Support to Anti-Corruption Champions in Ukraine

MSI is currently assisting the Government of Ukraine to empower institutions to fight corruption and engage the public in anti-corruption efforts.

Ukraine remains among the most corrupt countries in Europe, as ranked by Transparency International. Both grand and petty corruption are rampant for services such as education, healthcare, and law enforcement. A 2015 USAID-funded assessment (Changing Corrupt Behaviors Assessment) found three primary challenges facing anti-corruption reform efforts: endemic corruption, public skepticism regarding reforms, and high public expectations and waning patience.

To address these challenges, USAID/Ukraine selected MSI to implement the Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions (SACCI) program. The project supports the Government of Ukraine’s efforts to systematically decrease corruption through targeted interventions aimed at key government institutions on the national, regional, and local levels. SACCI builds the capacity of these institutions through trainings, facilitating corruption risk assessments, and aiding in the design of anti-corruption strategies and plans. SACCI also assists these institutions with implementing measures to prevent corruption and with strengthening their anti-corruption units.

SACCI builds the capacity of governmental institutions to better communicate anti-corruption reforms to public. The program also engages mass media and civil society groups to convey anti-corruption messages to citizens to reduce their public tolerance to corruption. Significant programming focuses on engaging youth as the key demographic group in creating a future free of corruption in Ukraine. Additionally, the SACCI project fosters inclusiveness by engaging women and vulnerable groups in anti-corruption efforts as invested stakeholders and promoting anti-corruption measures that response to their concerns.

The SACCI Program builds upon MSI’s prior work in Ukraine since 1998 to reduce corruption in government, strengthen legal frameworks and policies, and promote active citizen engagement.