5 leading mayors explain how they are tackling corruption

In Europe and Central Asia, 1 in 3 citizens rate corruption as one of their country’s main problems. We spoke to 5 mayors who are hard at work to change that.

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Left: Vadym Gaev participates in public cleaning on Environment Day in the Novopskov ATC, Ukraine.
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Left: Ace Kocevski, planting trees in Veles. Right: Valentina Casian speaks about the importance of transparency.

Can you tell us broadly about the work you do at the municipality? How long have you been serving as the mayor?

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Left: Diana Gasparyan, on the day of the citizen of the Republic of Armenia. Right: Vadym Gaev, opening of the first mural “inspiration” in Novopskov, Ukraine.

All of you have done pioneering work to tackle corruption in your cities. Can you tell us what kind of measures you have taken which have worked?

Islands of Integrity is an innovative anti-corruption methodology, implemented in the last 10 years in more than 30 cities across Eastern and Central Europe and Turkey.
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Nino Tvatzvadze visits children on the autistic spectrum at the day center Open House.
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Left: Tournament of renowned handball players organised by the Municipality of Veles.

As a result of your efforts towards tackling corruption, have you seen an impact on how citizens engage with your services?

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Left: Painting together with children who have Down syndrome in Kutaisi. Right: Nino Tvatzvadze visiting the day center — bridge for inclusive education.
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Left: Meeting with children in Veles on Municipality Day. Right: Independence Day of Armenia.

What are some changes you’re proud of in your city?

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Left: Mayor with members of women’s organisation from Veles during humanitarian sale of souvenirs. Right: Visiting the Novopskov school in Ukraine.
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Left: Exhibition of students of Fine Art School of Echmiadzin, Armenia. Right: 50% of Straseni councillors are women.

Tackling corruption remains a long journey, but it doesn’t have to be so — with technology and innovative approaches, the path to corruption-free municipalities is closer than ever.

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