ages of five and… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Anticorruption
Whenever I discuss the governance challenges in South Eastern Europe, the discussion quickly boils down to one issue: (anti) corruption. At the recently organized SELDI policy advocacy workshop, we went back to the basic principles of “good governance.” This opened up a wider debate indicating that now may be the time to both reframe the… Read more »
Friday the 13th got off to a pretty auspicious start if you ask me. It was June and and for two and a half days, fifteen teams of young innovators put their heads together to come up with digital solutions to make Pristina more transparent. Throughout the process they received support from on-site mentors at… Read more »
Corruption is a global threat that undermines a country’s development progress by limiting citizens’ abilities to claim their rights. The linkages between gender equality and development have long been recognized. For example, societies with greater female education have higher growth rates and per-capita incomes, better maternal health, lower infant mortality, and increased levels of nutrition. However, when… Read more »
Why would you want the budget of your city to be open? What does the community really want? Do all those numbers and terms really even mean anything to the average citizen? We at UNDP in Ukraine and Internews wanted some answers.
In Ukraine, people are dissatisfied with the quality of the public services provided by local authorities. The difficulties faced when accessing public services are many: complicated procedures, long queues, inconvenient office hours, and lack of comprehensive and relevant information, to name just a few.
Open data was one of the most hotly debated topics at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Europe regional meeting held in Dublin last week. The discussion focused on the necessity of creating incentive structures for both citizens and businesses to support open data, especially in regards to enhancing public services and driving growth.
“IT-mobilization – National Human Security Hackathon on April 4-5″ I recently received that cryptic text message on my mobile phone; though as a member of SocialBoost‘s network of civic IT activists perhaps I shouldn’t have been too shocked. The same messages inviting people to join the first National Human Security Hackathon co-organized by UNDP in Ukraine, National Security… Read more »
The integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to protecting human rights and fostering economic development. But is this enough to ensure social justice and an inclusive legal state? Unfortunately, for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups across Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the lack of access to justice is widespread. And it… Read more »
Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. If only 10 percent of the money lost from corruption were channeled back to development, it would be enough to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadlines. International Anti-Corruption Day brings together people from all walks… Read more »