Strengthening Transparency and Integrity in the Civil Service

What is the project about?

During Phase I, the project aimed to strengthen transparency and integrity in the civil service by fostering the capacity of the Governance Center (GC) as the technical arm of the Transparency and Integrity Committee (TIC).

Phase II of the project which started in 2012 was designed to:

a. Support the development of an effective preventive legal framework by drawing upon relevant international experiences

b. Support studies that increase the understanding of the factors influencing effective policy implementation and contribute to lower prevalence of corruption.

c. Strengthening TIC external communication capacities to communicate the specific results to target audiences and to meet the increased popular demand for learning about how and what can be done about corruption.

What have we accomplished so far?

  1. Being positioned as a center of excellence on civil service reform, transparency and integrity, the Governance Center has actively contributed to the drafting of the National Anti-corruption strategy; generated knowledge products such as the Study on the Cost of Corruption and the booklet on the distinction between bribes and gifts in the civil service. The Strategy was launched on 9 December 2014 on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, in an event organized by the National Coordinating Committee for Combatting Corruption (NCCCC) and the Administrative Control Authority.
  2. The project built the capacities of anti-corruption practitioners in anti-corruption agencies on complaint management systems.
  3. Practice guides and tool kits were developed through consultations with stakeholders, through enhanced exposure, study tours, and knowledge sharing exercises. A toolkit for preventing and monitoring corruption was developed in cooperation with the American University in Cairo and Washington Institute of Law.
  4. Anti-corruption campaigns and events were organized in order to enhance engagement with stakeholders and particularly youth.
  5. The capacities of civil servants working in ministries that deal directly with citizens (Education- Health- Housing- Water- Electricity- Environment- Local Development) were built to enhance efficiency and integrity in availing public services.
  6. The Governance Center avails the platform for dialogue among CSOs, Government, Private Sector, and university students on issues related to transparency and anti-corruption. It availed the platform for national debate on laws related to administrative reform such as the draft civil service law and public procurement law (300 members of the private sector, Government, media, CSOs, and oversight bodies participated in discussions on the reform of the Public Procurement Law).
  7. A code of conduct was developed for civil servants. A Prime Ministerial Decree has been issued to rollout the code of conduct and to have civil servants sign it. 1,500 civil servants participated in workshops to raise their awareness in this respect. The code of conduct was also disseminated on the occasion of the launching of the National Strategy for Anti-corruption. Efforts continue in 2015 to raise awareness on the Code of Conduct.
  8. Roundtables were held in early 2015 on the study on the cost of corruption in preparation for its finalization.

Who finaces this project?

Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Delivery in previous fiscal year

$143,712.49 (2014)

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