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2019 City Transparency Ranking: Two Winners at Once

February 13, 2020.

    On 12 February, Transparency International (TI) Ukraine released the 2019 Transparency Ranking of 100 Largest Ukrainian Cities. For the first time, two cities have topped the ranking: Drohobych (1st place in 2018), and Pokrov (formerly Ordzhonikidze, 4th place in 2018) with 79.1 points each.
    The top-5 also includes Ternopil (76 points, 10th place in 2018), Mariupol (74.6 points, 2nd place in 2018), and Vinnytsya (74.2, 3rd place in 2018). Another member of the top-5 in 2018, Dnipro, has left it in the current rating.
    The best progress was demonstrated by Pokrovsk (formerly Krasnoarmiysk) and Kolomyia, which rose in the ranking by 67 positions (from 89th place in 2018 to 22nd place and from 96th in 2018 to 29th place, respectively). They have proved that a proper effort and political will can make it possible to rise in the rating. The other cities with significant improvements in the 2019 Ranking are Dubno (from 46th to 11th place), Mukacheve (from 44th to 13th place), Kamyanske (from 28th to 8th place), and Poltava (from 81st to 40th place).
    Amongst the 100 cities ranked, the least successful are Konotop, Svitlovodsk, and Novomoskovsk.
    In 2019, 36 cities crossed the 50-point mark (in 2017 and 2018 this indicator was, respectively, 6 and 27 cities). The average city transparency level in 2019 is 45.7 points (up from 29.9 in 2017).
    “Despite the positive dynamics, the city transparency yield is declining: in 2018, it was +12%, but only +6% in 2019,” says Andrii Borovyk, Executive Director of TI Ukraine. “This can be explained by the fact that the city councils strive more to comply with the indicators that seem easier for them. Yet for the difficult ones it takes a lot longer. However, considering the upcoming local elections this year, we expect a significant increase in 2020 within the new phase of the project implemented with support from the EU Delegation to Ukraine.”
    In 2019, the most transparent were the areas of Human Relations (68%) and Access and Participation (66%). The least transparent appeared the social sphere (25% of recommendations implemented) and the housing sector (23% of recommendations implemented). It is worth mentioning that such “unpopularity” of improvements in the housing sector has been observed for three years in a row: in 2019, at once, 18 cities did not make any changes in this direction.
    The event took place within the framework of UNDP project “Civil Society for Enhanced Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine” with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the EU-funded project “Transparent Cities e-platform for cooperation of citizens and local governments for accountability and good governance”.
    Contact person: Mariia Sokolchuk, Communications Manager, Transparency International Ukraine, sokolchuk@ti-ukraine.org, (068) 328 88 86
    Background information:
    Transparency International Ukraine is an accredited chapter of the global movement Transparency International with a comprehensive approach to development and implementation of change for reduction of the corruption levels.
    Transparent Cities is a programme launched in 2017 by Transparency International Ukraine that aims to motivate Ukrainian cities to become more transparent, accountable and interested in progress. EU-funded project “Transparent Cities e-platform for cooperation of citizens and local governments for accountability and good governance” is a TI Ukraine’s initiative to enhance its City Transparency Ranking by launching an online-platform as a key project tool aimed at improving cooperation between the CSOs and local self-government bodies.
    The Top 100 Cities Transparency Ranking is prepared annually via expert analysis of the openness of city councils by indicators in 14 areas. Based on the ranking, experts provide recommendations for improvements and advise city councils on how to implement them. In three years, the average transparency of cities has increased by 53%.
    UNDP supports TI Ukraine in implementation of the project “Civil Society for Enhanced Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine” which aims to improve transparency and accountability at the local level through conducting the third annual assessment of transparency in 100 cities. The other project activities include advocacy presentations for city councils and local NGOs and engagement of city councils that did not take part in the TC rating before.

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