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Ukraine's 100 Transparent Cities Program (BBL)

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Ave NW Washington United States (map)

Learn about an innovative effort to promote local transparency and accountability from Ukraine's Transparency International (TI) chapter.

In this brown bag lunch discussion (BBL), bring your lunch and learn from Kateryna Tsybenko, an American Councils Fellow currently hosted at Partnership for Transparency on a brief fellowship in DC, who will present TI Ukraine's Transparent Cities program that she leads.

This program aims to raise transparency and accountability of the 100 largest Ukrainian cities. So far, 33 cities have already improved their transparency level through this program.

The Transparency Ranking of 100 Biggest Ukrainian Cities is a study assessing the number of information proactively given to citizens, the quality of preventive anti-corruption measures and an open attitude to the citizens’ inquiries.

They also encourage city councils to build constructive dialogue with their communities, measure transparency of the investment sector and advocate changes to city councils, organizing workshops for business, and together with ProZorro.Sale, they are forming the Municipal Property Register.

About the Presenter:

Kateryna Tsybenko lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. She has MA in Economics and in Nonprofit Management, and experience in journalism and banking. She Joined Transparency International Ukraine in 2015 as a communication manager and since 2017 she leads Transparent Cities program. She thinks her biggest achievement in this role was to build this program from scratch and make it recognizable and reputable among beneficiaries and donors.

Discussion questions include:

- How do you effectively measure transparency?

- How do you advocate for raising transparency in Ukraine and elsewhere?

- Does raising transparency improve the situation of corruption in Ukraine?

- How might city mayors use transparency in their political games?