In practice, unfortunately, after three months of
monitoring, Transparency International Ukraine was unable to find a
single web portal that met even a minimal level of transparency.
Why is this important? Because public
spending accounts for almost half of Ukraine’s gross domestic product
and the national tax burden is equivalent to almost forty percent of
total domestic income – which means Ukrainians contribute a larger
share of their national wealth to their government than
high-functioning welfare states like Canada, Australia, and Japan. So
how can the average citizen, or even a more knowledgeable journalist
or academic, track where the money is going?
To find out, we established a set of
criteria that emphasized both how much information is available on
each web portal as well as how easy it is to navigate. There were
twenty-eight criteria in total, subdivided into six basic