The ongoing corrupt practices in the public and private sector in Kosovo and the impotence of a functioning legal system to combat this phenomenon are the main headlines of domestic and international reports and assessments for as long as possible. Corruption and organized crime practically continue to coexist at all levels of state organization and public perception while fighting rhetoric and deficient integrity of political entities.
Efforts to effectively prevent and combat corruption depend primarily on the political will to establish the legal basis and adequate mechanisms. Existing legal provisions are not enough: many laws are still missing, others have deficiencies, while institutions guaranteeing the rule of law, and in particular the judiciary, do not have enough resources and resources.
Based on the principles of democratic society and the rule of law, the Transparency and Anti-Corruption Program (HICP) aims to influence the promotion of a culture of anti-corruption and the creation of an environment dominated by institutions of high integrity and which will be able to take effective measures to eradicate corrupt practices, both in public and private organizations.
KDI as a formal member of the global anti-corruption movement, Transparency International, through the HUT program, is committed to a Kosovo where the government, businesses, civil society and the daily lives of citizens are free from corruption. This commitment over the past 11 years has been accomplished through quality monitoring, analysis and research, advocacy for change of laws and enforcement practices, direct support of victims of corruption, push for openness of power towards transparency and cooperation with prosecution institutions .
Agon is part of KDI since November 2021. He is a senior researcher in the Anti-Corruption Program at KDI. He has completed bachelor studies in Economics at the University of Business and Technology (UBT) and master studies in Procurement and Logistics at the same University.
Agon’s areas of expertise include Public Procurement and Anticorruption policies. He monitors, investigates and conducts research on public procurement with the aim to recommend policy changes pertaining at preventing misuse of public money.
When he is not spotlighting corruption, he spends countless of hours learning IT and economics. All this new knowledge Agon uses to advance current and build new approaches on tackling corruption deeper and exposing wrongdoings.
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She is a senior advocate and project manager for transparency and accountability in public procurement. Diana holds a degree in Economy, with a major in Management and Information Systems. She has over fifteen years of procurement experience, of which over six years with KBR Inc., and DynCorp LLC., providing services for the US Department of Defense, and the rest in various local and international organizations and institutions in Kosovo. In 2011, she presented at the Heavy Europe 2011 conference in Rotterdam, organized by Hanson Wade, where she lectured on global market procurement and the importance of contract terms and conditions. Diana has a proven experience with a high analytical approach that provides “from cradle to grave” knowledge and expertise (both government and private sector) in acquisition planning, procurement development, and contract management.
In 2015, Diana joined KDI’s Transparency and Anti-Corruption Team. Since then, she has published several analytical and monitoring reports, and various public procurement studies. She has also provided capacity building services in training NGO’s and other interested parties in monitoring the public procurement in Kosovo. Diana was also a volunteer in the coalition of Democracy in Action organizations in the 2017 central and local elections where she has served in various capacities. Her areas of interest are public policy analysis and advocacy with a focus on the management of public money expenditures through public procurement, increased transparency and accountability of central and local government levels, and citizen awareness in holding Institutions to account on how they spend the taxpayers money.
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