Photo Credit: Vinnytsia City Council Corruption in the public sector is a common problem, and exists all over the world. Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil, and many other countries suffering from endemic corruption are often saddled with complex bureaucracies, which allow corrupt officials to extract vast sums of wealth from citizens in exchange for processing services… Read More

This blog was originally published on the Center for International Private Enterprise’s (CIPE) Development Blog. On May 1, 2016, the law, On Introduction of Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Regarding Protection of Investors’ Rights (No. 289-VIII), came into effect. It introduced a number of new aspects to Ukrainian corporate law including the right… Read More

When one thinks about Ukraine in the context of corruption, the picture typically does not look rosy. The headlines about corrupt oligarchy and continued graft easily come to mind – including recent revelations about the riches disclosed by top officials in their asset declarations. This wealth stands in stark contrast with the financial condition of… Read More

By Eric Hontz The stakes for reforming Ukraine’s state-owned companies are high: these companies are the lifeblood of a corrupt, sclerotic crony capitalist system that scares away potential investors, drives off international donors, and robs the Ukrainian government of legitimacy. But  privatizing them as quickly as possible is not the solution. Even after mass privatization in Ukraine in the… Read More

When it comes to opportunity for anti-corruption reform on a massive scale, few countries have ever been as ripe for change as Ukraine today. Western countries and the International Monetary Fund are pushing hard for transparency and clean government. They enjoy unprecedented leverage over Ukraine’s political and economic elites, who need billions in loans to stave… Read More

(Photo: Kyiv Post) When protesters first took to the streets in Ukraine’s largest cities in 2013, economic concerns were at the top of the agenda. As the geopolitical situation in eastern Ukraine has heated up, economic prospects in the contested regions of the country have only gotten worse. Yet average Ukrainians are still working for a… Read More

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