Select Committee on International Development Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 1

Model project ideas

  This section gives model project ideas suitable for implementation by the British Council overseas in the field of corruption.

Developing anti-corruption policies and strategies

  Where corruption is recognised as an important issue but national or organisational policies to tackle it have not been developed the Council can work with local organisations to develop awareness and help bring them into being. This can be done by developing a series of seminars or workshops involving key people and organisations. Seminars can be supported by study tours to Britain for representatives of important organisations, by sponsoring training for key individuals and by proactive, targeted information work. Seminars can bring together representatives of government, business, civil society and the media to review relevant experience, to plan an anti-corruption strategy and to discuss how and what resources will be needed to implement it. Products from such seminars can include reports and documents which contribute to national or organisation policy debate.

Raising awareness of corruption through work with civil society organisations

  Examples of this type of project are the Access to Laws projects in Eastern Europe and East Asia. In Eastern Europe the USAID funded Central and Eastern European Law Initiative has through its 'street law' project, produced and distributed to citizens easy to read pamphlets explaining what legal powers the police have, what there are allowed to do, what the citizen's rights are under the constitution, and what remedies they can take. In Papua New Guinea AUSAID has funded the production and distribution of relevant laws dealing with land rights, with explanations of how they affect ordinary citizens in terms of rights and responsibilities. The Council has its own experience of working with civil society organisations to help them to build capacity and raise awareness of key issues. It can work through providing access to expertise to work on awareness raising through such things as staff development and the production of information material.

Working with the media

  Training of journalists is an important capacity building measure. In the Philippines the Centre for Investigative Journalism has established programmes to train journalists in investigative techniques, information analysis and corruption issues. The Centre operates an email listserv. network which connects everyone who has been trained by the Centre and operates as an exchange point for advice and information. The Council has dealt with journalism training over many years whether in Britain or in-country. It is possible to orient training towards anti-corruption issues and to consider ways of giving support to working journalists through information and networking support.

  Radio is an important source of information in many countries. The Council can work with radio journalists and producers to help them to develop informational programmes focusing on corruption issues and helping to ensure that citizens are aware of key legislation and rights. This can sometimes be done through radio dramas.

Professional development and skills training

  There are many aspects of corruption but certain key skills are important in anti-corruption work. These include auditing, financial management, administrative and management skills in general. There are many ways in which the Council can contribute to professional development and skills training. They include:

    —  information support work to local professional bodies;

    —  support to in-country professional development programmes of professional bodies focusing on anti-corruption issues;

    —  supporting professional bodies to review and develop their core competence training to cover specific anti-corruption topics; and

    —  providing local facilities to support study for and take examinations of appropriate British based professional qualifications where there is demand and where local qualifications are weak or insufficiently focused on anti-corruption issues.

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