Corruption in army kills! Report cases of abusing power!
Countering corruption and Building Integrity (BI) are two sides of the same coin. While “Counter-corruption” or “Anti-corruption” concepts tend to be perceived in a negative light, “Building integrity” suggests a more positive dimension of what is, essentially, the same process. Integrity, according to CIDS, is the quality of being guided by strong principles, or being fully operational, intact and internally consistent in the application of agreed-upon principles and standards. Building integrity measures are, therefore, designed to enhance this quality. Counter-corruption measures include both positive and negative enforcement procedures, in other words, preventive and corrective dimensions. These are also found in BI programmes.
Corruption is detrimental to the development, good governance, and social well-being of a country. Corruption in the security sector is especially grave since this sector, generally, represents a major part of a state’s budget. This means that other essential sectors, such as education and health, are left with fewer, if any, much needed resources. The effects of security sector corruption can result in insecurity, regional instability, and fuel conflicts.
Generally, anti-corruption measures are part of a broader, Good Governance policy and involve a wide range of actors. Given that building integrity measures focus greatly on the behavioural factor, actors involved in the process range from soldier/citizen all the way to governmental, regional, and international organisations.
Individuals, such as citizens, soldiers, whistle-blowers, leaders, inspectors, ombudsman, etc., are all responsible for following codes of conduct and acting in a way that is compatible with integrity standards.
Institutions, such as Parliaments, Government agencies and Ministries, Ombuds, Audit and Oversight institutions, etc., are responsible for elaborating, implementing and overseeing the fulfilment of policies, plans, programmes, laws and regulations.
National bodies, such as Government, Military, Private entities involved in procurement and other procedures, the Media, Academia and Civil Society Organisations are also responsible for the implementation of integrity values, oversight and scrutiny of processes, and results. Finally, international entities, such as intergovernmental and international organisations, can provide guidance and best practices.
Gifts are normal business practice. We often give and accept gifts from colleagues and partners.
But gifts can hide bribe. This is how the rules of social exchange works: give us something good, we feel obliged to give something in return. And this is a direct path to corruption.
To prevent this, we can not give nor take gifts:
- in exchange for information
- in exchange for a positive decision on our own and others favour
- in exchange for personal benefits
- in exchange for the expected effect on us
- to speed up the process
- in the form of cash
- if they are not brought under the protocol or other formal events.
Even if in reality everything is under the law, you will feel difficuly to prove that the gift does not influence your decisions. We do not give or accept gifts that might get mixed. Reputation is more expensive.
Why is it important to preserve the reputation of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine flawless and how to do so?
The reputation of the organization is the primary resource for employees. Impeccable reputation allows organizations, especially the Ministry of Defence, remain a source of confidence, security and integrity for every citizen of Ukraine. On the Ministry of Defence of Ukriane's flawless reputation depends steady position of each of us, including decent wages, career and social security. If public confidence is strong there is a stable job, donor agencies and foreign donors support as well as Ukraine's worthy image abroad.
The problem with the tainted reputation that it is difficult to recover. Once stolen, cheated, broken the law, it is impossible to return trust. Even before and after you have done right. Poor remembered longer.
Each employee actions affect the reputation of the Ministry and the defence sector in general. No matter what position you hold or in which region you work. It is a mistake to think that if I work in the province, I can behave as I want. You can not. You represent the honor of the army, the MoD staff, and therefore you should match the values of the organization.
To save the Ministry's reputation:
Be honest. This will keep our common honor, which increases the confidence of citizens, the international defence community, donors and partners of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.
Solve problems within the law. The fact that "others do not do" or "it is not accepted" does not relieve us of obligations to adhere to the current legislation of Ukraine.
Protect the interests of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, state secrets, intellectual property. Avoid conflicts of interest and other questionable situations that may cause damage to the Ministry. Notify about corruption or fraud.
Meet the responsibilities that the Ministry imposes on its employees.
Do not disclose the secrets of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. No one can access them. Even relatives and other staff.
Provide the supervisory and regulatory bodies, legislative and executive authorities, international partners, citizens of Ukraine with the required information truthfully, timely and completely.
Be active. Do not deprive yourself of the opportunity to live with dignity!
You have several options:
You can go to our website and report on corruption in "Tell Your Story" form.
You can call the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine by phone +38 044 454 44 21 and speak to a trained operator.
You can contact us on our platform via the feedback form.
In any case, we suggest you to remain anonymous speaker or to call your name. The choice is always yours. Just zalelefonuy. Just stop corruption.
Conflict of interests is a situation where the employee's personal interests conflict with those of the organization. But the controversy is not always obvious. We may feel that we are doing right, but in fact our actions can lead to serious corruption offenses and further harm. For example, the employment relationship with loved ones make us more vulnerable. We trust loved ones and feel emotional attachment to them. As a result, we do not carefully check the documents creating preferences through commitment, which is not acceptable.
To avoid conflict of interest (COI):
- Do not work with friends. Tell the management and employees of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (filling out the declaration of conflict of interest), if there is interaction with relatives or friends working on issues (for example, one of them is a manager or owner of the company: The Ministry of Defence contractor, competitor or participant of purchases). Do not take any part in the implementation of procurement to avoid disclosures.
- Do not engage into cases that hinder your honest work in the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
- Do not work for competitors, business partners or enemies.
- Notify leadership and the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, or if there may be a conflict of interest (fill in the declaration). Together you will find the best ways to address the issue.
Conflict of interest is dangerous because it potentially inherents benefits. Benefits are the basis of corruption.
Explanations for completing electronic declarations. Please note that the National Agency on Corruption Prevention approved the Clarification regarding the application of certain provisions of the Law of Ukraine "On Prevention of Corruption" on measures of financial control as of 11.08.2016 No.3.
Scientific Center of Prevention of Corruption in the Sector of Defense and Security of the National University of Defense of Ukraine jointly with the UN Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) and the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption has developed an Electronic Declaration Guide for officials of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and representatives of the wider audience of defense and security sector.