I WATCH/ Ena Yakedh
|Type:||NGO working on Crime|
|Address:||108 Residences Les Oliviers
Cite Hedi Nouira Borj Louzir
|Region:||Middle East and Northern Africa|
|UN Languages:||English, Arabic|
||I WATCH is a Tunisian independent non-profit watchdog organization aiming at pointing out corruption and enhancing transparency. The NGO attempts to use all different assets in fighting against corruption, like technology to help whistle blowers speak up and report on corruption.
On its website will be available soon an application through which all whistle blowers can report using their mobile phones, emails and/or Facebook to report in real time about corruption. This will give to I WATCH team the possibility of a prompt intervention. The NGO treats social media as one of the most efficient tools to disseminate the word. Promotional videos about the NGO activities are released to raise people’s awareness and participation.
I WATCH also adopted a peculiar approach to deal with corruption by Marshall efforts of social classes and different age categories to fight against it: I WATCH members give ethical trainings to school kids, and also work closely with boy scouts training their young kids about how to grow up “clean” and how important is not to pay bribery or misuse power. By working with young kids and highlighting the drawbacks of corruption since an early age I WATCH envisages to have in one or two generations a less corrupt society. For the time being the organization is also working on mentoring the elections by having and training more than 173 observers around the country.
At a private sector level is raised the importance of having an internal compliance system, sharing with its members the experience of companies like SIEMENS or NIKE which had realized a more sustainable business after establishing a whole department for compliance.
I WATCH is leaning on the public sector in order to achieve transparent criteria for procurement by inviting all the members to round tables and putting them in touch with expert from all over the word explaining the negative impact of the lack of transparency on the economy.
The NGO biggest challenge now regards the difference between corruption and cultural habits. Tunisians tend to think that nepotism, for instance, is a way to enforce the family ties. They further confuse bribery with social aid and donations. That is why next month a programme called “called with its name” will start with the aim of better explain the difference between the above two concepts.