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Innovations for Addressing Corruption in Bulgaria and Jordan

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Viktoria Dimitrova and Eyad Mahadeen have both joined the Partnership for Transparency this fall as fellows. They are both working on designing projects addressing corruption which they will implement upon their return to Bulgaria and Jordan respectively.

Eyad will present on the idea of using an awareness campaign to fight Corruption in Jordan. This project aims to fight corruption by empowering and strengthening Jordanian society including potential whistleblowers, which works to raise quality and quantity of received corruption complaints and minimizes lack of awareness among Jordanian society about the difference between acts that constitute corruption and the other acts.

Viktoria will present on the challenges the Bulgarian higher educational system faces today including fraud and corruption in universities. The first schools in Bulgaria were opened in the 9th century by the Tsar Simeon The Great. Two notable Universities were also established in that period at Ohrid and Preslav. Modern schools began opening in the early 19th century, first for boys and then for girls. During the communist era, the Soviet Union had a great impact on Bulgarian educational system. A new form of education was brought in. Emphasis on liberal arts was replaced by increased technical training. Some world-known scientists, inventors and discoverers were more or less products of Bulgarian education at the time, such as Georgi Lozanov - the creator of suggestopedia, Ivan Stanski, the founder of the Bulgarian school of physical chemistry and the father of crystal growth research, and many more.In 2007 Bulgaria became a member of the European Union and the Bulgarian educational system was somehow reconstructed. However, with the new era, new challenges came. Enrollment in tertiary education is falling, more and more young people study abroad. Is this the new fancy trend or are these the symptoms of an illness?

Eyad Mahadin from Jordan, he worked as a livelihood field officer at World Vision in Jordan, where he conducted trainings and workshops that aim at preparing youth for the job market. Previously, he worked as a coordinator with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Rasheed (Transparency International - Jordan). At NDI, he supported two large scale youth engagement and political empowerment programs for university students in Jordan. At Rasheed, he supported a regional project that seeks to strengthen public financial integrity, through reviewing legislation, building the capacity of monitoring organizations, and spreading awareness among citizens. Eyad is an alumnus of the NDI Ana Usharek (I Participate) and Usharek+ (I participate+) programs for youth empowerment in Jordan. He holds a Bachelor in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Hashemite University in Jordan.

Viktoria Dimitrova: As a volunteer board member for Yes, Bulgaria!, Viktoria Dimitrova has experience in conducting research on local issues and presenting findings and recommendations in a simple, straightforward way via different communication channels. During her fellowship, Viktoria hopes to learn about ways to fight corruption, raising more awareness among the public, carrying out non-profit campaigns, and how to communicate more effectively with citizens. Upon returning to Bulgaria, Viktoria plans to increase public understanding of the issue of corruption, promote transparency in local authorities’ decision-making processes, and educate people on how to find trustworthy information and influence authorities to be more open and honest.