Using Fun and Games to Fight Corruption
Corruption in Ukraine is one of the country’s most widespread challenges and affects almost every facet of society, from health care to transportation to education. In 2017, USAID selected MSI to implement its Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions (SACCI) project to support the government in targeted interventions across local and national levels.
SACCI recently participated in USAID’s Mistechko public outreach event, a series of lively activities attended by over 600 local citizens in the city of Kryvyi Rih. SACCI, along with its partner, the EIDOS Center for Political Studies and Analysis, designed three activities to engage attendees of different age groups:
- “Anti-Corruption Mini-Debates” were enjoyed by adults who competed for prizes. Participants received complex questions on anti-corruption and responded with three answers, while EIDO analysts commented with information to increase their understanding of the topic. Questions focused on current medical reform and the High Court’s ability to tackle high-level corruption, among other topics.
- A “Charge against Corruption” magnet puzzle was designed to teach children about corruption
- An interactive survey was distributed on “Which spheres have you faced the most corruption in?”
These activities contribute to the project’s overall goal of raising citizen awareness of corruption and working with champion institutions across the government to address it effectively. MSI intends to continue highlighting anti-corruption issues via citizen engagement by participating in forthcoming events in Mykolaiv and Kramatorsk in September 2018.