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Public Procurement and Conflict of Interest in Ukraine

Topic: Public Procurement University Involved: University of Erfurt - Willy Brandt School of Public Policy Year: 2014 Transparency International Chapter: TI-Ukraine

Background and Question:

The transition from Soviet-era politics and economics has left many Ukrainians with a poor understanding of (i) what exactly constitutes corruption; (ii) why such practices are damaging; and (iii) how the situation can be improved. To improve the efficiency of Transparency International’s anti-corruption initiatives in Ukraine, two key concepts – public procurement and conflict of interest – must be better understood by citizens and voters.

These two issues have been selected because they pose increasingly urgent problems in the context of Ukraine’s political and economic development. For instance, almost 75 percent of Ukraine’s budget spending is spent on public contracts (including public procurement). Yet, Ukraine’s municipal services remain in desperate need of investment – strongly indicating that a significant proportion of this money is being siphoned off along the way.

Change and reform are driven by public demand. The current proposal seeks to develop public understanding in order to stimulate and sustain public demand for a more functional, transparent, and democratic system of governance. Producing concrete recommendations and case studies will better equip TI-Ukraine and citizen activists to make practical demands for positive change (e.g., a specific legislative reform).


The proposal anticipates a combination of research methods. The majority of the work will be done through desk research, data-analysis and interviews.

The current proposal is focused on comparative research of public procurement procedures, looking at other transitional states (post-Soviet and other) as well as developed countries.


Data-analysis skills. At least one student with Russian language proficiency is desired but not mandatory

Anticipated outputs:

  1. Summary of the main legislative/political models used to regulate public procurement and conflict of interest.
  2. Damage caused by poor regulation of public procurement and conflict of interest.
  3. Single page presentation of key statistics.
  4. Infographics where relevant
  5. Best practices
  6. Specific recommendations for Ukraine.
  7. Summary of findings in layman’s terms for immediate use in TI-Ukraine’s advocacy work.

Author :

30 Dec 2013

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