IFES and Ukraine’s National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption Sign Protocol of Cooperation
On Wednesday, June 2, 2016, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), represented by IFES Senior Global Electoral Adviser and IFES Ukraine Country Director Peter Erben, signed a protocol of cooperation with Ukraine’s National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC), represented by NAPC Chairperson Nataliia Korchak.
This protocol of cooperation – the first of its kind for the nascent Agency – formalizes and outlines ongoing and future IFES technical assistance and support to the NAPC in the sphere of political finance legislation implementation. Moreover, it provides a framework for strengthening the Agency’s ability to fulfill its legal mandate as it undertakes critical responsibilities with regard to political finance.
At the ceremony, Chairperson Nataliia Korchak thanked IFES for its ongoing expertise and technical assistance in the drafting of political party forms leading up to the protocol of cooperation ceremony. Ongoing and future support to political finance reform and its implementation in Ukraine, including to the NAPC, are enacted by IFES through the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Global Affairs Canada. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing a study visit for NAPC members to Tbilisi, Georgia where they will participate in trainings and see a comparative example of how the State Audit Office of Georgia and its Political Finance Monitoring Unit operate; developing and implementing political finance-focused training modules for stakeholders including, journalists, civil society organizations, and political parties; technological updates (and their enactment) that are necessary for the Agency to carry out its mandate; technical assistance to drafting key documents such as internal regulations and party finance report templates; and trainings for NAPC staff on Ukraine’s political finance legislation, as well as in detection and enforcement.
Legislative changes in Ukraine placed the main oversight mandate of political finance with the NAPC and the Central Election Commission (CEC). Their work will be essential in ensuring the successful implementation of the regulatory framework, enhanced transparency in the role of money in Ukrainian politics and increased public confidence in the political system.
IFES has worked in more than 45 countries to strengthen political finance regulation and oversight. In countries around the globe, IFES collaborates with all key domestic stakeholders – including parliaments, government institutions, civil society groups and media – to cultivate effective and appropriate transparency and accountability measures.
This event was made possible with funding from USAID and Global Affairs Canada.
Since 1994, IFES has played a significant role in promoting electoral, administrative and legal reform in Ukraine. Together with the CEC and non-governmental partners, IFES has contributed to dialogue on electoral reform, raised the capacities of local civic groups and institutionalized best practices in training election commission members. Analyses and commentary prepared by IFES and its civil society partners serve as a source of election-related information for national and international stakeholders.