• Civil Society Fighting Corruption in Procurement

    Fighting corruption and waste in procurement requires not only capable procurement professionals, but also a strong civil society to monitor suspicious activity and engage authorities. Partnership for Transparency (PTF) teamed up with the International Anti-Corruption Academy to discuss how civil society can contribute to the fight against corruption in procurement. Listen to PTF Advisers; Sabine Engelhard, Lars Jeurling and Donal O'Leary; in an interview with Professor Christopher Yukins of George Washington Law School, Programme Director of Procurement Anticorruption Training. You may also like Civil Society Fighting Corruption in Procurement Procurement Training by PTF-India and Management Development Institute New Programs in 2017 Chile’s National e-Procurement Platform Hosts PTF Advisors Program to Strengthen Ukrainian Civil Society’s Role in Monitoring Public Procurement Launches on 24 January in Kyiv E-Procurement Monitoring in Ukraine Citizen Action for Accountability in Education Procurement Training on Preventing Corruption in Public Procurement and Judicial System Transparent Public Procurement in Serbia Sangguniang Kabataan Watch Exit Plan


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  • PTF partners with the Cyprus Integrity Forum

    Washington D.C., June 28, 2018 – Partnership for Transparency and the Cyprus Integrity Forum signed a memorandum of understanding on June 26, 2018 for cooperation aimed at fighting corruption and…


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  • 2017 Annual Report Released

    We are excited to release our 2017 Annual Report showing how Partnership for Transparency (PTF) has created and sustained impact throughout 2017, building on now 17 years of…


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  • PTF joins TAP Network 2030 as a Partner

    Partnership for Transparency is pleased to announce it has joined the TAP Network 2030 as a partner organization. The Transparency Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network 2030 is  broad network…


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  • i-PANTAWID Project Workshop Underscores Salience of Social Accountability in 4Ps

    BAGUIO CITY, April 27, 2018, Project i-Pantawid partners and stakeholders shared and discussed case stories of how citizens and government engaged each other that resulted in improved health and education service delivery, reduced benefit gaps, empowered Parent Leaders, and more responsive government.  The project final workshop highlighted the importance and urgency of Social Accountability in implementing social protection programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The project, Guarding the Integrity of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program in the Philippines (Project i-Pantawid), held the final workshop at Golden Pine Hotel in Baguio City on April 26-27, 2018. An exposition of Social Accountability case stories illustrated how the practise of Social Accountability has prompted change in the lives of 4Ps beneficiaries, and ultimately, the larger community.   Parent Leaders Facilitate Change The main platform for introducing and practicing Social Accountability was the Enhanced Family Development Sessions (eFDS).  Parent Leaders (PLs) are 4Ps beneficiaries as well, chosen to assist in implementing the program.  Under Project i-Pantawid, PLs were trained to cascade lessons – mostly active citizenship lessons - to their respective groups; and to lead their groups in engaging with government, to claim their rights, and to actively participate in community affairs. Stories were told of PLs overcoming their confidence gaps – from being timid and uninvolved due to their low socio-economic status – to empowered community leaders.    Accounts of PLs’ leadership were shown in their implementing and monitoring group projects such as communal vegetable gardens, barangay budget monitoring, feeding programs for malnourished children, and concluding social contracts with their municipal governments. At the close of the 2-day workshop, exemplary PLs were given a Certificate of Award, recognizing their performances as facilitators of eFDS modules and initiating changes in their communities. The Global Partnership for Social Accountability-World Bank (GPSA-WB) provided resources for the Project i-Pantawid that was implemented by local CSO partners and the consortium of Project i-Pantawid partners comprising ed of the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG),  Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), RECITE, and Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP).  CCAGG is the lead NGO and hosts the project management office at 2ND Floor, DZPA Building, Rizal cor. Zamora Streets, Bangued, Abra. i-Pantawid Partners


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  • PTF Asia awarded grant for Grassroots Governance Program in Philippines

    PTF Asia (PTFA) is delighted to report that the Board of LifeBank Foundation Inc. (LBF) has now approved a proposal for the replication of the LBF Grassroots Governance Program with…


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  • Procurement Training by PTF-India and Management Development Institute

    Partners For Transparency Foundation India (PTF India) with the support of Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon organized a three-day residential program, titled,” Making Procurement Transparent and Efficient: Global Best Practices…


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  • World Health Day: Social Accountability Improving Healthcare

    On this World Health Day, Partnership for Transparency (PTF) reflects on how social accountability and citizen engagement can improve health services. Giving citizens a voice can help ensure that programs…


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  • Civic leadership training, Citizen Engagement and Government Responsiveness: experimental evidence from the Philippines

