Transparency International Ukraine 2023Annual Report
Making Ukraine stronger!

Our Achievements

Support for strategic state sectors
In 3 strategic public spheres, we joined the creation of the State Anti-Corruption Program, a methodology for prioritization of reconstruction projects, a procurement agency for non-lethal needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (State Rear Operator)
Prevented violations
UAH 500+ million was saved by preventing violations in procurement
Ukraine's Armed Forces Assistance
UAH 3,150,770 was transferred to the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
European Commission Report
We provided information for the European Commission’s report on Ukraine
Criminal investigations
41 criminal proceedings were opened upon our appeals
Government transparency
In 70 cities, we analyzed the transparency of local authorities
Development of the DREAM system
DREAM (Reconstruction Project Management System): together with OCP and the RISE Coalition, we advocated the creation and launch of the system
Analyzed candidate profiles
94 analyzed profiles of candidates in anti-corruption competitions

TI Ukraine values

  • Consistency
  • Unity
  • Efficiency
  • Openness
  • Innovation
  • Proactivity
  • Balance
Chair of the Board of TI Ukraine

​​The second year of Ukraine surviving in a state of war is over.

Since the full-scale invasion, we have learned to adapt, function, and sometimes progress against the background of constant pain. In these two years, Ukrainians went through various stages of shock, despair, and hope, as well as exhaustion. This was no exception for the TI Ukraine team. The war inevitably affected each and every employee personally, as well as the organization itself. Four of our employees joined the Defense Forces. One of our colleagues continues long-term treatment after a serious injury; there is, unfortunately, a missing defender among our team

All the more significant and valuable are the country's achievements in wartime and TI Ukraine's contribution to anti-corruption progress. Even in the hardest of times, we have much to be proud of and to be inspired by as we continue to fight for the values of openness, freedom, and democracy.

In 2023, our team had a number of real victories in anti-corruption policy, public procurement, reconstruction, and the resumption of transparency both locally and at the national level.

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Executive Director of TI Ukraine

Hi there! If you are reading this text, it means that you are interested in the annual 2023 report of TI Ukraine. Even in this difficult and “somewhat” risky time for Ukraine, our team considers openness and accountability to society and numerous partners to be crucial in its activities. In such reports, we annually summarize our activities for the past 12 months, outline the conditions in which we operated, and clearly state the results of our team.

We will remember the past year as one that changed the Ukrainian worldview. If 2022 will be remembered as the year of Ukrainians uniting to repel the Russian invasion, 2023 will seem much more difficult for many, with significantly more challenges. The overall state of society, events at the frontline and the international arena—all of this undoubtedly affects the activities of any organization. Last year, we witnessed certain societal uplift considering the difficult winter we had passed and the expectation of a successful counteroffensive at the frontline. However, since autumn, the uplift has changed to accepting the reality and fatigue.

We underwent a difficult process of approaching the opening of negotiations on accession to the EU. To start this process, specific steps were taken, including in the field of countering corruption, that partners expected from us. Therefore, our anti-corruption movement has become an important component of launching the practical process of organizing these negotiations.

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Effective anti-corruption policy
Effective anti-corruption policy
Kateryna Ryzhenko
Ukraine's aspirations of European integration have had a significant impact on the fight against corruption. Last year, the parliament and the government repeatedly heeded the opinion of the public and corrected mistakes precisely in view of the desire to accelerate Ukraine’s accession to the EU.
432 meetings were attended as part of the HACC monitoring
94 profiles of participants in various competitions to government agencies were analyzed
We joined the development of the State Anti-Corruption Program
We achieved satisfactory resumption of e-declaration together with the public sector and international partners

TI Ukraine continues to analyze the work of the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC). In the course of the year, our monitors attended 432 court hearings, where they collected analytical materials on the most high-profile corruption cases considered by the court. As a result of this work, TI Ukraine's experts prepared a comprehensive analysis of the HACC’s activities from January to September 2023. It included the institutional and operational aspects of the court's work and the results of monitoring 59 of the most high-profile corruption cases pending pre-trial and trial. This was already the fourth report on this topic, so the monitoring of the HACC’s activities covers all periods since the establishment of the institution and continues to this day.

Currently, TI Ukraine experts are focused on 78 different corruption proceedings. To cover the cases considered by the Anti-Corruption Court as fully and in detail as possible, we will soon launch a special online platform. This resource will reflect all HACC cases, as well as decisions on them, detailed analytics, infographics on the stages of the trial, etc.

TI Ukraine presented the second study of the capacity, governance and interaction of the Anti-Corruption Infrastructure. According to its results, starting from 2020, all anti-corruption agencies have improved their institutional capacity—the average indicator has increased by 0.5 points (from 3.4 to 3.9 out of 5 possible). This indicates a real strengthening of the anti-corruption ecosystem. The NABU, the SAPO, the HACC, the NACP, and the ARMA have sufficient institutional capabilities to implement the functions assigned to them.

