Donations to the third sector are currently scarce in Mexico, as a result, levels of overall investment in the projects supported by civil society are rather low.
At the same time, although organizations are accountable and report to various authorities, society at large does not know about such information, or simply do not have easy access to it.
Fondos a la Vista has developed a platform to facilitate information about civil society organizations committed to social development and their donors.
The project has as its main objective to promote transparency and accountability in the sector and to promote trust in private donations and organizations.
It also aims to the recognition of the work and commitment of CSOs that already are have good transparency practices in place.
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The project soght to support and provide citizens more accountability of the political system in Kosovo, to enhance participation of citizens into institution making procedures and decision making processes.
The goal of the project was to assist the Council of Europe in establishing the National Association of local authorities in Georgia. The association was established in December 2004 during the conference of 800 municipalities. Target group: local municipalities, elected mayors, councilors, associations of local governments.
The project aimed to increase the transparency of the local administration of Yambol’s municipality by improving the access to information for the citizens and the business regarding the governance priorities in the region.
The project activities included:
1. needs assessment of the civil society structures with regard to the governance priorities in the region;
2. development of mechanisms for better information dissemination regarding the work of the regional and local authorities.
The project aimed to prepare a program and methodical recommendations of anti-corruption education for teachers of a school of general education.
The goal of the project was to prepare an integrated anti-corruption education program and methodological recommendations for schools teachers, prepare teachers-consultants, responsible for further development of the program. 32 teachers of Ethics, History, Religion, Political science, Civic education and Psychology from 11 Lithuanian schools participated in the project. The participants had a series of seminars on anti-corruption.
Project participants gained knowledge and techniques to apply anti-corruption education strategies during their own lessons and other educational activities; Integrated programme of anti-corruption education and methodical recommendations for a school of general education were developed.
Project was devoted to teachers and pupils of a school of general education, school and local communities. 32 teachers of Ethics, Psychology, Religion, History, Political Science, Civic Education from following schools participated in the project:
- Anyksciai A.Baranauskas secondary school
- Elektrenai secondary school “Azuolynas”
- Gargzdai gymnasium “Vaivorykste”
- Kedainiai secondary school “Atzalynas”
- arijampole secondary school No.6
- Mazeikiai secondary school “Venta”
- Panevezys secondary school No.9
- Pasvalys P.Vileisis gymnasium
- Radviliskis Vaizgantas gymnasium
- Raseiniai secondary school “Saltinis”
- Siauliai St.Salkauskis secondary school
DURATION: 2002 – 2003
The project aimed at increasing the transparency and accountability of the public administration through the creation of a sustainable system for inclusion of the civil society structures in the formulation and implementation activities of the public administration. In short, the project included: 1. an analysis of the current deficiencies in the work of the public administration with the citizens and the business; 2. formulation and development of mechanisms for improvement through analyses of best practices; 3. implementation of a sustainable system for cooperation that guarantees the constant involvement of the civil society actors in the practical implementation of the policies of the public administration in four pilot municipalities; 4. realization of seminars for the target groups concerning the European best practices of good governance.
The basic goal of the initiative was to raise the competencies of the Bulgarian investigative agencies and to harmonize the practices in the investigation of crimes concerning the financial interests of the European Communities. The imminent objective was to provide practical expert support to state investigators and prosecutors handling abuse of EU funds in Bulgaria.The outputs of the project are: 1. development of a methodology for the investigation of EU funds abuse; 2. publishing a manual, “Effective Investigation of European Union Funds Abuse in Bulgaria.” The manual is a practical guide to be used in the daily work of state investigators and prosecutors; 3. organizing a training seminar on the subject for state investigators and prosecutors handling EU funds abuse.
Main project outcome was a practical guide to municipal budgeting. Publication also contains results of research conducted among dozens of municipalities, mapping budgeting procedures; quality and public availability of relevant information; and level and ways of public involvement in budget process. Other project activities included meetings with representatives of local governments and civic society organisations and increasing their awareness of public control instruments and possibilities. Both the results of the research and the publication were presented to media.
The project comprised monitoring the process of capacity building of anti-corruption institutions.
The project aimed to change the attitude of young people towards corruption through initiation of anti-corruption course in high-schools in the Sliven region. For the purpose, the project developed a program for anti-corruption education that included group simulations, case resolution in areas such as mediation and lobbying, money laundering, conflict of interests etc. Some of the project outputs included: 1. a sociological survey; 2. a round table with municipal representatives, lawyers, non-profit youth organizations, the civil association Public Barometer and students from the four surveyed schools; 3. development of a three-module training program; 4. a press conference.
The goal of the project was to support implementation of the state program “Village Support” by training the LG trustees in territorial units in participatory methodologies, so that they will be able to conduct participatory needs assessments and problem prioritization in their communities. Also, during the project the special training for CBO and local NGO representatives on civil monitoring was organized, so they will be able to monitor the activities of LG trustees in local communities.
This project (Citizens and local government) was realized by the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy (FSLD). It was a country-wide project designed for small municipalities and districts below 50.000 citizens with an objective to create sustainable and transparent mechanism for cooperation between local administration and local civic organizations and citizens. Overall the FSLD funded 22 grants to local NGOs (total amount equaled PLN 805.400 or ca. EUR 200.000) for sake of creating and strengthening of the cooperation among the NGOs as well as between them and the local administration.
Those actions were envisaged to enhance common trust between the engaged entities, especially towards the local governments and to lower corruption thanks to increased transparency of the decision making processes. Also creation of local organization coalitions was encouraged in order to stimulate active citizens’ participation in public life and to shape sustainable communication schemes between the administration and local communities. Thanks to the latter, local officials could better address the needs of their communities.
