Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions (SACCI) Program
2018 - 2020
MSI, a Tetra Tech company (USAID)
Ukraine remains the most corrupt country in Europe and one of the least transparent countries in the world. Many Ukrainians perceive corruption as immutable and, in some cases, preferable to an overbearing bureaucracy, with citizens ill-equipped to provide oversight and unaware of the corrosive effect that corruption has on their daily lives. This has made it difficult to instill in Ukrainian youth an attitude towards corruption that differs from that of their parents.
The purpose of SACCI is to reduce corruption and increase the accountability and transparency of governance in Ukraine. Under the program component focusing on the reduction of public tolerance for corrupt practices, Making Cents International leads activities that support innovative and creative approaches to youth engagement. In the spring of 2018, we conducted an assessment of the youth engagement and anti-corruption movement in five regions in Ukraine – Drogobych, Lviv, Sumy, Okhtyrka, and Trostyanets – to gather information on youth priorities and interests, examining the results by specific youth profiles.
Based on the assessment findings, Making Cents engaged in strategic action planning for increasing youth awareness of anti-corruption issues and engagement in project activities through public events, conferences, and trainings. Making Cents has also conducted positive youth development training for program staff and teachers from across Ukraine, while updating locally developed curriculum with more active learning exercises. At this time, Making Cents is developing an event planning toolkit to support youth-led organizations in their advocacy efforts, as well as creating curriculum for schools and other educationally focused organizations on pro-social norms for youth that combat corruption. Through the dissemination of these tools, Making Cents will grow a network that can act as the core source of influence for youth priorities in Ukraine.