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Political Party Financing in Latvia Riga February 2003
Themes: Political Party Financing
Countries: Latvia, International
For more info, contact: Transparency International - Berlin, International


Duration: from 14 February 2002 to 16 February 2002
Funded by: Transparency International Latvia/DELNA The Soros Foundation Latvia

Status Report of the Republic of Lithuania in the framework of the Baltic Anti-Corruption Initiative
Themes: Regional Initiatives
Countries: Lithuania, Baltic Anti - Corruption Initiative
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

This is the final status report as submitted by the Lithuanian Ministry of Justice in March 2002 which takes into account the discussion at the Review Meeting of the Status Reports on Legal and Institutional Measures to Fight Corruption, Tallinn 26-27 February 2002. Also, the external assessment of the report and discussions with the Lithuanian experts during the meeting is enclosed.

Duration: from 01 September 2001 to 31 December 2002

EU Phare Justice and Home Affairs projects in anti-corruption in 2002 - 2003
Themes: National Anti-Corruption Programmes, Anti-Corruption Campaigns, Justice and Home Affairs, Economic Crime
Countries: Lithuania
For more info, contact: The European Commission - Brussels, International


Duration: from 2001 to 2003
Funded by: The European Union's Phare Programme

Istanbul Action Plan
Themes: Regional Initiatives
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

The Istanbul Action Plan is the anti-corruption initiative for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Ukraine. It was endorsed at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies (ACN) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2003. The Kyrgyz Republic has joined this Initiative in November 2003. The implementation of the Initiative is supported by the Secretariat of the ACN. For further information contact Ms Olga Savran at + 33 (0) 1 45 24 13 81.

OECD Workshop 'Managing Conflict of Interest - From Policy to Practice', Zagreb, 12-13 May 2003
Themes: Accountability and Transparency
Countries: Stability Pact Anti - Corruption Initiative
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

Focusing on Conflict of Interest management in the public sector, this regional workshop has brought together over 40 public officials and members of civil society organisations from 8 South Eastern European countries and various international organisations. The seminar was co-hosted by the Croatian Ministry of Justice and the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb.
Participants, together with OECD experts, explored a tools-based approach to the implementation of Conflict of Interest policies. In order to develop, test and adopt country-specific Conflict of Interest management strategies, participants are now considering further participation in the SPAI Good Governance project, together with staff from the OECD Governance Division during 2003.

Your contact persons for the overall project are Mr. Howard Whitton (Tools) and Mr. Janos Bertok (OECD Guidelines).

Donor Standards in Anti-Corruption Project
Themes: Donors' Standards in Anti-Corruption Project
Countries: International
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

Foreign direct assistance to fight public sector corruption has met with mixed success. Even when such assistance is effective in meeting its stated objectives, it often, nonetheless, inadvertently contributes to corruption by introducing aid into resource-scarce areas or into systems with integrity and accountability problems. The 2001 Annual Meeting of the Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies (ACN) identified donor standards and co-ordination as key problems in anti-corruption assistance and called for further analysis.

In this context, the Donor Standards in Anti-Corruption Project (DSACP) was undertaken with the aim to identify tentative lessons learned on how aid may be provided to maximize positive impacts. The first phase of the project was carried out by the ACN in collaboration with the Collaborative for Development Action Inc (CDA) from March till September 2002. Seven case studies were carried out identifying some of the key issues that donors and implementing agencies come across when providing anti-corruption assistance. To view the case studies and the end of project report click on the title "Donor Standards in Anti-Corruption Project".

Comments can be send to the Network secretariat at Anti-CorruptionNetwork@oecd.org.