    A MIT study published January 2018 finds that citizen engagement training and support for parent leaders (community facilitators) in the i-Pantawid project led to economic and political empowerment of communities and increased local government responsiveness. The i-Pantawid project is funded by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability and is being implemented by Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG) with support of Partnership for Transparency (PTF). CCAGG and PTF provided support for this research. The formation of parent leaders from among CCT beneficiaries is a unique feature of the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer Program monitored in the i-Pantawid project - transforming parents from being simply the conduit of information between the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the beneficiaries to being practitioners of social accountability and becoming facilitators for change in the community. Parent leaders are able to mobilize their fellow grantees to active citizenship and to demand action from local authorities. What then is the impact of this intervention on Parent Leaders, CCT beneficiaries, local authorities, and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)? The MIT Study provided the evidence of impact attesting to one major success of Project i-Pantawid. PTF was instrumental in having the MIT/GOVLAB undertake the study and contributed to the development of research design and initial implementation. This was acknowledged by the MIT/GOVLAB team during presentation of research results to the Project Management Committee and its implementing local civil society organization partners. The research yielded several initial lessons Civic leadership training for parent leaders increased their political participation and engagement. Researchers tested the impact of civic leadership training on 12 outcomes that measure political engagement. For 11 out of the 12 outcome measures, the treatment and control groups showed a difference in the expected direction. The consistent pattern across so many outcomes provides suggestive evidence that the training increased political engagement among parent leaders. There were changes in government responsiveness. While there was little difference in citizens’ perceptions of government responsiveness to their complaints and concerns, local government officials in the communities where parent leaders were trained complied at higher rates with government transparency regulations. There was no evidence of parent leaders being co-opted. In fact, reported rates of co-option, measured with a series of questions about election-related engagement and personal assistance received from officials, were lower on average in the municipalities where parent leaders had been trained. Cross-posted from the Making All Voices Count page for the publication and the MIT Gov/Lab page. Partners This research was undertaken by MIT Gov/Lab authors, Lily L. Tsai,  Nina McMurry,  Swetha Rajeswaran, with the support, guidance, and hard work of Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG) and Responsible Citizens, Empowered Communities in Solidarity for Social Change (RECITE, Inc.), and the Partnership for Transparency (PTF),with special thanks to Pura Sumangil for her leadership and to Ester Alkonga and Bing van Tooren for their intellectual contributions and unflagging enthusiasm. Read more about the program this research covers at i-Pantawid: Guarding the Integrity of the Conditional Cash Transfers. Download the Report


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  • Can We Make Anti-Corruption Sustainable?

