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This webinar originally aired on June 15th, 2017

In 2015, the Institute for Market Economics (IME) in Bulgaria put government municipalities on notice. No longer would the people of Bulgaria accept administrative failures — failures that cost the taxpayer over $3.5 billion between 2011 and 2014. Administrative failure in municipal governments makes up over 65 percent of expenses, leaving just 45 percent for actual service provision. The Institute for Market Economics began a three-year campaign to hold these municipalities accountable, shining the light on failure, addresses unnecessary spending and demanding a change to bad practices. In 2016, overall government spending in Bulgaria fell by 6 percent during 2015, thanks in large part to IME’s efforts to address municipality wastefulness. 

On Thursday, June 15, learn how think tanks can take aim at local governments, holding them accountable through targeted, strategic campaigns. Svetla Kostadinova, CEO of the Institute for Market Economics, will share IME’s strategy, implementation plan, and lessons learned in its successful campaign to lower government spending. 

In 2015, Atlas Network challenged 15 think tanks to take on a brave task: develop policy reforms that will increase your countries' ranking in a key index in three years. We call this the LIFE Project. Now in year three of this project, think tanks are showing the impact of their efforts, and we'd like to share some of their success stories with you, in order to inspire your think tank to do great things, and to learn from successful policy reforms. This is the fourth in a series of webinars designed to share successful stories of reform with Atlas Network partners. 

Past webinars in this series: 
•    Cultivating Winning Coalitions, Fernando Caceres- Contribuyentes Por Respeto, Peru
•    Advancing Taxpayer Rights through Research and Advocacy- Alex Wild, Taxpayers’ Alliance, UK 
•    Achieving Strategic Policy Impact- Centre for Civil Society, India 

Svetla Kostadinova is the executive director of Bulgaria’s Institute for Market Economics (IME), the first and oldest independent economic policy think tank in Bulgaria. Ms. Kostadinova joined the IME in 2001. In 2007, she was elected by the IME board as its second executive director. Her areas of expertise include labor market, tax policy, regulation impact assessment, and government efficiency. Ms. Kostadinova is a member of the Bulgarian Macroeconomic Association. In 2012, Ms. Kostadinova was ranked the 29th most influential woman in Bulgaria by Capital, a weekly magazine. In 2015 she was recognized as the 19th most influential woman in Bulgaria by Forbes Bulgaria. 

Ms. Kostadinova holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of the National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.