Ti Slovakia Launches Public Procurement Portal
Transparency International's national chapter in Slovakia has launched a new online platform that discloses information on public procurement procedures since 2005. The website, called "Open Public Procurement", gathers data on more than 30,000 contracts worth more than 22 billion euros.
the Use of Social Media to Fight Corruption
An article by Giulio Quaggiotto, published on UNDPs Voices from Eurasia, discusses the use of social media to fight corruption and promote transparency. Mr. Quaggiotto refers to projects presented at a regional conference organized by UNDP in Belgrade earlier this month and raises some important questions about how these platforms can be used most effectively and what lessons can be learned from previous initiatives.'
National Integrity System Assessment for Czech Republic Launched
Transparency International's national chapter in the Czech Republic released recently a National Integrity System assessment showing how "healthy" the main governance institutions in the country are, considering their resources, accountability, transparency and role in fighting corruption. The study showed that corruption in public procurement remains one of the main problems to be tackled.
Yemeni Public Raises Voice Against Corruption
An article by Abubakr al-Shamahi discusses how political tension seems to be increasing recently in Yemen, where the past weeks have seen demonstrations escalate onto strikes that have managed to create great pressure on the government to combat corruption more strongly.
Efforts to Increase Transparency in Brazil
In 2011, Brazilian politics was tainted by the resignation of six ministers accused of corruption. However, the same year also had important developments toward increasing transparency, such as the passing of an Access to Information law, Brazils leading position in the launch of the Open Government Partnership and civil society initiatives to disseminate public information.'
Vietnamese Reporter Arrested After Exposing Police Corruption
The journalist Nguyen Van Khuong has been arrested in Ho Chi Minh City under charges of bribery, after exposing corruption within the traffic police in the newspaper Tuoi Tre. Khuong is known for his investigative work and has published many articles uncovering corruption in the police. He shall remain in custody for four months, until the investigation on his case is concluded.
Initiatives to Increase Transparency in Elections in Latin America
An article by Marta Erquicia on Transparency Internationals blog talks about civil society initiatives to monitor elections in four Latin American countries in the last months. The projects focused on the use of new technologies and social media to provide information to the public and collect reports of electoral violations.'
Lokpal Bill Approved by Indian Cabinet
Indias Cabinet approved yesterday a bill to establish an ombudsman body to fight corruption in the country. The bill shall be presented in Parliament tomorrow and is expected to pass before the end of the current legislative session. However, anti-corruption activists and the opposition questioned the bill's provisions and claimed that it will create a toothless agency.'
Russian Ngo Launches Anti-Corruption Program
The Russian organization Committee for Fighting Corruption" has developed a new program entitled "World Without Corruption", which is focused on the collaboration between civil society and the private sector towards strengthening the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) until 2020. The program has received the collaboration and support from international experts and activists and is being implemented within the scope of the UN Global Compact network in Russia.
Should Monitoring of Transparency Be Kept Secret? – by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Christopher Walker
In a laudable effort to raise awareness about corruption and to mobilize to combat it, the United Nations General Assembly designated December 9 as International Anticorruption Day. A UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which came into force in December 2005, has been ratified by some 140 countries to date. Given the turbulent economic climate and increasingly sour mood around the globe in developing and developed countries alike toward venal political leadership and business, meaningful anticorruption efforts can have an important salutary impact in giving citizens a stake in their governance and reducing cynicism.
Massive Citizen Reporting Uncovers Electoral Violations in Russia
An article by Gregory Asmolov published on Global Voices emphasizes the role of citizens in uncovering numerous irregularities in the Russian Parliamentary elections last Sunday. According to the author, the use of technology made it possible to massively document evidence of election fraud and to question the legitimacy of the results.
Czech Paper Launches Petition for Tougher Stance on Corruption
The Czech tabloid Blesk, one of the most popular daily publications in the country, has launched a petition online demanding law enforcement agencies to conduct tougher investigations on corruption cases. The newspaper also published a list of the 20 most corrupt Czech politicians, allegedly based on a poll with 50,000 people.
Mobile Legal Advice Centers Reach out to Rural Areas in Africa
Advocacy and Legal Advice Centers (ALACs) have become a central point of Transparency Internationals national chapters' activities in many countries. Their main objective is to empower victims of corruption and help them to make use of their legal rights. Some chapters in Africa have now taken a further step to make these initiatives more effective, by organizing mobile ALACs to reach remote locations where access to justice is much limited.'
Civil Societys Achievements Against Corruption in 2011
An article by Christina zur Nedden, from the Communications Department at Transparency International, summarizes important achievements by civil society in fighting corruption during 2011 and highlights that many events this year have contributed to bringing corruption more strongly on the international agenda.
Anti-Corruption Activism in India on the Rise
Anti-corruption activists in India are becoming more and more creative and finding original - and unconventional - ways to express their discontent with the situation in the country, where several corruption cases have been uncovered this year and the government stills hesitates to adopt an anti-corruption law.