BY PARTAKING IN LOCAL AND REGIONAL NETWORKS, ACER IS WORKING TOGETHER WITH OTHER PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS, AND COLLABORATING AROUND A COMMON PURPOSE.
ACER is one of the founders of the Southeast Europe Leadership for Development and Integrity (SELDI), which was created in November 2012.
SELDI is an anti-corruption and good governance coalition created by like-minded CSOs in Southeast Europe, involving partners from nine countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo*, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey). As of 2020, it encompasses 39 members (CSOs and anti-corruption agencies) from 14 countries (including Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Romania). The Network is operating on the basis of joint strategy and agreed action agenda. Its objective is to contribute to a dynamic civil society in the region, capable of participating in public debate and influencing policy and decision-making process in the area of anti-corruption and good governance.
The regional initiative is a continuation of the Southeast European Legal Development Initiative (SELDI), created in 1999 by leading not-for-profit organizations, representatives of government institutions and experts from the countries of Southeast Europe aimed at public-private coalition building for legal development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey.
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ACER has been a key partner and thus working with Cipe Albania from 2009 to 2018.
CIPE is an institution that works to support democracy and to strengthen the private sector. It supports democratic and economic development in the world’s most challenging places.
Long after a country or a region disappears from the headlines, important work remains to prevent progress from being overturned. CIPE supports its local partners in leading sustainable development initiatives and assists key reformers in places where progress has yet to take hold. CIPE and its partners apply lessons learned across regions, taking innovative approaches in countries at various stages of democratic and economic reform.
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ACER is part of UNCAC Albania since 1997.
The United Nations Convention against Corruption is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. The Convention’s far-reaching approach and the mandatory character of many of its provisions make it a unique tool for developing a comprehensive response to a global problem.
The Convention covers five main areas: preventive measures, criminalization and law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, and technical assistance and information exchange. The Convention covers many different forms of corruption, such as bribery, trading in influence, abuse of functions, and various acts of corruption in the private sector.
Specific description of the ACER work in relation to the review mechanism of the UNCAC
ACER first started its work in tackling corruption with the project “Albania Anti-Corruption Initiative” (1997-1998), and has followed up on improving capacities towards building an expertise in the field. In three different time periods, ACER has implemented the Corruption Monitoring System (CMS) to evaluate perception and likelihood of corruption in Albania, within the framework of a national and regional analysis in cooperation with regional SEE partners (SELDI). The final results of the research have been presented in the Corruption Assessment Reports, which include not only survey outputs, but also background analysis on the main anti-corruption issues and recommendations for different stakeholders in preventing and tackling corruption, and in improving the current state of the judicial system in the country etc. ACER has not directly linked to the review mechanism of the UNCAC, but has worked in parallel while applying similar principles in countering corruption and being driven by SDGs while providing recommendations
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ACER has been an ICEG network member since 1994
About International Center for Economic Growth
The International Center for Economic Growth [ICEG] is a California 501-c-3 non-profit established in 1985 by the U.S. Agency for International Development to promote free-market economics in developing countries. The approach taken to meet that goal was to create indigenous economic policy institutes and build their macroeconomic technical capacity. Today the ICEG has helped create and develop more than 300 “Member Institutes” in 104 countries.
The ICEG Overseers include among others, former Federal Reserve Chariman Paul Volker; former World Bank President and Chair/CEO of Bank of America, Tom Clausen; former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Roy Ash; Peter Mc Pherson, former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the former President of Panama, Nicolas Arditto-Barletta.
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