Duration: from 31 March 2002 to 15 September 2002
Funded by: ACN Steering Group members (UNDP, Transparency International Secretariat Berlin, TI Russia and Latvia, OSI, COLPI), DfID, OECD Development Assistance Committee, Lessons Learned Unit of UNMiK Kosovo.
Budget: US$ 120,000

DSACP Case Studies: Ukraine
Themes: Donors' Standards in Anti-Corruption Project
Countries: Ukraine
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International


Funded by: The World Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

DSACP Case Studies: Bulgaria
Themes: Donors' Standards in Anti-Corruption Project
Countries: Bulgaria
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

DSACP Case Studies: Moldova
Themes: Donors' Standards in Anti-Corruption Project
Countries: Moldova
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International


Funded by: Transparency International Moldova

DSACP Case Studies: Prishtina Municipality, Kosovo
Themes: Donors' Standards in Anti-Corruption Project
Countries: Stability Pact Anti - Corruption Initiative
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International


Funded by: Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit (LLA) of the EU Pillar of UNMIK in Kosovo

DSACP Case Studies: Tajikistan
Themes: Donors' Standards in Anti-Corruption Project
Countries: Tajikistan
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International


Funded by: UNDP Country Office Tajikistan

DSACP Case Studies: Armenia
Themes: Donors' Standards in Anti-Corruption Project
Countries: Armenia
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International


Funded by: OSCE Armenia

DSACP Case Studies: Georgia
Themes: Donors' Standards in Anti-Corruption Project
Countries: Georgia
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International


Funded by: UNDP Country Office Georgia

Second SPAI workshop on Conflict of Interest Management, Istanbul, 12-13 September 2003 (click here to download the program)
Themes: National Anti-Corruption Programmes, Project Database
Countries: Stability Pact Anti - Corruption Initiative
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

Introducing a public procurement system: Experience in Central and Eastern European Countries, SIGMA/OECD Publication
Themes: Procurement
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

'Managing Conflict of Interest in Public Service: Selected Tools and Strategies', Presentation by Mr. Howard Whitton
Themes: Accountability and Transparency
Countries: Stability Pact Anti - Corruption Initiative
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

Status Report on the Republic of Latvia in the framework of the Baltic Anti-Corruption Initiative (BACI)
Themes: Regional Initiatives
Countries: Latvia, Baltic Anti - Corruption Initiative
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

This is the final status report as submitted by the Latvian Ministry of Justice in April 2002. The draft report was discussed at the “Review Meeting of the Status Reports on Legal and Institutional Measures to Fight Corruption”, held in Tallinn on 26-27 February 2002.
The assessment established by the reviews on the basis of the draft report and discussions with the Latvian expert during the Tallinn meeting is enclosed.

Status Report of the Republic of Estonia in the framework of the Baltic Anti-Corruption Initiative (BACI)
Themes: Regional Initiatives
Countries: Estonia, Baltic Anti - Corruption Initiative
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

This is the final status report as submitted by the Estonian Ministry of Justice in March 2002. The draft report was discussed at the “Review Meeting of the Status Reports on Legal and Institutional Measures to Fight Corruption”, held in Tallinn on 26-27 February 2002.
The assessment established by the reviewers on the basis of the draft report and discussions with the Estonian experts during the Tallinn meeting is enclosed.

Duration: from 01 September 2001 to 31 December 2002

The Status Report of the Republic of Latvia in the framework of the Baltic Anti-Corruption Initiative (BACI)
Themes: Regional Initiatives
Countries: Latvia
For more info, contact: Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Secretariat - Paris, International

This is the final status report as submitted by the Latvian Ministry of Justice in April 2002. The draft report was discussed at the “Review Meeting of the Status Reports on Legal and Institutional Measures to Fight Corruption”, held in Tallinn on 26-27 February 2002.
The assessment established by the reviews on the basis of the draft report and discussions with the Latvian expert during the Tallinn meeting is enclosed.

