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UNODC supports civil society's fight against corruption

Jakarta (Indonesia), 14 October 2010
- UNODC and the Partnership for Governance Reform, a multi-stakeholder association working towards "a fair, democratic and prosperous Indonesia built on sustainable good governance principles and practices", are supporting 15 civil society organizations to lead the fight against corruption across Indonesia.

Through this initiative, which is part of an anti-corruption project funded by the Norwegian Government, each civil society organization will receive a grant of up to US$ 30,000 for one year's work.

In order to select deserving organizations, a call for proposals was made, prompting over 120 entities to apply. The proposals looked at the relationship between corruption and the environment, the public sector and education, and included campaigns for raising awareness of the new national strategy to eradicate corruption.

A panel consisting of representatives from the Partnership for Governance Reform, the Corruption Eradication Commission of Indonesia, the media, academia and UNODC selected the successful civil society organization eligible for the grants. The selected organizations come from all across the Indonesian archipelago, including Java, Kalimantan, Papua, Sulawesi and Sumatra.

From 22 to 23 September, the Partnership for Governance Reform organized an orientation and training session for the 15 selected civil society organizations in Semarang. During the training, Ajit Joy, UNODC Country Manager for Indonesia, described this effort as "a great opportunity for UNODC to support the leaders of Indonesia's fight against corruption in the provinces." He said: "This training offers a unique chance for selected civil society organizations to network among themselves and join hands with the United Nations."

The training gave representatives the chance to revise their submitted proposals to ensure that the objectives they had set for themselves could be achieved within the given time frame. In addition, financial monitoring software was installed onto each representative's computer, a step aimed at sustaining accountability throughout the project cycle.

A participant from the Advocacy Center for the People's Right to Education was excited about the possibilities open to his organization: "Grass-roots civil society organizations rarely receive grants for capacity-building and it is unusual to have the freedom to design the activities that will be most suitable for the project". In his opinion, "if more organizations such as UNODC would support civil society in its fight against corruption, this would be a step in the right direction".