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Can open data help prevent corruption?

The TAPAS project analyses the impact of open data in the Ukrainian road sector

In collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services (TAPAS) project, recently published an analytical report assessing how open data impacts the Ukrainian economy, in particular in the road sector.

Before 2013, it was impossible to track public spending on road reconstruction and maintenance in Ukraine. Changes in legislation between 2014 and 2016 have enabled public access to procurement data in the road sector greatly improving transparency and accountability. Nevertheless, corruption is still present in the sector and costs nearly 10 to 15 percent of sector earnings.

Today, journalists and NGOs can use open data services to monitor spending and investigate suspected corruption. This has made it possible to investigate and reveal illicit activity during competitive bidding, resulting in the cancellation of certain tenders, large fines for bidders, and significant budget savings for the Ukrainian government.

Discover more findings in the full report.

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