An extensive awareness campaign was conducted jointly with the rayon State Administration of Dnipropetrovs’k oblast.
An overall program name, in reality it consists of different separate projects/campaigns. The main goal of the ‘Don’t give, don’t take bribes’ program was to raise awareness among the citizens that ‘petty corruption’, e.g. bribes to a road police, small gifts to doctors, bribes to ticket controlling services etc., is also corruption. It also attempted to change the perception that corruption is only a part of big business and draw attention to the fact that also regular people do encounter it and may act against this harmful phenomenon. The project aimed to create a positive campaign to show that one can say ‘no’ to corruptive activities and that indeed there are regular people, who do act against corruption. This undertaking also intended to reveal to people that any corruption undermines healthy functioning of the state and of every institution functioning within it.
The project was invented and run predominantly by two organizations: Ruch Normalne Państwo (Regular State Movement) and Stowarzyszenie Komunikacji Marketingowej SAR. The former organization is a voluntary civil society organization to which people donate their time and effort. They managed to find a large number of sponsors and thanks to that develop a country wide campaign in 2006, which lasted 3 months and was supported by multiple media (press, radio, TV). According to one of news articles the market value of the campaign in 2006 was ca. EUR 370.000!
The project had different editions starting with a single city campaign (in 2004 in Warsaw). Later on it pick up speed and scaled up onto the whole country. During annually organized ‘day without a bribe’ various happenings and actions take place across the whole country. Local NGOs and civil society organizations participate in them. Badges with campaign main slogan are distributed, as well as bumper stickers. Also envelopes are publicly burned to symbolize fight with corruption. Anti-corruption media campaigns ran for 2-3 months a year between 2006-2008. They included, besides already mentioned actions, TV and radio spots, billboard and citylight posters and running an internet website (www.niedajelapowek.pl).
The aim of the project is to increase the public awareness regarding the transparency of the political parties’ financing in the country through: 1. Realization of educational seminars and workshops; 2. Development of practical guidelines aimed at increasing the transparency in the financing of the political parties in the country; 3. Development and publication of a special TI index on the matter.
The main output of the project is a weekly show bradcasted on the public television, which aims to promote: open debate about crucial issues for Kosovo, accountability in decision-making and introduce viewer driven content to a larger scale.
The aim of this project was to educate the younger generation (future citizens of European Union) in the sense of awareness in the sphere of corruption, so that a new generation cherishing the moral values, following the civilized patterns of behavior – both on a personal and official level- could be brought up.
Beneficiaries in Lithuania
- 3 000 direct beneficiaries. High school and university students, members of debate clubs.
- 20 000 indirect beneficiaries. Members of local communities (other school and university students, teachers, parents, friends, officials of various local governmental institutions), members of national governmental institutions (Parliament, ministries).
- Teacher training seminar – outcome: a developed anti-corruption curriculum meant for working with students in clubs (3 days, 40 participants).
- Public introduction of the proposed curriculum in local communities and show debates
- Public debates, round table discussions at local communities, local and national governmental institutions were carried out throughout the year.
- Debate tournaments on corruption related issues 2 national (350 participants).
- Topics: “Punishment for Bribery Should be Made More Strict”; “Anti-corruption Education should be Introduced into School Curriculum”.
- Organizing “The best anti-corruption poster and slogan” competition and publishing of the calendar “Youth Against Corruption 2003” with best posters and slogans.
- Organizing anti-corruption campaigns in all 17 cities and towns, giving anti-corruption calendars as gifts to all Members of Parliament, local and national authorities.
- Anti-corruption Youth Forum (Druskininkai, June 20 – 30th, 2003).
- Topic: “EU should introduce anti-corruption policy in its member states” ( 340 participants )
- Compiling data of the project, evaluating results, preparing materials for publications, disseminating the publications and other outputs (August 2003).
- Follow-up activity: International Anti-corruption Youth Forum (Druskininkai , September 2003). Participants from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Moldova and Kazakhstan
- Presentation of Anti-Corruption Action Plan at the Parliament. (September 2003).
- Increased awareness of the problem of corruption and active involvement of young people into the activities of anti-corruption campaign all over Lithuania.
- Comparative analysis and evaluation of the results of the questionnaires filled in by young people before the beginning of the project and at the end of it.