However, each body has its own list of issues that need to be addressed. The most relevant problems in late 2023 included:

  1. the need to develop and adopt a legislative framework to counter the abuse of procedural rights among participants in criminal proceedings and the possibility of considering a certain category of cases by HACC judges single-handedly;
  2. the need to introduce a system for assessing the effectiveness of prosecutors, including SAPO prosecutors;
  3. the urgency to ensure the creation of an independent expert service for NABU cases;
  4. the need to align the staffing structure of the NABU with the legislation and to conduct transparent and open competitions for vacant positions;
  5. ensuring a proper regulatory framework to conduct an external audit of the ARMA's activities.
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Efficient and transparentprocurement
Efficient and transparentprocurement
Ivan Lakhtionov
Every year, the effectiveness of civic monitoring of public procurement increases. However, the state must also do its job effectively. Therefore, we are trying to advise public auditors and help them become a more efficient and capable institution
41 criminal proceedings were opened upon our appeals
UAH 500+ million was saved by preventing violations in procurement
We helped launch the State Rear Operator
We helped develop crowdsourcing in Prozorro Market

In 2023, there were more competitive tenders, more rebuilding-related procurement, and more scandals. Drums and stadiums, vegetable slicers, landscaping—stories about these procurement transactions were a hot topic for months. In some cities, communities of residents actively controlling the distribution of local budget funds have formed; they are influencing where the money will go.

Such stories are possible due to Prozorro. It is thanks to the system that we can review these tenders, with all the details. Over the past year, we have constantly monitored procurement, looking for deficiencies and achievements. Upon our appeals, procuring entities corrected problems in procurement transactions or canceled them if it was too late to correct something, saving more than UAH 500 million. We usually try to communicate with procuring entities where it's possible, explaining to them what is wrong so that they eliminate the risks.

Of course, there are times when this option does not work. Therefore, procurement transactions worth UAH 900 million are planned to be checked by the State Audit Service and the Antimonopoly Committee upon our appeals. The prosecutor's office has opened 41 criminal proceedings regarding tenders for almost UAH 550 million. In total, more than 2,000 tenders were checked, and 775 letters were referred to procuring entities, supervisory bodies, and law enforcement officers. We also found a company of a Russian origin, which continued to receive contracts. We appealed to the SSU, and the agency promised to investigate the situation. In autumn, it blocked the resource.

In addition to situational monitoring, our team conducted profound research in the field. This always takes longer, and the result may not be immediately obvious. We take the conclusions of our analytics as a basis for the development of new solutions and their advocacy. Last year, our study on the monitoring of auditors grew into a separate area of work with the State Audit Service. In particular, a draft law on blocking payments was suspended, and a reasonable alternative was offered, which we are still discussing. We hope that in the future, this cooperation will allow for the development of the State Audit Service.

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Anastasiya Mazurok
We are convinced that the war is not a reason for local authorities to pause transparency where it does not threaten security. So, this year, we continued to encourage cities to become more transparent, including to achieve the successful European integration of Ukraine
In 70 cities, we analyzed the transparency of local authorities
We identified 3 transparent cities, 10 were partially transparent, and 57 cities were non-transparent
UAH 1.9 million was provided to cities in 11 oblasts
We updated the methodology for studying city transparency in 2023

The program opened 2023 with an assessment of the transparency of Ukrainian cities for 2022. For the first time, our team conducted a study adapted to military realities according to the new methodology and presented the results of the state of transparency in 70 cities of Ukraine. Instead of the usual scores and ranking, we introduced the status of the city (“transparent,” “partially transparent,” and “non-transparent”) and the level of fulfilling research indicators.

According to the results, three cities were recognized as “transparent”—Dnipro, Lviv, and Mukachevo. Ten cities: Vinnytsia, Volodymyr, Zhytomyr, Kamianske, Kyiv, Kropyvnytskyi, Lutsk, Ternopil, Uzhhorod, Chernivtsi were marked as “partially transparent.” The rest 57 cities were recognized as “non-transparent.”

But the results of the study should be interpreted considering the conditions in which Ukrainian cities find themselves. At the beginning of the war, the local authorities faced a difficult task: it was necessary to save people's lives and at the same time not to lose the transparency in their operation. Often, due to security risks, some cities closed the data completely, suspended the work of official portals, held meetings behind closed doors, did not announce them, while others partially limited access to information that the enemy could use, in their opinion. This also affected the overall results of the study.

In late 2023, the team presented an updated Methodology for assessing city transparency in 2023. Like last year, the study will be adapted to military realities, but this time, the assessment will be conducted among the 80 largest cities in Ukraine according to 50 indicators.