    Sustaining Anti-Corruption Reforms: “More Information, More Integrity, Less Impunity, and Less Indifference,” says Transparency International Leader Delia Ferreira RubioThe Center for International Private Enterprise and Partnership for Transparency jointly hosted a public forum on December 8, 2017 in Washington DC on “Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Anti-Corruption Reform.” The keynote speaker, Dr. Delia Ferreira Rubio from Argentina, made her first public speech in the United States since her election as Chair of the Board of Directors of Transparency International (TI). The TI leader led the discussion by highlighting key trends and challenges in anti-corruption across the globe, and then featuring some of the vital responses to these challenges. Dr. Ferreira Rubio made the following points on the important trends across the world on the landscape of corruption today; Despite many anti-corruption actions, the overall scale of corruption across the globe does not appear to have diminished in recent years; We are seeing ‘grand corruption’ by both leading politicians and public officials, as well as by major corporations, which is promoting state capture – and here we are seeing rising involvement of organized crime; There is unprecedented new energy in citizen engagement and public protest against corruption in rising numbers of countries from Ukraine to Honduras and Brazil and Guatemala – and we need to ensure that civil society can continue to promote this trend in fighting corruption; Judges, who often have been willing to overlook corruption, or in effect side with those who are charged with corruption, are increasingly now turning against impunity – we see more champions like this and we need to find ways to ensure that their actions lead to systemic change in anti-corruption approaches by the judiciary; Corruption is like ‘tango’ – it takes two to dance and just as efforts against public sector impunity are rising, so too is there increasing attention by many businesses in support of compliance with anti-corruption laws; Campaign finance is at the core of so many different corruption issues and activities, but now we are increasingly seeing the participation of organized crime in this area and we may well need new approaches and new tools to confront this dangerous phenomenon. The successes of anti-corruption campaigns are now promoting pushback to a rising degree – it is like a game of chess where just as one side is winning, so the other side retaliates - people found guilty in the courts are being pardoned, efforts to curb the freedom of civil society are mounting, actions to undermine anti-corruption commissions are gaining ground. If anti-corruption reforms are to be sustainable, then a wide range of actions are essential, including: We must find ways to guarantee the real independence of judges and anti-corruption agencies – they must be well funded and they must have meaningful authority to act against all forms of corruption by all public and private sector people. We need to ensure that our anti-corruption actions are clearly focused on the greatest challenges and most important priorities. We should seek to find ways to channel public protests into meaningful paths – we must channel this powerful energy – so that people can enjoy meaningful rights to public information, full whistle-blower protections, and the adoption of new forms of technology to increase transparency and accountability. To make progress in this regard we must show citizens that their protests and their engagement leads to results that improves their lives and that their participation in protests creates real benefits. There has to be still greater efforts to ensure that integrity is far more widely and fully accepted as a core value by public and private sector leaders and there must be transparency approaches that demonstrate this – integrity in this context means such things as clear application of conflicts of interest standards, ending revolving doors between business and government, and other measures. If we look longer-term, then sustainable anti-corruption reforms will depend on basic education – nothing less than strengthening education systems in many countries so that young people have a far clearer sense of what is right and what is wrong. Transparency International’s chair concluded by stressing that, “If we are to rise to the challenge of making anti-corruption reforms sustainable, then we need more information, more integrity, less impunity, and less indifference.” Written by Frank Vogl, a co-founder of Transparency International and the Partnership for Transparency. CIPE has provided a video stream of the full event. Keep an eye out here for upcoming Anti-Corruption Forum News. Webcast Partners     Agenda Welcoming Remarks Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Deputy Director of Programs at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Introduction Frank Vogl, Co-founder of Partnership for Transparency and Transparency International Panel Discussion Dr. Ferriera Rubio, Chair of the International Board of Directors, Transparency International Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Democracy Studies, Hertie School of Governance Andrew Wilson, Managing Director, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) (discussion moderator) Frank Brown, Value Chain/Anti-Corruption Program Team Leader (CIPE) Speaker Bios: Abdulwahab Alkebsi is the Deputy Director for Programs at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Alkebsi oversees more than 120 programs in over 55 countries and supervises a staff across nine countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Ukraine, and at CIPE’s head office in Washington, DC. In his role at CIPE, Alkebsi oversees democracy and market-reform initiatives that combat corruption, build the capacity of business associations to represent private sector voices, strengthen entrepreneurship skills and ecosystems, empower women, organize the informal sector and strengthen property rights, enable access to information, and improve corporate and democratic governance. Prior to joining CIPE, Alkebsi served as the Director of the Middle East and North Africa division at the NED, and prior to that, Alkebsi served as Executive Director at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), a non-profit think tank, based in Washington, DC, dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse. Frank Vogl is the co-founder of two leading international non-governmental organizations fighting corruption -- Transparency International and the Partnership for Transparency Fund. He teaches at Georgetown University, writes regular "blog" articles on corruption for theGlobalist.org and lectures extensively. Frank is also a specialist in international economics and finance with more than 45 years of experience in these fields - first as an international journalist, then as a senior World Bank official and, since 1990, as the president and CEO of a consulting firm, Vogl Communications Inc. Learn more about Frank Vogl on his website. Dr. Delia Matilde Ferreira Rubio, before being elected chair of Transparency International's International Board of Directors, was the former president of Poder Ciudadano, Transparency International's chapter in Argentina. She has served as chief advisor for several representatives and senators at the Argentine National Congress and has advised the Constitutional Committee of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the National Accounting Office. Currently she works as an independent consultant, and has consulted on anti-corruption related issues with international organizations and NGOs, mainly in Latin America. She has a Ph.D. in law from Madrid’s Complutense University and is the author of numerous publications on democratic culture and political institutions, comparative politics, and public and parliamentary ethics. Dr. Ferreira Rubio was elected to TI’s board in 2008 and 2011 and then again as chair in 2017. Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Her research centers on anti-corruption policy and good governance. Mungiu-Pippidi chairs the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) where she managed the FP7 research project ANTICORRP, and currently the Horizon 2020 project DIGIWHIST. Her governance work is cited and applied by a string of development organizations, by some EU governments and the European Commission. Mungiu-Pippidi has received the Harvard University Shorenstein Fellowship, an Open Society Institute Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship and the Jean Monnet Fellowship of the European University Institute. She is President of the Romanian Academic Society (SAR) and founder of the social media watchdog platform Clean Romania! (romaniacurata.ro). She studied political science at Harvard University after completing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 1995 at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi in Romania.  Andrew Wilson is the Managing Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, DC. Prior to assuming the role as head of the organization, Wilson was Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Programs, where he oversaw staff efforts to develop and implement program strategies, coordinate internal proposal development, monitor knowledge management activities, and manage relationships with donors. Previously, he was the Regional Director for Europe, Eurasia, and South Asia at CIPE, where he directed grant and technical assistance programs to the aforementioned regions and coordinated CIPE’s corporate governance efforts across the globe. Working with CIPE he has extensive experience in dealing with private sector development issues in conflict and post-conflict settings, crafting successful business strategies to reduce corruption, encouraging entrepreneurship development, strengthening business advocacy, and the promotion of economic reform. He is currently a co-chair of the Private Sector Council at the Open Government Partnership (OGP).


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