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Civil Society for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption in Southeast Europe: Capacity Building for Monitoring, Advocacy and Awareness Raising (SELDI)
This project proposal has been prepared by the SELDI Network on the basis of findings of the external evaluation of the current SELDI phase for the period 2018-2020 and the Report from the Result Oriented Monitoring (ROM) mission carried out in 2021. It presents a consolidation and upgrade of the previous SELDI efforts and activities in the Western Balkans. Moreover, in the first months of 2022 SELDI.net held several regional meetings and design-thinking workshops where regional and EU policy makers, the members of SELDI and other regional networks discussed lessons learnt and horizon scanning in terms of what could CSOs do next on political and judicial corruption and the further democratization of the Western Balkan countries. SELDI held exchange of views and consultative meetings with RAI, RCC, and bilateral donors to the Western Balkans (SIDA, USAID, Norway Grants) and stayed on top of global anti-corruption developments through discussions at UNCAC’s Ninth Session of the Conference of the State of Parties and the US-led Summit for Democracy’s CSO anti-corruption group. In line with evaluation findings, the Steering Committee decided to decrease the number of co-applicant consortium members (to one organisation per country) for this call but strengthen grassroots and citizens engagement, capacity building and mentoring. Respectively, SELDI welcomed new co-applicants from Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99) and Montenegro, who specialise specifically in anti-corruption and the grassroots, thus increasing the SELDI community.
Objective of the Action is in line with the Call requirements and SELDI strategy: “Strengthen participatory democracy and the EU approximation process through consolidating and enhancing the impact of civil society engagement in the policy making and reform processes in the Western Balkan region in the area of anti-corruption, the rule of law and good governance”. These will be realized through the achievement of the:
- Strengthened CSO’s capacities and engagement opportunities for enhanced regional cooperation, at national and grassroots level, in anti-corruption policy and decision making;
- Encouraged and mobilized citizens’ engagement and grassroots activism to peacefully pressure governments for continued anti-corruption reforms;
- Established professional working dialogue with policy makers at national, regional, and EU level. Achieved policy reforms and societal innovation in the area of anti-corruption through evidence-based advocacy, policy engagement and awareness raising;
- Improved outreach by enhanced use of social media;
- Identified and leveraged tipping points for tackling common challenges in the field of anti-corruption prevention and prosecution by calling leaders and institutions to account and monitoring corruption victimization and state capture vulnerabilities;
- Intensified regional CSOs cooperation, dialogue and synergies across thematic networks for achieving a more holistic impact on political and judicial corruption in the region.
Increased Government Accountability through a more Responsive Parliament
The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in Albania is currently implementing the project “Increased government accountability through a more responsive parliament” funded by the the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office ( FCDO) through the UK Embassy in Tirana. The goal of the project is to support the parliament to effectively exercises its roles to challenge corruption, undue influence, and political interference in democratic processes. The main pillars of the project are:
- Increasing capacities, systems and resources of parliament to conduct effective law-making around priority legislative areas to combat corruption;
- Improving effective oversight by responsible parliamentary working bodies;
- Parliament and independent institutions share and act more effectively according to informations and recommendations;
- Improving engagement of Parliament with external stakeholders – Civil Society and line ministries on legislative, oversight, and reforms.
In the framework of implementing this programme, WFD is partenring with the Albanian Center for Economic Research (ACER) as a sub-grantee to assist parliament, independent institutions, and civil society in developing corruption-proofing methodology for key legislation especially those related to economic and financial sectors. Based on the 2023 parliament agenda, the centre will identify key legal amendments that are especially relevant to the public interest, need to be publicly discussed and addressed by civil society. It will engage academic experts to provide relevant research and evidence on identified pieces of legislation.
The research will be provided to other CSOs to support their advocacy efforts, and it will be submitted to the relevant parliamentary committees to influence their decision-making. In addition, media will be used to amplify some of the most important findings.
The project is expected to last two years.
Mapping of Patronage Networks for Improving Transparency and Governance of Public Sector of Albania
The project entitled: “Mapping of Patronage Networks for Improving Transparency and Governance of Public Sector of Albania” (SAL60022GR0057) is supported by Democracy Commission Small Grants Program of US Embassy in Tirana.