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Confiscationand property management
Confiscationand propertymanagement
Nataliia Sichevliuk
Effective confiscation of pro-Russian assets both in Ukraine and abroad remains one of the most important tasks for Ukraine during the war. 2023 was marked not only by achievements in this area, but also indicated obstacles to the successful confiscation of criminal property
30 cases on the confiscation of pro-Russian assets were studied
679 confiscated sanctioned assets were analyzed from the perspective of transfer and further management
45 appeals were sent to public authorities for confiscation and management of confiscated assets

The organization continues to develop a comprehensive research and analytical framework to improve the policy on assets related to sanctioned individuals and entities. In particular, together with Ukrainska Pravda, TI Ukraine launched the How to Confiscate Russian Assets in Ukraine portal. It describes all the existing mechanisms for confiscation of (pro-)Russian assets in Ukraine, their stages, risks and ways to neutralize them. The platform is updated regularly and also indicates what will happen to all these assets in the future.

TI Ukraine experts analyzed the practice of the transfer and further management of 679 confiscated sanctioned assets. The results of this analysis demonstrated the ineffectiveness of management processes due to delays or unreasonable managerial and procedural decisions on the part of key actors.

We also identified the reasons for blocking the sale of confiscated sanctioned assets. As a result, we advocated amendments to the Law on Sanctions before the government and MPs because due to an improper regulation, the sale of almost 700 sanctioned assets managed by the SPFU was blocked. Because of this, the funds from the sale of this property were never used to eliminate the consequences of armed aggression.

Transparency International Ukraine also analyzed other issues related to the problems of the confiscation of criminal property. Our specialists analyzed regulatory acts at the national and international levels and identified conceptual problems that may impede the effective use of asset recovery tools in criminal proceedings. Based on the studied data, TI Ukraine experts provided recommendations on changes in legislation to improve confiscation and ways to update this process.

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Transparent andaccountable recoveryof Ukraine
Transparent andaccountable recoveryof Ukraine
Andrii Shvadchak
The world has not faced such a scale of restoration since World War II. Therefore, we need to develop all solutions practically from scratch and on the spot. We at TI Ukraine believe that this can only be achieved in cooperation between the state, civil society, and business. Thus, we are actively involved in finding answers to the challenges of reconstruction
We helped launch DREAM
We developed a methodology for public monitoring of reconstruction, which is now used by other CSOs that monitor reconstruction
We helped the Ministry for Restoration develop a methodology for prioritizing reconstruction projects financed from the Remediation Fund

According to the latest Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment from the World Bank, the UN, and the Government of Ukraine, Ukraine's recovery needs amount to approximately USD 486 billion. This figure will only grow.

Despite the fact that the war continues and probably will not end in the near future, Ukraine was forced to plan and implement its reconstruction almost from the very start of hostilities.

No other European country has faced such losses since the World War II. Therefore, Ukraine had to develop approaches to its recovery from scratch: regarding the prioritization of reconstruction projects, the distribution of funding, compensation procedures, and much more.

At all stages, the team of Transparency International Ukraine is actively involved in the development of relevant legislation. First of all, as one of the co-founders and members of the RISE Ukraine Coalition, we advocated the creation of a unified electronic reconstruction management system, which was embodied in DREAM in 2023.

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Assessingpublic sentiment
Anastasiya Mazurok
In the two years, Ukrainians have grown somewhat tired. At the same time, there is a feeling that both the war and the reconstruction will be lengthy. For society in such a state, it is crucial to have specific communication messages from the authorities, clear long-term plans, transparency, and real the engagement of citizens in all important processes and the possibility of influence
We conducted 2,021 interviews with the population of Ukraine
405 interviews with business representatives
10 in-depth interviews with mayors or their deputies
24 in-depth interviews with Ukrainians whose property was damaged as a result of hostilities

Ukrainians are now in a state of total transformation—migration flows, social challenges, rethinking history, prioritizing values, etc. Tolerance for corruption in the country and the tone of conversations about corruption are also changing; citizens are gaining more agency, are ready to fight and defend their rights.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, there have been many social processes, so, it is important to notice these changes in time, to understand the expectations, problems, and needs of society. Therefore, in 2023, for the first time, at the request of Transparency International Ukraine, the Info Sapiens research agency conducted two waves of a sociological survey of the Ukrainian population about the needs and expectations of the future reconstruction of Ukraine. The first wave covered the period of March­–April 2023 and the second wave covered the period of November 2023.

Both waves surveyed the adult population of Ukraine living in the country at the time of research. In addition, each wave had additional components and covered certain target audiences. Thus, in the first wave, the respondents were citizens of Ukraine and business representatives. The collected data represented the opinions of citizens and businesses on the main issues: expectations of reconstruction, vision for reconstruction, trust in institutions, key risks and ways to neutralize them.

