Anti-corruption is not a final destination, but a consistent process of democratic renewal, checks and balances. Democratic backsliding in parts of Europe, fatigue over anti-corruption reforms, and the rising challenge from authoritarian powers, call upon public institutions, CSOs, investigative journalists and the whole society in Europe to take a stance and promote integrity. The use of big data, state-of-art research methodologies, and comprehensive systems of red flags, coupled with well-functioning civil society consultation mechanisms could greatly support good governance in the region.
In order to increase the knowledge and capacity of practitioners, the Regional Good Governance Public-Private Partnership Platform (R2G4P) organized a one-day summer school on 8 June 2022 in Zagreb. The first panel provided an introduction and conceptual background of procurement integrity and explained how integrated procurement and company data could be used in order to identify red flags and detect potential corruption risks. The Government Transparency Institute, Hungary presented the free of charge platform Opentender.eu, which allows the search and analysis of tender data from multiple jurisdictions. The second panel showcased how combining expert’s assessments with big data could enable the evaluation of state capture at national and sectoral level. The summer school concluded with practical exercises in smaller groups, where the participants had the opportunity to discuss and create their own corruption risk assessment methodologies and indicators.
A day earlier at the R2G4P policy forum, GTI presented the key highlights of this year’s Southeast European Good Governance Report, launched under the project Implementing Common Anti-Corruption Solutions and Examples of Good Governance in Southeast Europe: Innovative Practices and Public-Private Partnerships. The report is available here.