The project was performed as the continuation of 2006 project Youth for Transparency where three municipalities participated – Mazeikiai District Municipality, Elektrenai Municipality and Anyksciai District Municipality. Participants from these municipalities acted as trainers and experts in Open Local Government project. 7 new municipalities were involved into this project. The main aim of the project was to raise awareness of local community (local authorities, schools, youth, NGO, media ect.) of the necessity to play an active role in support of civil society. Project objectives were: To support local leaders for developing and multiplying of local programmes for anticorruption and transparency education in the region; To develop and implement local programmes for anticorruption and transparency education in leading municipalities; To promote local programmes for anticorruption and transparency education in the region by local teams through cooperation with media, NGOs, other communities; To built the international experience exchange and means of multiplying the programmes for anticorruption and transparency education on the local level. In total, there were 24 schools, 122 students, 56 teachers, 18 servants of municipalities directly participating in this project. The project consisted of: 1) Preparing trainings for experts, trainers and local leaders; 2) Workshops for local teams; 3) Meetings of youth leaders with elected local government representatives and parliament members; 4) Educational materials; 5) Preparing and implementation the local programmes of education by each local team; 6) Local meetings with headmasters for promoting local programmes of education; 7) Educational activities with schools, public institutions; 8) Cooperation with all schools at the municipality; 9) Study visit in Poland; 10) Local presentation to spread out the results.
The project aims to: 1. assess and improve the current state of affairs regarding performance reporting practices of Romanian county level political decision makers; 2. enhance policy-learning among local decision makers in performance reporting and the publishing of assessment results; 3. showcase best practice in performance reporting and directly target political decision makers with assessment results and recommendations on how to improve their performance reports; 4. raise public awareness on performance reporting practices of political decision makers.
The project aimed to raise the capacity and create conditions for active involvement of civil society structures and public officials at local and regional level in the fight against corruption, as part of the general efforts to reform the public institutions in order to achieve higher efficiency, transparency and accountability. The basic goals of the project were: 1. to enhance the competencies and practical skills of civil society organizations and local and regional administrations in counteracting and preventing corruption by devising and applying concrete policies and practices of civil control and monitoring; 2. to raise the capacity of civil society structures and local and regional administrations for drafting of concrete strategies and project proposals for good governance; 3. to improve partnership skills between civil society organizations and Bulgaria’s public administration.
Roundtable discussions with political representation of individual regions took place and recommendation reports for the management of each regional government were prepared. TIC had also been actively involved in the proceedings of anti-corruption committee of Prague City Council. The project covered five selected regions of the Czech Republic and included also anti-corruption art exhibitions. A follow up project included series of trainings for regional government officials.
The goal of the project: providing legal advice on corruption. In some cases, legal assistance was offered in court cases.
The project was realized under the Coalition 2000 and USAID initiative: “Civil Society Against Corruption”” Small Grants Program. Its primary goal was the legitimization of the school mediator as a possibility for resolution of conflicts in the sphere of secondary education.”
As part of the project training workshops for newly elected local council members were organized across the country. Local councilors were trained in several topics: roles and responsibilities, local budgeting, transparency etc. Target group: newly elected local council members.
This part of the project was designated for those local governments, which accomplished one of the two previous stages and intended to go on with already introduced solutions in order to deepen and fine tune their working. The main focus of the project was again to improve the quality of local governance. In general 127 local governments went on with this initiative and kept implementing brand new tasks (both mandatory and voluntary) within the earlier designed areas.
The main aim of the project was to develop attitudes and meet expectations of young citizens in building the transparency and accountability of the public life on the local level, through education and through encouraging community cooperation on local and international levels.
- To engage local authorities and schools in common building and realizing the local policy of public administration monitoring.
- To present the social control mechanisms in the subject of transparency and ways of corruption prevention for the students.
- To cooperate with local authorities and schools in developing the local system of getting and disseminating information on the public institution functioning.
- To build the international experience exchange and means of dissemination social control mechanism through education forum.
Target groups and beneficiaries
- Youth: the project’s direct addressees are young people aged 13-18 years (students of gymnasium schools) in Poland and Lithuania living in places covered by the Programme, those who will one day become full citizens taking part in their local community life, also as the potential clients of offices in their localities (3900 students).
- Local authorities chosen for the project: direct beneficiaries are local governments invited to co-operation (10 in Poland and 3 in Lithuania) their representatives who, assisted by the planned activities, are expected to build a positive image of the office and to work to improve confidence in public institutions (13 local governments, 65 representatives).
- Teachers from the schools that will take part in the project: the Programme’s intermediate beneficiaries are also school teachers involved in its implementation and all the residents of counties and municipalities covered by the Programme, who will become addressees of activities carried out by school students and local government staff members (260 teachers).
- Local community: all inhabitants in those regions where the project will be conducted (3000 adult inhabitants).
The project aimed to build a capacity for the existing public anti-corruption council in Pernik Municipality. The project supported the establishment of mechanisms for reporting corrupt cases by citizens in the sphere of public health services and education system. It also aimed to improve the legal culture of citizens through the realization of informational and educational campaigns.
The objective of the project was to increase the capacity of the public administration in Bulgaria for implementing the institutional and legislative measures for reducing corruption in its work (administrative services delivery, organization of competitions for allocations of grants, etc.) and by this to increase the public trust in the administration.
The project activities included discussion about the necessity of ethical business approach, starting cooperation of public, private and non-profit segments, promotion of legislative changes and contribution to cultivated and competitive business environment. Viva Etika also represented a coalition of companies that were with TIC and influencing business environment in order to increase transparency, credibility and responsibility.