Duration: from 01 September 2001 to 31 December 2002

Anti-Corruption Coalition South Russia
Themes: Project Database
Countries: Russian Federation
For more info, contact: Centre for Applied Researches into Intellectual Property - Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation


28 February 2002

Program of Co-operation between the European Commission on Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) and the Government of Azerbaijan
Themes: Independent Judiciary, Legislative Assistance, Rule of Law, Judicial Reform
Countries: Azerbaijan
For more info, contact: The Council of Europe - International

Program of work agreed between the Government of Azerbaijan and the Venice-Commission in the areas of constitutional reform, electoral reform and the media.
Duration: from  September 2000 to  December 2001

Database on International Donors' Assistance Programs in Armenia
Themes: Project Database
Countries: Armenia
For more info, contact: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Yerevan, Armenia


Funded by: UNDP Armenia

The World Bank's Regional Initiative for the South Caucasus
Themes: Regional Initiatives
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
For more info, contact: World Bank - Yerevan, Armenia


Funded by: The World Bank

Projects carried out by the Centre for Regional Development/Transparency International Armenia
Themes: National Anti-Corruption Programmes, NGOs' experiences in Anti-Corruption Programmes, Regional Initiatives, Anti-Corruption Projects
Countries: Armenia
For more info, contact: Center for Regional Development - Yerevan , Armenia

In March 2001, CRD organized a Seminar entitled "Formation of TI Chapter in Armenia: Prerequisites and Perspectives." Results of the meeting include the formation of a National Anti-Corruption Coalition in Armenia and the development of a three-year action plan for the coalition. 10 out of 15 participating organizations signed the Memorandum of Understanding affirming their intention to form a National Anti-Corruption Coalition under the umbrella of CRD/TI Armenia. Today, 20 non-governmental organizations specialized in various fields are members of the Coalition. CRD/TI Armenia is currently developing a database on all ongoing projects of the member organizations and is planning to publish a brochure on the Coalition and its ongoing and future anti-corruption activities.

In September 2001, CRD/TI Armenia, along with its Georgian and Azeri counterparts, started a joint Project “Promoting Transparency at Regional Customs” designed to further regional economic development. The Project is funded by the South Caucasus Cooperation Program, Eurasia Foundation. It includes the following: review and analysis of appropriate legal provisions and regulations; public opinion survey and focus group discussions to identify the most corrupt practices; promotion of public awareness on customs-related issues; and development of policy recommendations to increase transparency and efficiency of customs administrations throughout the South Caucasus.

In September 2001, CRD/TI Armenia organized the first TI Regional Workshop entitled “South Caucasus Cooperation in Combating Corruption”, held in Yerevan. TI International Secretariat, Berlin, funded the preparation and organization of the Workshop. The main goal of the workshop was to enhance cooperation among the interested parties in the region to promote transparency, accountability and integrity through the joint anti-corruption initiatives. Representatives of TI Offices from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, TI International Secretariat, as well as representatives of the government sector and international community attended the workshop.

In October 2001, CRD/TI Armenia received another grant from TI International Secretariat, Berlin for adaptation of some chapters of the Source Book to the Armenian reality. The adapted materials will be distributed among interested parties: government officials, members of the Coalition, other NGOs, business community, media, etc. CRD/TI Armenia is currently seeking extra funding to provide adaptation and publication of the whole book.


Duration: from 2001 to 2002
Funded by: Transparency International Berlin, Eurasia Foundation

Fostering Anti-Corruption Public Actions in Ukraine
Themes: Public Awareness, Anti-Corruption Campaigns, Accountability and Transparency
Countries: Ukraine
For more info, contact: Development Alternatives Inc. - Bethesda, Maryland 20814 USA, Ukraine

This USAID funded project aims at a) empowering local civil society organizations to promote civil advocacy and represent victims of corruption, b) expanding the number of community based partnerships for integrity, c) developing the capacity of Ukrainian NGOs to implement community level programs, d) promoting Ukrainian NGO leadership and cooperation in anti-corruption activities and e) coordination with other donor activities to achieve synergies
Duration: from  September 2001 to  September 2003
Funded by: USAID
Budget: not available

No Progress Without Coalition – From Polish Civil Society’s Bitter Experience
Themes: NGOs' experiences in Anti-Corruption Programmes
Countries: International
For more info, contact: Stefan Batory Foundation - Warsaw, International

Transcript of a presentation given by Mrs Kopinska during a regional workshop organized by the UNDP in Vilnius, Lithuania, 6-7 September 2001.

Judicial Reform Project
Themes: National Anti-Corruption Programmes, Independent Judiciary, Investment Climate, Rule of Law, Judicial Reform
Countries: Armenia
For more info, contact: World Bank - Yerevan, Armenia

This World Bank funded Judicial Reform Project in Armenia, will assist in the development of an independent, accessible, and efficient judiciary, essential to governance, the rule of law, and an investment climate. The components will: 1) develop judiciary self governing bodies, namely, the Council of Court Chairmen, and its administrative office, and, establish a modern court administration system, through the design, and implementation of new case management models, including automation of courts. Improved legislative framework will be enhanced through advisory services, and study tours; 2) ensure the rehabilitation of court facilities, enhance security, and improve access to the courts. Construction, and rehabilitation of court buildings, include design, engineering, and supervision costs, as well as equipment, and furniture supply; 3) provide assistance to the Judicial Training Center, in coordination with other donors, in particular, the European Union. Training techniques, and curricula will be developed, and monitoring and evaluation processes will be designed through technical assistance provision; 4) improve enforcement of court decisions, aiming at strengthening the Enforcement Service capacity, the professional development of its staff, and, includes automation services; 5) develop a comprehensive strategy for information dissemination, and improve access to legal information by courts, through technical assistance, and the establishment of an electronic database; and, 6) develop public awareness, and education campaigns, through public relations strategies for the judiciary, and adequate training to journalists in legal issues. Judicial surveys will be conducted at preparation, to seek the current public awareness towards legal institutions in the country.

Duration: from 14 September 2000 to 31 December 2004
Funded by: The World Bank
Budget: $ 11,4 Mill.

Support for the Restructuring of the Supreme Audit Institution
Themes: Supreme Audit Institutions
Countries: Armenia
For more info, contact: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Yerevan, Armenia

This UNDP funded project aimed to strengthen the checks and balances system of the Armenian government and contribute to transparency and accountability of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary branches of power established under the Constitution of independent Armenia.
Duration: from 01 September 1996 to 30 June 2000
Funded by: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Budget: $243,000

Preparation of Draft Procurement Legislation
Themes: Procurement
Countries: Armenia
For more info, contact: World Bank - Yerevan, Armenia


Duration: from 12 April 1994 to 12 April 1997
Funded by: The World Bank
Budget: $ 100,000

Development of an Anti-Corruption Strategy
Themes: National Anti-Corruption Programmes
Countries: Armenia
For more info, contact: World Bank - Yerevan, Armenia


Duration: from 05 February 2001 to 07 May 2003
Funded by: The World Bank
Budget: $ 300,000

Support to the National Anti-Corruption Programme
Themes: National Anti-Corruption Programmes
Countries: Georgia
For more info, contact: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Tbilissi, Georgia

This UNDP funded project aimed at establishing and supporting the Anti-Corruption Promotion Group - a temporary NGO, which conducted an in-depth study of the problem of corruption in the country, propose legislative and administrative measures to combat and limit corruption in the country and facilitate informational support to the anti-corruption policy.
Duration: from 01 October 1997 to 30 September 2000
Funded by: United Nations Development Programme
Budget: $ 500,000

The United Nations' Development Programme and its Involvement in the Fight Against Corruption
Themes: Rule of Law, Regional Initiatives, Judicial Reform, Procurement
Countries: International
URL: http://www.undp.org
For more info, contact: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - New York, International

This document provides an outline about the United Nations' Development Programme's involvement in the Fight Against Corruption. It sets out UNDP's priorities for different countries, amongst which for those of the ACN region.
Funded by: United Nation Development Programme

Island of Integrity Project
Themes: Corporate Governance, Business, Business Ethics
Countries: Russian Federation
URL: http://www.ethicsrussia.org
For more info, contact: Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

The Island of Integrity project - funded by the Open Society Institute - was initiated by the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance (“CBE”) with the primary goal of creating a foundation for rules of competition, which favour ethical business conduct in the St. Petersburg construction industry. This initiative was inspired by the Declaration of Integrity in Business Conduct (“Declaration”)—in 1998, Sovereign Ventures, Inc. led a group of St. Petersburg businesses to create and sign the Declaration, under which companies pledge to refrain from bribery and implement corporate codes of ethics.
Duration: from 01 February 2001 to 31 July 2001
Funded by: The Open Society Institute

Technical legal assistance
For more info, contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - Yerevan, Armenia

The EBRD will support legislative measures that are intended to encourage and facilitate the creation of an improved legal environment for the conduct of commercial transactions, especially facilitating foreign direct investment.

EBRD-managed technical assistance currently addresses the regulatory strengthening of the telecoms sector by advising on the creation of an independent regulatory body. Further assistance will address the institutional strengthening of local banks. Advice is also being provided to the Government on energy sector restructuring issues while specific advisory work is being conducted on the privatisation and conservation techniques of the Hrazdan gas company.

Judicial Reform Project
For more info, contact: World Bank - Yerevan, Armenia

The Judicial Reform Project in Armenia, will assist in the development of an independent, accessible, and efficient judiciary, essential to governance, the rule of law, and an investment climate. The components will: 1) develop judiciary self governing bodies, namely, the Council of Court Chairmen, and its administrative office, and, establish a modern court administration system, through the design, and implementation of new case management models, including automation of courts. Improved legislative framework will be enhanced through advisory services, and study tours; 2) ensure the rehabilitation of court facilities, enhance security, and improve access to the courts. Construction, and rehabilitation of court buildings, include design, engineering, and supervision costs, as well as equipment, and furniture supply; 3) provide assistance to the Judicial Training Center, in coordination with other donors, in particular, the European Union. Training techniques, and curricula will be developed, and monitoring and evaluation processes will be designed through technical assistance provision; 4) improve enforcement of court decisions, aiming at strengthening the Enforcement Service capacity, the professional development of its staff, and, includes automation services; 5) develop a comprehensive strategy for information dissemination, and improve access to legal information by courts, through technical assistance, and the establishment of an electronic database; and, 6) develop public awareness, and education campaigns, through public relations strategies for the judiciary, and adequate training to journalists in legal issues. Judicial surveys will be conducted at preparation, to seek the current public awareness towards legal institutions in the country.

Implementing Agency: Ministry of Justice and Council of Court
Duration: 2000-2004

Budget: USD 11.4mio.

Review of Election Legislation
For more info, contact: Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) - Yerevan, Armenia

The aim of the project is to improve the Electoral Code adopted in 1999 in line with recommendations made by the OSCE ODIHR and Council of Europe. On 9 February 200, the Office organized an Expert Roundtable on Amendments to Electoral Code in Yerevan, during which concrete issues were discussed. Based on recommendations and comments made during the event a draft law on amendments to Electoral Code will be prepared and submitted for hearing in the Parliament.

Duration: 1999-2001 (current)

Media Affairs
For more info, contact: Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) - Yerevan, Armenia

The OSCE Office in Yerevan has been involved in the following activities aimed at promoting freedom of the media in Armenia:

Monitoring: At the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office took part in an exercise aimed at monitoring the coverage of international issues in the Armenian media. The findings were presented at a two-day seminar sponsored by the Council of Europe.

Training: Together with the European Union, the Office co-funded a visit of Armenian journalists to Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris to study European institutions. The Office also instituted an annual award in recognition of the Best Journalist of the Year.

Regional co-operation: The Office is supporting the establishment of the International Independent Association of Journalists "South Caucasus". The association will concentrate on promoting regional integration through free movement of journalists from one state of the region to another, synchronization of democratic processes and formation of civil society in the region's states, protection of journalists' social and legal rights, their creative growth, and strengthening their professional solidarity.

Media law: In co-operation with the Council of Europe, the Yerevan Press Club and Internews Armenia, the Office organized a two-day seminar on "European Standards on Media Regulation" on 11 and 12 January, aimed at suggesting improvements and changes to the recently adopted Law on Television and Radio Broadcasting.

 
     
 
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