Nostalgia for the Soviet (or Yugoslav) economic systems is often encountered in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Many of the reasons for this—security, stability, an absence of armed conflict—are not hard to understand. However, many people from these regions—including those who approve of the changes that took hold in the 1990s—also seem to miss the… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Anticorruption
According to Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (2016), Moldova is ranked 103rd (out of 168 countries worldwide) making it one of the most corrupt countries in Europe. When we talk about corruption, we often talk about corruption at government level and the role of citizens in tackling it, but what about the role of parliamentarians?… Read more »
Recently, we blogged some lessons learned from our 20+ year work on anti-corruption: The question was, what to DO? This time we continue where we left off but with a few things we need to reframe in the work against corruption. Think of these as the DON’Ts!
Last week, UNDP global representatives, including Helen Clark, attended the Anti-Corruption Summit in London and produced a declaration. To prepare, we convened all colleagues working on anti-corruption from our region, as well as from the Arab States in Prishtina, to take stock of lessons learned from 20 years of involvement in anticorruption. For those of you who… Read more »
In his blog, the Nonprofit Chronicles, Marc Gunther writes: How do feedback loops differ from conventional monitoring and evaluation (M&E)? One attendee told me that feedback loops are the equivalent of diagnosing and treating a disease; a conventional evaluation is more like an autopsy, and thus of limited value to the patient. This leads us… Read more »
Last month – alongside nearly 1,200 other anticorruption experts and practitioners from over 130 countries – I had the opportunity to go to Malaysia for the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC). UNDP was one of the main organizers and I was keen to bring the Romanian perspective following our work on the subject. So what did… Read more »
We’ve all said it. How boring is this conference – sitting in a hot, windowless room, a unenthused speaker reading off the same PowerPoint he or she’s been using since the late 1990’s. The truth is there is always something to learn; however, it’s just not necessarily during the presentation. What’s interesting to us is… Read more »
In July, I sat in a room with some of the leading academics in the corruption studies field. In 2012, some of them had embarked on a five-year adventure aimed at identifying patterns in the successes and failures of anti-corruption efforts. Three years on, they invited their peers to Berlin to provide feedback, and allowed… Read more »
Most people don’t know a lot about Moldova. One prominent story to make international news recently, was a widespread scandal involving the theft of US $1 billion from three of the country’s leading banks. Thus, few might realize that the small country between Romania and Ukraine also happens to be at the forefront of the data… Read more »
Working with local authorities can be frustrating. Anti-corruption activists often find the reforms they support undermined by administrative inefficiency and encumbered by bureaucratic malaise. Municipalities are easily overtaken by corrupt systems. Citizens do not get access to basic services and businesses operate in a predatory environment.