In spring 2023, Ukrainians listed war (100%), destruction of infrastructure and housing (98%), as well as corruption (94%) as the main problems of the country. The business at that time identified the lack of solvent demand, low purchasing power, loss of qualified personnel, problems with the supply chain, and loss of logistics links as their pressure points.

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Veronika Borysenko
While our army keeps the defense at the front, the public is doing everything to help Ukraine grow stronger. At TI Ukraine, we promote democratic reforms that increase Ukraine's credibility abroad and bring us closer to EU membership
We had 15 advocacy trips abroad
We advocated the interests of Ukraine in 10 countries of the world
We co-organized 3 panel discussions within international conferences
3 public events were held in Ukraine with the engagement of international representatives

In 2023, TI Ukraine continued to actively cooperate with international partners. First of all, we advocated transparent recovery of Ukraine and the continuation of anti-corruption reforms that move our state towards membership in the European Union.

Together, we managed to restore e-declaration and political parties reporting. In 2023, a significant part of previously closed data was finally opened, in particular, in the field of defense procurement. An important advocacy achievement was the support of the DREAM system by international partners, which would help Ukraine recover more effectively. Ukraine was able to implement the vast majority of the Commission's recommendations and start accession negotiations with the EU; we are proud to have contributed to this progress.

TI Ukraine strives to make Ukraine's voice abroad sound as loud as possible. Therefore, our experts made 15 advocacy trips to 10 countries of the world, including the United States, Great Britain, Norway, France, Estonia, and other European countries.

We conveyed our interests to European and American high-ranking officials who directly participate in decision-making processes. In particular, over the past year, representatives of TI Ukraine held a number of advocacy meetings with congressmen, representatives of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. We sought to demonstrate Ukraine's achievements in the fight against corruption, as this contributes to the provision of military and financial assistance to us.

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We are sincerely grateful to our glorious warriors! You are our biggest treasure.

In 2023, TI Ukraine continued to provide material support to our troops and cities. We purchased quadcopters and blood transfusion kits for our defenders.

We also purchased equipment for cities affected by Russian aggression — 19 Ukrainian municipalities received assistance.

UAH 3,150,770
Total amount
Motor pumps
Charging stations
Office equipment
Car repair
Blood transfusion kits

Financial Report

UAH 75,525,862
Prozorro.Sale project
UAH 9,395,171
War-related response fund
UAH 3,150,770
Other statutory activity
UAH 195,253
UAH 66,214,010

Board members

The Board of TI Ukraine is the executive body of our organization. Its members approve the focus areas, budget, work plan, etc. Being a member of the Board means being able to influence the strategic goals of TI Ukraine, a leader in the fight against corruption in Ukraine.
Chair of the Board
Civil society monitoring expert. Ms. Kifenko evaluates the work of civil society organizations in the Eastern Partnership countries. She used to head the international direction at Transparency International Ukraine.
Board member
Co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network. Ms. Huss was senior researcher in several international projects analysing anti-corruption in Ukraine and coined specialised educational programms. She co-authored a number of academic papers, articles, studies, and guides on anti-corruption and democratic governance.
Board member
Senior Advisor for Central and Eastern Europe and the Head of the Green Corruption programme at the Basel Institute on Governance. Mr. Grossmann specializes in government accountability and has twenty years of experience in developing global and national anti-corruption programs covering Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, East Africa, and the Andean region.
Board member
Member of the International Advisory Council at GLOBSEC. Former Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. Founder of the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, UCU School of Public Management, and former president of the Kyiv School of Economics. Member of the supervisory boards of Raiffeisen Bank and the City Institute.
Board member
Mr. Eleyko works on reforming the financial sector in USAID. Among other things, he supports small and medium-sized businesses through financial intermediaries and develops optimal approaches to privatization in conditions of war. Former Deputy Head of the State Property Fund.

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is the supervisory body of TI Ukraine, which advises and controls the Organization on financial activities and the intended use of assets, as well as annually provides members of the organization with an opinion on the financial activities for the past year. In addition, the Supervisory Board of TI Ukraine oversees the enforcement of decisions of the governing and executive bodies of the Organization.
Head of Secretariat at UNIC. Ms. Prudko is a specialist with over 18 years of professional experience in working with Ukrainian international and national non-profit and public organizations. She promotes business integrity practices and enhances the compliance potential of Ukrainian businesses.
Executive Director and co-founder of StudyDive. Mr. Buhai is an independent consultant on the development and implementation of strategies for the corporate sector, public authorities, and international organizations. He implemented more than 20 such projects, supervised the development and implementation of the eHealth system, and was co-coordinator of the Prozorro procurement system.
Administrative Director of the ACREC think tank. Mr. Biletskyi is an expert in introducing online educational programs in the field of anti-corruption and the role of civil society in implementing anti-corruption reforms. He has a number of scientific publications covering the topic of anti-corruption.

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