The disclosure and mapping of informal networks and influence points is possible though increasing access to information on the management and work of (SOEs), increasing citizen access to relevant information through user-friendly interactive databases and maps; initiating discussion and increasing pressure towards improvement of the legal framework regulating appointments and employment in the public sector, etc. As a result, will be the increase of public pressure and raising awareness of power distribution.
The overall goal of the Mapping of Patronage Networks for Improving Transparency and Governance of Public Sector of Albania project is to identify and map informal networks and to create a strong basis for advocating improving transparency of state owned enterprises (SOEs).
The increase of transparency of management, especially about the procedures followed in establishing supervisory boards, CEOs, and high level of management structures on SOEs, remain a critical point for improving quality of life of Albanian citizens.
Being based on existing sources of information this project aims to identify and suggest ways to increase access to information on the management and operation of SOEs; mapping external influences on the management, employment and distribution of funds, increasing citizens’ access to relevant information, generating debate and increasing pressure to improve the legal framework governing public sector appointments and employment, and increasing public pressure and raising awareness of power distribution.
Project started at September 2022 and is expected to be completed by October 2023.
Promovimi i Bashkëpunimit ndërmjet Aktorëve të Shoqërisë Civile, në Luftën kundër Korrupsionit.
With the support of the Western Balkan Fund (WBF), the Albanian Center for Economic Research (ACER), in Albania (Durrës), the Institute for Corruption Research (KAREYA, Pancevo, in Serbia (Smederevo), and the Organization for Democracy , Anti-corruption and Dignity – “COHU”, in Kosovo (Lipjan), have undertaken the project entitled: “Promoting Collaboration Between Civil Society Actors in the Fight Against Corruption“ (CN 2021/424879)). Currently for this project, an anti-corruption survey is being carried out on the basis of a special questionnaire, through which information is being gathered about issues such as: the causes and extent of corruption at the local level; the assessment of the provision of key public services such as education and health service, the general perception of citizens on the trends of corruption during the last three years, as well as some of their recommendations for improving the situation in the selected municipalities.
Civil society organizations participating in this project believe that building integrity in public institutions such as local government is an essential aspect of building a culture of legality throughout society. They hope that this project will be a good opportunity to exchange knowledge and encourage discussion on the topic of institutional integrity within the community of municipalities where it is being implemented to increase the effectiveness of regional cooperation for a successful fight against corruption.
The project lasts 6 months and will end on 31.05.2023
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Regional Good Governance Public-Private Partnership Platform(R2G4P) aims to deliver shared anticorruption solutions to increase the accountability of state institutions, strengthen civil society, and the rule of law in SEE through capacity building on implementing best practice European social research innovation instruments. The action aims to close anticorruption policy implementation and public procurement gapsacross SEE, which will amplify the impact of the planned increase in EU infrastructure support until 2025. The focus will be placed on 9 beneficiary countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia).
The public-private partnership approach will allow target groups to share solutions across EU and non-EU borders in SEE, based on 4 pillars:
- Established Regional Good Governance Public-Private Partnership Platform(R2G4P) which will create a sustainable regional public-private partnership for shared good governance solutions.
- Increased capacity of public institutions and NGOs to diagnose and tackle corruption risks through 4 specialised three-day regional trainings for R2G4P members and annual summer school for 25 outside participants. The training modules will include: a) MACPI: Monitoring Anticorruption Policy Implementation; b) Opentender.eu: big data and network analysis to develop innovative risk indicators; and c) tackling state (policy, regulatory) capture and emerging corruption risks. Manuals will guide each module.
- Designed shared management and policy anti-corruption solutions, through producing annual SEE Good Governance Reports, each accompanied by 9 anticorruption reviews for public institutions, based on MACPI and opentender.eu methods.
- Communication and engagement strategy, including an opening conference, annual policy forums, and a closing summit.
Southeast Europe Leadership for Development and Integrity (SELDI) is an anti-corruption and good governance coalition created in November 2012 by 17 likeminded 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.