Strengthening Transparency of Paraguay’s Government Ministries

The program will provide expert assistance and exposure to international best practices for the Auditor General’s Office.

MSI is partnering with the Centro de Estudios Ambientales y Sociales (CEAMSO or the Environmental and Social Studies Center) to implement USAID/Paraguay’s new Democracy and Governance Program.

In addition to working with the Supreme Court and several other national ministries, the project will also support advocacy and interest groups to promote anti-corruption and transparency.  This will include building the capacity of watchdog groups to monitor compliance with legal procedures and helping groups to advocate for legislative and policy improvements.

MSI’s role is two-fold. First, we will provide CEAMSO with expert program management support to build the capacity of its management team to implement and manage the program effectively. This will include training, coaching and mentoring in specific areas, such as financial management, reporting, procurement and monitoring and evaluation.

Second, we will provide experts in and exposure to international best practices in developing a merit-based civil service human resource system.  We will also assist with strengthening the National Procurement Office’s training programs and protocols for contract administration.

MSI will also assist the Ministry of Education to better distribute school equipment and materials.  Our experts will also provide support to the Auditor General to implement internal audit control best practices.

In addition, the team will provide assistance to the Supreme Court and Prosecutors Office to identify and adopt anti-corruption measures. Assistance will also be provided to the Anti-Corruption National Secretariat.

Beginning in 2000, MSI initiated a project for USAID/Paraguay that targeted anticorruption and judicial reform themes. During the initial phase of the project, MSI worked closely with Florida International University and local partners in the mass media and civil society organizations. By 2003, the project was refocused to deal more intensively on anticorruption and judicial reform issues in partnership with various judicial and governmental authorities, as well as with civil society groups.  The project concluded in 2006.