Government Accountability & Transparency
A well-functioning democracy requires strong safeguards against official corruption.
A well-functioning democracy requires strong safeguards against official corruption, which erodes public services as well as public faith in the democratic system. Corruption can also give unfair advantages to incumbent politicians and create pathways for malign interference by foreign powers. Accountability and transparency ensure that malfeasance is exposed—and that failed or harmful policies are swiftly corrected.
Freedom House research, including Freedom in the World, has documented the global decline in government accountability, transparency, and rule of law, as authoritarian leaders ignore the most basic elements of due process, misuse the justice system to persecute their critics, and perpetuate impunity for corruption and abuses of power. Freedom House supports local efforts to strengthen the rule of law, including to end torture, hold human rights abusers to account, and promote judicial reforms.
Featured Freedom House Programs:
Supporting Judicial Integrity in Moldova
In cooperation with local partners, Freedom House promotes the rule of law in Moldova by engaging civil society, media, and the public in the country’s justice sector reform efforts. Freedom House implements the multi-year Mobilizing Civil Society to Support Judicial Integrity in the Republic of Moldova project, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
Our Work in South Africa
Freedom House’s Promoting Civic Education and Participation in South Africa program seeks to strengthen the ability of civil society and community-based organizations to conduct civic education activities in their communities and to support their efforts to strengthen citizen participation in political processes. The program aims to facilitate engagement between citizens and their local and national representatives, increasing the use of tools that improve citizens’ ability to hold government officials accountable.
Our Work in Uganda
Freedom House works with Ugandans to promote rule of law and protect human rights by supporting national-level structures and civil society organizations that uphold respect for human rights, child justice, and rule of law. The program combines technical assistance and financial support to Ugandan partners to improve judicial independence and strengthen promotion of human rights protection by civil society organizations.
Hostile Takeover: How Law and Justice Captured Poland’s Courts
Reform in Ethiopia: Turning Promise into Progress
Uzbekistan: Freedom House Welcomes Release of Political Prisoners
August 31, 2020
Belarus: Freedom House Condemns Persecution of Coordination Council
August 20, 2020
United States: President Must Cease Calls for Election Delay and Groundless Attacks on Mail-in Voting
July 30, 2020
United States: Freedom House Expresses Alarm at Federal Deployments against Protesters
July 21, 2020
Russia: Constitutional Vote Shamelessly Co-opts the People's Will
July 3, 2020
Democratic Republic of Congo: Judicial Independence Under Threat
July 2, 2020