- Compiled materials, which will be ready for dissemination in other schools and local communities of Lithuania;
- Cooperation with other organizations dealing with corruption in the country (Special Investigation Service, Transparency International, Lithuania Chapter).
- Cooperation and a joint activity (“International Anticorruption Youth Forum”) with the young people from other countries (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Belorus, Moldova and Kazakhstan).
- Creation of a charter “Youth Against Corruption” and presentation of it to the department in Parliament dealing with corruption.
Open Society Fund-Lithuania, Ministry of Education and Science of the RL, The Kazickas Family Foundation, International Debate Education Association (IDEA), Democracy Commission, US Embassy U.S. Embassy, Baltic American Partnership Program, East-East Program Open Society Fund-Lithuania, Council of Europe Information Centre, British Embassy
Read the report here.
Ruch Normalne Państwo and SAR continued on with their anti-corruption campaign after earning a success with a previous Warsawian action. That year the action (Give example – don’t take, take example – don’t give bribes) was country-wide and obtained lots of interest from media and other civil society organizations.
The goal of the project was the fight against corruption at local level.
The project aimed to shape an adequate public counteraction against all forms of corruption. Advocacy and capacity building for the local Ombudsman institution (Public Mediator) in Banite municipality and multiplication of the experience (best practices) in other municipalities of the Rhodopa region were some of the projects core activities.
The project aimed at introducing anti-corruption education in the secondary schools trough the elaboration of an applied pedagogical model with the participation of teachers, pupils and parents. Some of its expected results were:
- Analysis of corruption in the secondary education, review of the international experience in civil education;
- Teaching syllabus and programs;
- Methodological manual for teachers;
- Training seminar with teachers;
- Pilot model approbation;
- Information and media campaign
The project was launched as the project team consisting of experts and an administrative assistant was made up and they took to performing the scheduled activities.
An empirical sociological survey was conducted among secondary school students, teachers and parents from Sofia. Its findings were crucial for the project’s goal since the particular corruption practices, attitudes and perceptions could be incorporated into civil and anti-corruption curricula. The sample covered 193 students, 128 parents and 129 teachers.The surveyed units were defined through a two-stage cluster sample. This sample was representative for the groups surveyed (secondary school students, parents and teachers) from the city of Sofia.
On 27 February, 2004 a press conference informing about the launch of the project was delivered at the press club of the Sofia Press Agency. It was attended by representatives of partner organizations and reporters from over ten media.
A series of working meetings were held with the managing staff and boards of trustees of the two schools where the core part of the project was to be carried out: 135th Secondary General School Jan Amos Komenski and the National Secondary School of Trade and Banking. The meetings served to negotiate the project activity schedule, the responsibilities of the parties, and the manner of communication in the course of the project. Teachers that were to take part in the project were also selected.
The sociological survey findings were processed. The statistics received was rather valuable in terms of the implications it had for the education process in the following project stages. The data drawn from the interviews complemented the information gathered in the two focus groups from the first trimester which featured 17 randomly selected secondary school teachers. The main causes of secondary school corruption as defined with the help of these two tools were:
• the general crisis of values in society;
• the crisis of family relations and family upbringing;
• the lack of basic material comfort and education facilities at schools;
• teacher underpayment;
• the sense of impunity;
• the lack of effective anti-corruption actions on the part of the public authorities (especially the judiciary);
• the public schools funding system which lags far behind modern requirements;
• the fuzzy rules on private tutoring by public school teachers;
• violations in the entrance competitions at top-rating secondary schools.
Anti-corruption syllabi and curricula were developed consisting of separate modules fairly independent in contents. These modules were roughly based on the Anti-Corruption Manual previously developed by Coalition 2000. Model lesson plans were prepared for teachers to use during the try-out phase of the curricula. These included elements such as projects, role plays, group work, and a number of extracurricular and out-of-school activities. They involved an interdisciplinary approach with the possibility of using the plans in various academic subjects as well in special lessons in the weekly class-focused sessions.
One of the project’s main lines of activity was teacher training aimed at enhancing teachers’ skills in civic education and anti-corruption. Their first training seminar was held on 12 -13 November 2004 at the Secondary School of Trade and Banking. It was attended by 30 teachers from the two target schools including their principals. The seminar was devoted to Methodology of Anti-Corruption Education Instruction.
