Civil Society Organizations and Corruption


Civil Society Organizations and Corruption

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and groups play important roles in all societies. While the demand for civil society organizations and other grassroots initiatives continue to grow tremendously, CSOs in developing countries often need guidance and assistance to successfully operate within the international arena. By enhancing their organizational development, Civil Society Groups can be a catalyst for reform; an advocate for improved public services; and a conduit for enhancing social inclusion and improving government accountability. It is UNISHKA’s objective to help strengthen and develop CSOs through focusing on four (4) specific areas of civil society groups: Communication, Administration, Partnerships, and Sustainability. UNISHKA focuses on aiding CSOs in advocating transparency and good governance and for those CSOs to further support transparency in a specific field (i.e. health, education, or environment). 


Terry Hoverter

SME – Elections

Terry Hoverter is UNISHKA’s subject matter expert on elections. Terry has almost 20 years’ experience in elections and public international law including tours in more than 25 countries and nearly all modern conflict zones. Terry’s expertise includes election monitoring, elections malpractice, constitution drafting, legislation drafting, and policy development. He currently directs rule of law programs and provides legal advice on constitutional processes for Creative Associates’ Electoral Education and Integrity practice area. He has also researched and written on comparative issues and best practices related to electoral reform and constitutional processes. His previous experience includes Senior Associate with Democracy International; Election Field Advisor for USAID; Chief of Party for PILPG; Legal Advisor for UNDP, and Senior Program Manager for NDI.

Terry holds a JD from American University, an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a BA from Fordham University. Terry is a member of the bar in New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Kristin Haffert

SME – Gender Equality

Kristin Haffert provides strategic advice to UNISHKA on the development and execution of initiatives that explore the nexus between gender and corruption, promote gender equality and advance women’s leadership. With experience in more than 75 countries, Kristin has designed, delivered and mobilized resources for initiatives that advance gender equality in every region of the world. As Co-Founder at Mine The Gap, she has consulted Fortune 500 companies, governments, UN agencies, global financial institutions and leading philanthropies and non-profits on diversity, equity and inclusion. Kristin’s thought leadership includes piloting new gender-inclusive approaches in complex scenarios ranging from peace negotiations to diversifying public corporate boards.

Prior to working in the private sector, she served in senior management and initiated the women and gender equality team at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) which she directed from 2002-2009. She has advised international leaders on promoting women in the economy and in political and civic life in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and North America. Her award-winning work includes spearheading global gender-related initiatives such as the Madeleine K. Albright Grant, Win with Women and iKNOW Politics.

Kristin holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Monalee Teves

SME – Civil Society and Organizational Development

Monalee Teves has more than 20 years of significant work experience in the multi-sector settings of private corporations, media, government, and non-governmental organizations in more than 20 countries. She has extensive experience in governance and anti-corruption initiatives. She has served as the Acting Director  for Transparency International-Philippines and as a National Program Advisor for the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin.  She has published more than 15 articles and is fluent in several Malayo-Polynesian languages. Monalee has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of the Philippines and her Masters Degree in Development Practice from the University of Arizona. Monalee is also a graduate of the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) in Vienna, Austria.

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