On June 22nd, National Taxpayers Association Kenya (NTA) held the annual national launch of their Citizen Report Cards (CRC). NTA uses CRCs to monitor the management of devolved public funds at the county level. Local volunteers, with support from NTA staff, audit publicly funded infrastructure projects. Then reports are produced by NTA which are shared with key stakeholders and the public. NTA then engages with stakeholders in local government in order to resolve identified problems.
Following the earthquake which hit Nepal on 25th April, 2015 a number of studies demonstrated that there were negative perceptions about the distribution of aid and that relief was not reaching those who needed it. One such report was conducted by Ground Truth, who then engaged Integrity Action to respond to some of the relief distribution issues highlighted in the report.
There are many barriers that prevent women from participating in community integrity building and community development in Timor-Leste.
This “Closing the Loop” piece comes from Feedback Labs Collaboration Fund winners. In Fall 2015, Integrity Action, Ground Truth Solutions, Youth Initiatives, Local Interventions Group, and Accountability Lab won US$20,000 to implement and experiment with closing the loop for earthquake victims in Nepal.
Integrity Action awarded a small grant to the Library-Cultural Centre for Persons with Disabilities - known as ”Tanadgoma” - to conduct, together with the Georgian Technical University (GTU), an Autumn Camp in Tbilisi, organised by GTU Associate Professor Khatuna Chapichadze. The Integrity Camp took place at “Tanadgoma”, hosting 13 participants, 11 GTU students and 2 beneficiaries of ”Tanadgoma”. The camp included thematic study sessions on Integrity, corruption and anti corruption.
A new Integrity Youth Circle has started at the Far Western University in Nepal, led by Suraj Joshi, president of the FWU Integrity Youth Circle and Prof. Sheelnidhi Chand, who is the students’ resource person for integrity education in the Far Western University and HoD of the Education Faculty.
We are very happy to announce a new resource is available for learning more about integrity: our 2 'Integrity Challenges' that are designed like a video game for learning to identify ethical, integrity and unethical behaviours. This challenge asks the player to watch the film and when a set of behaviours show up on the screen, click the words reflecting on unethical and corrupt behaviours. Note that since we focus on integrity, we include misconduct, maladministration, and other negative behaviours that may not be formally defined as corruption.
During 2015, Integrity Action and UNDP Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN) entered into a partnership to deliver a suite of knowledge management tools that equips citizens and institutions to act with and demand integrity.
I am thrilled to announce the publication of the following tools:
Four case studies on the benefits of citizen engagement and closing the feedback loop
These case studies were written with the kind support of UNDP GAIN: