Together Against Corruption (2011-2012)

Summary – The project aims at building on an existing platform, http://www.againstcorruption.eu that functions as a useful resource for the continuation of the efforts to improve the quality of governance and accountability in the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region. At the same time, the anti-corruption toolbox developed in this project brings together regional civil society organizations with relevant experience to share, thus strengthening the think tank networks in the region and bolstering their sustainability in the long run.

The scope of the project is to develop a platform with ready-to-use anti-corruption tools that have proved effective in South-Eastern Europe or elsewhere.

The platform functions as a useful resource for the continuation of the effort to improve governance quality and accountability, both in the new member states and in the near abroad, in areas where the EU has already invested a lot of political capital: Western Balkans and the Black Sea region. It is crucial to identify existing best practices and disseminate the results to all interested actors so that today’s civil society can make use of resources in the most effective way. At the same time, it is important to make the donors aware of the things that were tried with various degrees of success, to avoid walking all over again into the same dead ends. The project will therefore function as a natural follow-up on a whole series of interventions carried out in our region with the help of international donors, capitalizing on the lessons learned.

Specific objectives:

1. To attract new partners that promote integrity programs in the region;

2. To build on the existing website with regional anticorruption best-practices and other resources, freely accessible to any interested person or organization that will represent a platform where citizens, experts and activists can contribute and discuss stories of successful anti-corruption activities, as well as to provide information on the impact of such projects;

3. To consolidate community-wide communication via the website, forum, newsletter and the database on successful anti-corruption projects in the region;

4. To share knowledge among the donor community and civil society on good regional practices in fighting corruption;

5. To help the EU institutions in charge with designing policies for the Near Abroad (and beyond) with practical planning tools;

6. To increase the visibility of the genuine anti-corruption initiatives in CEE and SEE over the past two decades and rejuvenate the discussion around this topic at a moment when a certain “anti-corruption fatigue” seems to prevail among the countries of the region and their international partners.

7. To demonstrate that civil society organizations are a crucial and effective actor in the struggle for better governance; without their contribution in shaping the public agenda and creating genuine pressure for change from below, most legislative and institutional measures promoted top down are likely to end up as mere window dressing.

8. To offer support and models to the Russian language speaking countries in anti-corruption initiatives.

Activities:

The activities are based on researching organizations in Central and Eastern European countries that work on transparency, accountability and anti-corruption issues and invite them to join the network and the mailing list, to share best-practices of successful programs that they implemented in the past, and to contribute to the online discussion forum.

  1. Collect anticorruption initiatives and include them in a database.
  2. Develop a forum of discussions
  3. Publish news articles, editorials and essays
  4. Develop and use instruments to disseminate the information from the website
  5. Offer access to information to Russian speakers by building a Russian language option on the website
  6. Hold an annual online competition to reward the best anti-corruption programs in the region and to promote best-practice and innovative solutions;

Funder: Balkan Sea Trust

Duration of the project: December 2011 – December 2012

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