How can reform champions push back against the deep state, and what is the role of civil society here?
GA: We have to find digital solutions to resist deep state obstruction. By launching IMPACT, we were able to enforce the application of five principles: fairness, transparency, accountability, security, and privacy. With the application of these principles, you can really start to integrate civil society in audit and governance work. At the same time, we must work on public sector recruitment and promotion. Until now, the system has been based on discretion and personal relations. That’s why we’ve been working over the past year on a digital system that evaluates and produces scientific reports on the performance of each administration and each public servant. This will form the basis for giving good employees what they deserve and removing the “rotten apples.”
CA: To drive reform forward, there are internal battles that must take place within the public administration. It’s up to civil society to support those individuals within the administration who know the system well and who have a vision. In my opinion, universities have been rather absent from public life, and haven’t yet acted enough to help shift the balance and give reformists within the public administration the upper hand. Nowadays, this work is even more important, as competent people are leaving the country to pursue opportunities abroad, while the thugs and fraudsters are staying because they are able to embezzle.