Michael Lippe, a valued Project Adviser to the Partnership for Transparency Fund, died on Monday, April 28th, 2014 of pancreatic cancer. His capacity to push-on, working to aid the poorest and most vulnerable, while courageously fighting the disease over the past six years left his colleagues in awe.
Up until his passing, Michael served as the Adviser for a PTF-supported project to develop a regional network for trial monitoring in corruption cases in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was as enthusiastic about the prospects of this work as our partners in the Balkans were to work alongside him. Most recently, Michael advised on projects to enhance the capacity of local civil society organizations to monitor local governments in Estonia, establish “Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres” in Serbia, and fight academic corruption at university and high school levels in Moldova.
Michael was an amazing, courageous, gracious man with a remarkable sense of humor. He was invariably upbeat and very generous with the time and advice he dedicated to PTF. We will miss him and his gentle spirit enormously.