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Since 1998 the Center for the Study of Democracy has pioneered the anti-corruption efforts of the Bulgarian civil society. CSD introduced an innovative public-private coalition format for co-operation among NGOs, governmental institutions and individuals for delivering anti-corruption awareness raising and policy advocacy. It consisted of three pillars:

CMS is based on regular victimization surveys among the population and the business community, which benchmarks corruption dynamics. The system has been included in the UN Anti-Corrution Toolkit as a best national practice and has served as an example in the development of similar efforts for monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, and more recently in the run-up to the first EU Anti-Corruption Report. In 2010 on request from the European Commission CSD produced the first ever Study on the Links between Corruption and Organized Crime, which would serve to underpin EU's fledgling policy efforts in this domain. CSD will continue to contribute to the debate on EU's anti-corruption policy and to specific policy and practical measures to improve good governance in Bulgaria. 



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Effective Prevention of Corruption through Risk Assessment
Experts from ministries of justice, anti-corruption bodies and non-governmental organisations from South East Europe, gathered in Ljubljana, Slovenia to discuss the implementation of corruption risk assessments and corruption proofing of legislation across the region. more »
Improving Democratic Governance to Unlock Growth in Southeast Europe: Dialogue on Current Policies and Future Perspectives
The Berlin Process initiative opened a new chapter for EU integration of the Western Balkans countries, as the Southeast Europe (SEE) region continues to experience serious governance and democratic deficits. The Balkans Barometer 2016 of the Regional Cooperation Council shows that corruption remains one of the key concerns for the people in the Western Balkans. more »
EU Funds and the Path to Good Governance in Bulgaria and Romania: Lessons Learnt
Ten years after accession to the EU, the challenge of corruption continues to define both Bulgaria`s and Romania`s status within the Union. The EU has imposed a series of conditions on the two countries in the area of anticorruption while allocating considerable financial support for modernization for nearly two decades. The question remains to what degree have EU funds specifically targeted greater anticorruption progress and what has been their tangible impact. more »

Recent publications

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Evaluating Governance and Corruption Risk in Bulgaria

Shadow Power: Assessment of Corruption and Hidden Economy in Southeast Europe

State Capture Unplugged: Countering Administrative and Political Corruption in Bulgaria

Improving Governance in Bulgaria: Evaluating the Impact of EU Conditionality through Policy and Financial Assistance

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Corruption Assessment Reports

Bulgarian Anticorruption Portal

UNCAC Coalition

Asia-Europe Foundation

SELDI Initiative