The Civil Society against Corruption initiative is based on the idea that the civil society and the local media are responsible for serving as the watchdogs of their national administrations and for exerting enough public pressure so as to lower corruption levels and increase the quality of governance. This project architecture stems from supporting a concept which SAR has widely advocated, according to which co-operation between civil society and the state is the only thing that can lead to sustainable good governance reforms.
The scope of the ‘A Virtual Community to Combat Corruption in Central and Eastern Europe’ project is to articulate a civil society network meant to combat corruption. The project is a continuation of the Romanian Academic Society’s Efforts to become an platform for East European NGOs, which would evaluate the actual impact of anti-corruption programs.
The project’s objective is to transform the againstcorruption.eu website – the project’s key element – into an instrument for advocacy and for the promotion of successful initiatives undertaken in the region. Once month, the members of our network receive the CSaC newsletter. In January 2011, CSaC launched its own blog, where contributions to the region’s anti-corruption issues are debated.
In order to identify good practices in Central and Eastern European anti-corruption practices and to efficiently allot resources, SAR will put together a toolkit for civil society organizations in the area. The process liaises specialized NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe, while strenghtening existent networks and creating new forms of collaboration and instructing donors on what projects were attempted in the past and how successful they were. On November 18, 2009, a roundtable discussion with anti-corruption experts in Central and Eastern Europe was held in Berlin.
In order to identify the most successful such examples, SAR employed a methodology with objective criteria and scoring schemes, which would define the concept of relevance in the field and identify its determiners: specific elements of projects with an impact, contextual factors (specific political circumstances, good timing, leader figure quality, etc.). The geographic area covered by the research project was that of the new EU member states, the Western Balkans and the Black Sea Region.
The results of the research were disseminated through a guide published in CD format, a dedicated website and a dialog with the main agents in the governance evaluation field. Also, a workshop with regional agents was held in Bucharest and a conference for the launch of the guide took place in Brussels (2010).
Financed by Open Society Institute, Balkan Trust for Democracy, National Endowment Fund
Find details on the website launch here.