MSI is pleased to share with you some practical research findings we’ve developed on the impacts of anticorruption programs worldwide. Over the next few months, we’ll be sending you links to short technical notes we have written that offer evidence-based insights on how donor support for effective anticorruption initiatives can produce significant results that:
– Improve business opportunities for US foreign trade and investment
– Reduce state fragility and vulnerability to terrorist activity
– Boost the private sector and economic growth
– Improve a country’s standard of living and human and social development
Our results are focused on demonstrating what, when and how anticorruption initiatives are effective in advancing such development goals. The first of our technical notes shows how successful anticorruption programs foster increased foreign investment that can benefit US business and trade into the future.
Enjoy these two infographics created for the our Lebanon-based project known as BALADI CAP. The project team works with civil society and municipal partners to build capacity through training and other support, particularly in the areas of internal governance, financial management and monitoring and evaluation. Funded by USAID, we work with more than 50 civil society partners (CSOs). These improved skills in turn help these organizations strengthen their ability to serve local populations.
December 9 each year is International Anti-Corruption Day, recognized in countries worldwide as a time to look back at progress made in fighting corruption and what still needs to be accomplished. For the past 20 years, MSI has supported governments, civil society groups, the mass media and business communities to plan and implement effective programs aimed at making governments more accountable to their publics and reducing fraud and abuse. Here are some of our recent accomplishments.
In Ukraine, MSI worked with the city administration of Kyiv and central government agencies to build the capacity of staff and the private sector capacity to use a new award-winning eProcurement system for public tenders nationwide. By some estimates, corruption has been reduced 25% to date as a result of this system.
<< Listen to this interview with MSI’s Juhani Grossmann, in which he shares lessons learned from his work with Indonesia’s anticorruption commission that can offer insights for anticorruption agencies in other countries, especially in Ukraine.
In Serbia, Ukraine and Afghanistan, MSI has implemented its new corruption risk assessment approach to identify vulnerabilities in government practices and recommend fixes. Click on the photo to learn more about this corruption risk assessment tool.>>
MSI has closely supported the internationally recognized anti-corruption commission in Indonesia (KPK) as well as many other government accountability institutions and CSOs over the past six years, yielding many transparency improvements in government procedures and greater civic engagement.
A very popular anticorruption film festival implemented with MSI support has become a centerpiece for building citizen activism against fraud and abuse. Watch this YouTube playlist to see the winning films from the first Indonesian AC Film Festival >>
For USAID, MSI conducted a practical analysis of hundreds of anti-corruption programs over the past decade to identify lessons learned and best practice.
<< Click the image to learn more about MSI’s work on USAID’s Practitioners Guide for Anticorruption Programming and to download a copy of the Guide.
Along withVietnamese researchers and think tanks, MSI assessed the costs of corruption on social and economic development… and the development benefits of fighting corruption.
Click the image to learn more about the causes of corruption in Vietnam >>
In Sierra Leone, along with their Anti-Corruption Commission, MSI and our Coffey colleagues implemented a crowdsourced application and hotline for citizens to report on corrupt transactions to create awareness and energize government reactions to reduce targeted problems.
<< Read the Economist article about our work putting technology to work to root out graft in Sierra Leone.
MSI’s USAID-funded Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project in Lebanon is taking the lead in advocating for improved accountability and transparency at the local and national governance levels through its creation of an issue-based Accountability and Good Governance Network.
Click the photo to learn more about the Anticorruption Advocacy Network in Lebanon >>
According to the 2016 International Transparency Index by Transparency International, Lebanon is now ranked first among Arab nations in the perception of corruption and misappropriation of public funds. MSI’s Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project in Lebanon is taking the lead in advocating for improved accountability and transparency at the local and national governance levels through its creation of an issue-based Accountability and Good Governance Network.
The network will be comprised of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and private sector entities working on common issues in the area of anticorruption, good governance and accountability towards fostering collaboration in addressing, advocating for and resolving specific issues.
In an effort to build consensus and a sense of shared purpose around this new advocacy network, BALADI CAP has undertaken a series of activities, including a Defining the Agenda workshop, which helped CSOs interested in participating in the network to identify priority issues by conducting a SWOT analysis and developing a mission statement and network goals. Additional meetings with Local Problem Solving Groups and Topic Discussion Groups were held to engage with broader community leadership to further refine network goals, map relevant stakeholders, and propose locally driven solutions. BALADI CAP has also provided assistance to CSOs with concept development and proposal writing to ensure the submission of relevant, well-crafted proposals for grants that will support the network goals through advocacy-related activities and awareness raising campaigns.
Other issue-based networks being created under BALADI CAP with similar supporting activities will center on human rights and the environment/waste management in Lebanon. As BALADI CAP is primarily a capacity-building project, MSI will provide technical assistance, resources and support to build the capacity of selected Intermediate Support Organizations (ISOs) to lead each issue-based network, after which the ISOs will in turn provide training and capacity-building to their respective networks of CSOs.
BALADI CAP’s capacity building Program is a mirror of “Lebanese Transparency Association LTA” mission and vision. LTA aims at becoming a reference and a leading example to all other Lebanese civil society organizations in Transparency and Anti-Corruption. Under its ‘Capacity Building Component – CBC, BALADI CAP is currently supporting LTA in overhauling its financial, human resources and monitoring and evaluation procedures to allow the latter to regain its position as a leader in the Anti-Corruption campaign in Lebanon and as a model to a transparent and well governed Lebanese civil society organization.