Partnership Against Corruption
Hotel Continental, Belgrade
15 November 2010
The experience of designing and implementing anti corruption policies, legislation and mechanisms
in various countries of South-Eastern Europe during recent year has demonstrated the necessity of
developing an holistic approach to the fight against corruption that would involve state and non state
actors in a joint effort. Several active NGOs in the region, mostly gathered under the TI network, are
playing a key role in promoting the fight against corruption through awareness raising, denouncing
corrupted practices, performing studies and analysis, informing the citizens and allowing a forum of
discussion and providing concrete instruments for improving the capacity of the civil society to
monitor the operate of the public administration at the various levels.
The Regional conference “Partnership against corruption” jointly organized by UNDP Serbia, UNDP
Bratislava Regional Centre, Transparency International Secretariat and Transparency Serbia, will
gather representatives of NGOs from the Eastern Europe and the CIS region as well as local NGOs to
discuss and share knowledge and experiences on the issue of participation of the NGOs and of the
broader civil society to the fight against corruption. The conference aims at identifying best practices
and promoting innovative approaches for anti corruption and at reinforcing the network of anti
corruption NGOs in South Eastern Europe and beyond.
The conference will focus on the following topics:
1. Cooperation of NGOs with independent institutions (good practice and limitation/control of
work of independent institutions). Independent institutions like Specialized Anti Corruption
Agencies, Ombudsman and the other oversight mechanisms like Commissions for Conflict of
Interests have been introduced during recent years in the countries of the region as a
response to pervasive corruption with a view to enhancing the capacity of the public
administration of preventing corruption and improving transparency and accountability.
NGOs can play a fundamental role for the functioning of these institutions providing
information and support in several areas, but also carrying out a control and oversight
function necessary to reinforce accountability, responsiveness and transparency of the
institutions. To this aim, NGOs have to be equipped with the necessary capacity and
instruments; they also have to be aware of the limits and difficulties of these agencies in
order to establish a fruitful and effective cooperation.
2. Media and corruption (discovering and presenting corruption cases and corruption in media).
Various types of Media can be a fundamental tool in promoting a culture of anti corruption
and denouncing corrupted practices of public officials. Media on the other hand can be
manipulated for political purposes, and the media coverage of indictments for corruption can
results in defamation, invasion of privacy and damage to the reputation of public figures and
officials. Journalist and media operators need the capacity to cover corruption in an effective
and fair way being aware of the danger represented by manipulation and false corruption
allegations. NGOs are a natural partner of the media in the fight against corruption, the
Conference will reflect on the various ways in which media and NGOs can unite forces in
order to enhance public oversight and accountability of the public administration.
3. Role of social media (how it can be leveraged for involving citizens and civil society in the
fight against corruption).
During recent years the phenomenon of social media has become a defining element in
promoting discussion and sharing of information on politics, governance, democracy,
governments’ and local authorities’ activities. Social media are diffused all over the world
and are utilized by various actors, governmental and non, to influence policies, streamline
public services or raise awareness on problems and issues concerning public services’
activities. Additionally social media are being used proactively by NGOs and citizens for
denouncing corrupted behaviors and maladministration. Nonetheless the phenomenon of
social media and its utilization in the described areas can be considered still in a preliminary
stage; the implications from the societal, cultural and political perspectives have still to be
analyzed in details. The Conference will discuss the way in which NGOs can utilize various
social media tools for promoting the fight against corruption. Examples of successful
utilization of the tools will be presented highlighting the potentiality, but also the dangers
and downsides of this new technology.
In each of the three sessions international experts and practitioners will present their views and
personal experiences, space will be then given to facilitated discussion. Around 120 participants,
mostly from Eastern Europe, including practitioners, NGOs, activists and international experts are
expected to participate to the Conference.