On 26 November, 2004 the sequel of the on-site teacher training was held at the other participating school 135th School Jan Amos Komenski at which fourteen more teachers were trained. Among the training’s main topics were:
• civic education in EU countries;
• planning the education process;
• the essay as a testing tool.
On 29-30 January 2005, at its closing conference the project team announced its secondary school corruption survey findings from the study it conducted in the two Sofia-based schools in 2004. The organizers also presented an electronic manual containing methodological hints, model curricula and teaching aids for possible anti-corruption courses at secondary schools. Its main highlights are:
• details about the Elisaveta Klark and Penka Kasabova Association;
• review of the project’s theoretical background;
• teacher training within the project;
• presentation of survey findings;
• foreign experience in civil education;
• modern approaches to education planning (model syllabi, lesson plans, etc.);
• innovative teaching methods;
• contemporary methods for student evaluation.
Further continuation of the previous year action. The same methods were applied: broad media campaign, distributing car stickers, promoting project logo etc.
A law on free access to information that is a powerful tool for corruption control and watchdog activities has been absent in the Czech legal framework for quite a long time; this project contributed to the successful culmination of the efforts to bring it into life. The seminar was widely inclusive, convening the representatives of the civil society, deputies, journalists and civil servants. The printed outcome of the seminar was distributed to the members of Chamber of Deputies before the vote. The advocacy part and media campaign implemented by TIC targeted three main groups – deputies and senators, journalist and young people. The message was simple – allow for free access to information. Tools like free postcards with a motto “Get informed by your deputy or senator when they allow you to access the information” were used. TIC issued around 10.000 postcards and sent them to all legislators and important journalists; the postcards were also distributed freely by a chain of cinemas, cafes and restaurants. The main message of the campaign was modified and extended for each of the target groups (via press releases, letters or info brochures). The campaign managed to get the deputies and senators under pressure and made some of them to make a public commitment to support the law (43 out of the 200 deputies made the public commitment they would vote for the law). An individual approach to each and every deputy and senator proved efficient; it allowed for expression of their personal opinions and for media coverage. There was also an important role of journalist who were not only transmitting the message but took active part in the campaign. TIC supplied media actively with additional info on how the law works in different European countries or delivered the statements of the involved Czech deputies. The law was adopted in spring 1999 and went into effect as of January 2000.
The project consisted in the development of anti-corruption study course for high-school students.
Public opinion surveys conducted by the ACTION Project indicate that Ukrainian youth are among the primary groups victimized by corruption and is a group that voluntarily participates in corrupt activities. In view of this, the Lviv-based NGO, For a Common Future, developed an inte ractive simulation exercise and curriculum for students to make them more aware of the negative costs of corruption and what to do about it.
They worked with to the Lviv State Administration, which ordered that anticorruption classes would be included in the school curriculum on Legal Studies for Grades 9–11 starting in the academic year 2008-2009. Teachers were trained and the course was launched in 1000 out of 1450 schools. Next, the NGO developed a manual for the course, with the involvement of specialists from the Ukraine Ministry of Education and Science. In August 2009, the Commission on Educational Work of the Research and Methodological Council of the Ministry approved the manual and recommended it for use in secondary, vocational, professional and higher education institutions of I-II accreditation levels.
The goals of the project were to publish information on projects funded within the foreign aid package, in regional newspapers and online media; to publish information on monitoring projects carried out within the framework of the TFAG Coalition; to publish abridged versions of the reports elaborated by the TFAG Coalition member organizations.
In order to reduce political corruption the project aimed at enactment of an effective law on the conflict of interest. TIC proposed a draft law and managed to build a coalition around it, advocate the draft successfuly and push it through; the law went into effect as of January 1, 2007. Media campaign was part of the project.
The goals of the project included: To support the organized citizens
The purpose of the project was to inform, educate on causes, consequences, and ways of corruption; influence on fighting the corruption and increase of the responsibility and transparency of public institutions.
The project aimed at:
– creating a virtual information center for monitoring the exploitation of natural resources in Romania;
– developing local civil society representatives’ capacity to actively participate in the development of regional strategies for the exploitation of natural resources;
– raising awareness among local and central authorities in resource rich areas about the necessity to design local sustainable development strategies for the exploitation of natural resources;
– advocating for transparency and accountability of central authorities’ management of natural resources.
In cooperation with Respekt weekly a series of debates was organised on different issues starting with corruption in sport,arms trade control,conflict of interest, etc.