Good Governance Forum 2018

The implementation of good governance principles and norms (especially in the public domain) has been a focal point for Ukrainian society and its leadership for many years. Despite many successful endeavors in this area, good governance remains fragile, and this significantly contributes to lowering the level of trust in public institutions, thus posing serious obstacles to the further modernization of Ukrainian society.

In pursuit of the ideals of a good society on 12 September 2018 the Aspen Institute Kyiv jointly with the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, the OSCE Italian Chairmanship, the Aspen Institute Romania and the Aspen Initiative for Europe (AIfE) organized the Good Governance Forum. The event is designed to allow leaders from different countries to share experiences and ideas related to anti-corruption strategies, policy development, and implementation, as well as the search for solutions to common problems.

The forum was attended by civil servants, well-known experts, lawyers, politicians, NGO leaders who participate in the implementation of the principles of good governance and anti-corruption program in Ukraine and Europe.

Forum speakers:

  • Natalie Jaresko – Chairperson, Aspen Institute Kyiv, Executive director, Financial Oversight & Management Board (FOMB) for Puerto Rico;
  • Marta Dassù – Senior Director of Europe, The Aspen Institute, Daniel Kaufmann – President and CEO, the Natural Resource Governance Institute; Member, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative;
  • James Tomsheck – Former U.S. Secret Service Special Agent, ex-Chief the C.B.P.’s head of internal affairs;
  • Ambassador Vaidotas Verba – OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine;
  • Paola Severino – Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Corruption;
  • Alfredo Conte – Special Adviser for the Italian OSCE Chairperson-in-Office;
  • Peter M. Wagner – Head of “Support Group for Ukraine” at European Commission; Artem Sytnyk – Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and others.

As Natalie Jaresko summarized: “Given the world we face today, the uncertainties and the challenges, good governance is key to our success in building good societies”.

The Aspen Institute Kyiv with this Forum initiates a broader discussion on the topic. The Aspen Institute Kyiv is grateful to all partners, Forum speakers, and moderators, all the participants for their sincere and vivid contribution. We believe that only by uniting our efforts we will achieve tangible results.