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Fighting Corruption in the Midst of Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Two years ago, many individuals could not have located Ukraine on a map. Today, names and images of small Ukrainian towns, progress and setbacks on the battlefield, and personal stories of displaced and devastated Ukrainian families are featured daily across newspapers, podcasts, social media, and television. Beside them are the dramatic stories of resilience and bravery by countless Ukrainians, providing glimmers of hope to a global audience.

Alongside the military battles, the country also continues to fight a less visible battle – one against corruption. This battle began well before the current conflict, and the effort has been supported by international donors such as USAID, including through the USAID-funded Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions activity. Like everything else in Ukraine, this battle has been forced to adapt to the constantly evolving context on the ground. 

In a new white paper, “In the Fog of War: Ukraine’s Fight Against Corruption in the Midst of Russia’s Invasion,” four of MSI’s anti-corruption and Ukraine experts, including two currently based in the region, explore why and how Ukraine, with the support of USAID, has decided to double down on the fight against corruption despite uncertainty about the war and how the country will be rebuilt. The authors also share emerging lessons to be learned for anti-corruption programming in other conflict settings.

The article is featured in the 2022 Council of International Development Companies (CIDC) Annual Conference Thought Leadership Compendium. Its authors include Larry Cooley, Founder and President Emeritus of MSI, a Tetra Tech Company; Phyllis Dininio, Chief of Party for the Countering Transnational Corruption Grand Challenge funded by USAID; Eka Tkeshelashvili, Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions project; and Ellen Yount, Vice President with MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, currently based in Warsaw to lead Tetra Tech’s efforts to support Ukraine recovery and reconstruction. 

Learn more about how Tetra Tech is continuing to support stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.