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ACREC held a colloquium on anti-corruption

On November 18-19th, the Anti-Corruption Research and Education Center (ACREC) of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy organized a colloquium for scientists and experts in the field of anti-corruption.

The purpose of the colloquium is to launch a fundamental research in the field of corruption cases. According to organizers, these type of events help to build expert environments and network of analysts.

“This colloquium is the continuation of our research program with the involvement of event participants represented by the graduates of summer intensive course “How to study corruption? Analytics that effects the anti-corruption policy”, told Oksana Nesterenko, the executive director of ACREC . After all, it is very important not only to teach a young scientist how to do a research, but to accompany him/her in the course of the work. There was a lot of heated discussions between the analysts and researchers that resulted in finding another viewpoints with regards to the subject of research”.

Among the other event participants were the lawyer and expert of the Center for Political and Legal Reforms Bohdan Bondarenko and political scientist, Cand. Sc. {Public Administration} Victor Taran, who shared their expert advices on the funding of political parties with the team of corruption researchers. Zoryana Chernenko, associate professor National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Doctor of Law, chief expert of medical group under the “Reanimation Package of Reforms” also attended the colloquium as a SME on healthcare corruption. In turn, Dmytro Kuzin, Legal Adviser of TI Ukraine shared his recommendations on the “Interdependence between the Corruption and Youth Success”.

The intermediate results over a range of research topics were also discussed in the course of the colloquium. Some of those results are as follows:

  • The role of corruption in the electoral success of new political parties under condition of young democracies: theoretical approach;
  • Assessment of financial support to political parties;
  • Interdependence of corruption and youth success;
  • Preconditions for effective investigation of corruption-related crimes in Ukraine and rule of law;
  • Use of lessons learned from the anti-corruption activities of Latvia and Estonia in the field of health care.

A series of workshops by the Fulbright Graduate Student Exchange Program in 2016-2017, Doctor of Political Science Jordan Gans-Morse and Sociologist, Professor of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Tetyana Kostyuchenko have become the signature moment of the event.

The analysts shall proceed with their research with account for the recommendations of the experts. Some of the best works will be published on the web-page of the Anti-Corruption Research and Education Center (ACREC) of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

The organization of colloquium was made possible thanks to the financial support of Oksana Hus, a Doctoral Student of the Institute for Development and Peace at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In September, she transferred 1500 EURO in support of ACREC activities. This money was her prize as the winner of the PhD Thesis Presentation Contest.

ACREC center expresses its gratitude to the administration of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy for their assistance and support in the  organization of colloquium.