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). For this purpose, the project was designed to address the following:

  • Develop the institutional capacity of the Governance Center
  • Conduct policy analysis to strengthen the institutional framework for transparency and anti-corruption (setting up the ombudsman system, transparency of the national budget, capacity building for local councils, code of conduct for the Egyptian civil service)
  • Conduct of evidence-based anti-corruption assessments
  • Provide technical assistance for the development of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy
  • Strengthen Knowledge Management in the area of prevention and combat of corruption
  • Enhance awareness and advocacy for anti-corruption

Based on the recommendation of the independent evaluation conducted for Phase 1 and the transition period following the 25 January Revolution,  Phase II of the project was designed to:

  • Support the development of an effective preventive legal framework by drawing upon relevant international experiences contrasted to the Egyptian context through the organization of national conferences.
  • Support to studies that increase the understanding of the factors relevant for influencing effective policy implementation that contribute to change towards lower prevalence of corruption.
  • Strengthening of external communication capacities of the TIC 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?

  • Building the capacities of anti-corruption practitioners in anti-corruption agencies (Administrative Prosecution Agency- Administrative Control Agency) on complaint management systems.
  • Enhancing the capacities of civil servants working in ministries that deal directly with citizens (Education- Health- Housing- Water- Electricity- Environment- Local Development) on enhancing the efficiency and integrity of availing public services.
  • Designing a tool kit for preventing and monitoring corruption in cooperation with AUC and Washington Institute for Law.
  • Provided policy advice on anti-corruption agencies and its role to the NCCCC and to constitution committees and to the Arab Network for Integrity and Combating Corruption (ACINET)
  • Building capacity of MSAD’s Governance Center (GC) through enhanced exposure, study tours, and knowledge sharing exercises. Practice guides and tool kits were generated through participation in consultations with stakeholders.
  • Developed anti-corruption campaigns and events in order to encourage collaboration and discussion with stakeholders and particularly the youth. Roundtables and campaigns done with youth enhance awareness and advocacy for anti-corruption at an earlier stage.
  • Participated in International For a for the purpose of knowledge sharing of international codes and standards through comparative experiences
  • Organized on 18 November 2013, the conference titled, “The Role of Codes of Conduct in Achieving Integrity in the Public Service” was held for senior officials and journalists at the Ministry for State for Administrative Development (MSAD) to emphasize the importance of establishing a code of conduct for the public sector in order to combat petty corruption. The purpose of a Code of Conduct is to establish norms of conduct for civil service and inform the citizens about the conduct the civil servants shall have for the purpose of improving the quality of the public service. Here is the link to the report on the ethics and the code of conduct.
  • Organized on 15 and 16 April 2014, the conference titled, “Promoting Integrity in Public Procurement” was held in Cairo to develop and promote recommendations for improving the integrity of public procurement. Providing an adequate degree of transparency throughout the entire public procurement cycle is critical to minimising the risk of fraud, corruption and mismanagement of public funds, and to levelling the playing field for businesses thereby promoting competition. Here is the link to the results and recommendations for promoting integrity in public procurement.

Who finaces this project?



Ministry of State for Adiministrative Development and UNDP

Delivery in previous fiscal year

USD  76,205

Project Overview
Status:
Ongoing
Project start date:
2009
Estimated End Date:
2014
Geographic Coverage:
Egypt
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
Project Officer:
Naglaa Arafa
Partners:
Ministry of State for Administrative Development