Corruption is widespread in Kosovo, which ranks last among the Western Balkans in the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index. Corruption permeates the system, from local governments and administrations to the judicial and health sectors. It weakens democratic institutions and hinders economic development, to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of citizens. This young state is in the process of implementing modern standards in its public administration and therefore has limited resources available to fight corruption. And its efforts do not enjoy the support of political authorities, who are resistant to change.
The SDC and the Danish government are co-financing a project run by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aimed at reducing administrative corruption and the abuse of power in public institutions and the judicial sector. It seeks to make citizens aware of the important role that they can play. It is hoped that these efforts to promote transparent and accountable institutions will encourage the development of political will.