PTF activities in East Asia continue to be concentrated in a limited number of countries: the Philippines, Mongolia and Indonesia. Funding activities in a larger number of countries in the region are constrained by peculiar country-specific conditions requiring a greater degree of PTF’s local presence.
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However, targeting only a few countries has allowed PTF to observe the merits of developing a critical mass of civil society organizations in close proximity. This enables us to field-test eligibility criteria such as: (1) limited project duration, usually about 12 months, (2) addressing a specific instance of corruption, rather than awareness raising or research, (3) positive engagement with a public agency that is the object of scrutiny.
PTF activities in the Philippines have had a strong focus on public procurement and public service delivery, with an emphasis on projects that can be scaled up. In Mongolia lessons learned through a series of projects intended to prevent and curb corruption in the Mongolian judicial system, where careful consensus building, rather than confrontation led to positive and sustained results. In 2009 PTF approved its first grant in Indonesia. This was a learning experience in a dynamic country that offers large opportunities for anti-corruption work. PTF experience has highlighted the importance of having a local partner; something that will greatly improve citizen led anti-corruption activities in Indonesia where language barriers appear to be the largest impediments.
Regional Coordinator: Khalid Siraj
Philippines Country Coordinator: Geert van der Linden