‘Coalitions’ reflects TI-Nepal’s collaborative approach of working with varied stakeholders in order to construct a coalition against corruption and pursue best practices of like-minded institutions. This approach has created an enabling environment where partnerships with various stakeholders have been strengthened. Several joint programs were organized with affiliated organizations in districts while keeping the strategic direction of coalitions and collaborations in mind. Audiences and participants came from different networks and fields. The diversity of attendance ensured that TI-Nepal continuously ensured better coalitions and collaborations with a wider net of stakeholders.
In order to build a nation-wide network against corruption, TI-Nepal has maintained working partnerships with 25 Affiliated Organizations, from Darchula in the far west, to Ilam in the east. These partnerships cover 14 zones, 5 development regions and 24 districts of Nepal. These diverse civil society organizations help increase TI-Nepal’s reach and impact on a national scale, and effectively promote an anti-corruption message at the district level. Partner organizations conduct interactive workshops on a regular basis with relevant stakeholders from government officials, civil society, youth, women and other groups in their respective districts. In addition, they have built a strong relationship with the media to create a greater message against corruption. This has helped in the sensitization of local civil society to network against corruption, has added resources and capacity, and thus created an environment of greater activism.
EC IN 22 DISTRICTS
To spread TI-Nepal’s anti-corruption movement on a national scale, TIN officials visited 22 districts during the year. The districts included: Kailali, Surkhet, Banke, Dang, Rupandehi, Kaski, Chitwan, Gulmi, Baglung, Kaski, Dhading, Bhaktapur, Citwan, Parsa, Dolakha, Sindhuli, Rautahat, Udaypur, Janakpur, Morang, Sunsari and Illam. President Bharat Bahadur Thapa, Secretary General Mukunda Bahadur Pradhan, Treasurer Padmini Pradhananga, Board members Anand Raj Mulmi, Ram Krishna Manandhar, Lila Prashad Sapkota, Dr. Chitamani Yogi, Former Presidents Bishnu Bahadur K.C. and Dr. Devendra Raj Panday, along with the secretariat staff, traveled regularly to the districts to expand TIN outreach during different occasions.
The visits were designed by TI-Nepal and hosted by district based AOs. All visits were in relation to attending district level programs hosted by TIN affiliates under the ALACDP, BNIN or PEC programs. In most events, top level government representatives, including Regional Administrators, CDOs and eminent local stakeholders, were present recognizing TI-Nepal’s brand name and uplifting the stature of such events. The programs were organized to provide fuel to the movement, make TI-Nepal’s presence felt at the local level and initiate a multi stakeholder interest to spread the governance discourse outside Kathmandu. The visit enabled TI-Nepal to assess the attitude and impact of TI-Nepal’s program, the possibility of growth and expansion of the anti corruption movement, and most importantly, to deliver a strong message against corruption on a national scale.
REGIONAL CONFERENCES ON INTEGRITY
TI-Nepal organized 4 regional conferences targeting the Central, Eastern, Western, and Mid and Far Western regions of Nepal in Rautahat, Rupandehi, Banke and Siraha districts respectively. Partners of TI Nepal’s BNIN program co-hosted the conferences during November 2014 to July 2015. Representatives from districts within the regions and local stakeholders participated. Each regional conference had 60-80 participants in attendance. National level issues on integrity, ethics, and good governance, and regional/local corruption problems were discussed through two separate papers presented by experts. Good Governance Act was also made an agenda of the regional conferences. Held among regional representatives and district based stakeholders, including CIAA and government representatives, the events sensitized the district as a whole. It was perceived by the media as one of those events which brought together different local stakeholders in places that do not necessarily get much attention for such deliberations. Representatives of the government as well as civil society organizations reiterated their full support to the initiatives carried out by TI-Nepal. These regional meetings have helped to fuel the anti-corruption agenda in far flung places and enhance the access of TI-Nepal’s local partners.
INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY
Every year, 9th of December is celebrated globally as anti-corruption day. To mark the day, TI Nepal organized a joint program with two important national stakeholders, the Government of Nepal and the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). A message addressing politicians, parliamentarians, government, judiciary, civil society, media and the CIAA was made public by TI-Nepal. Chief Commissioner of the CIAA, Chief Secretary of the Government of Nepal and TI-Nepal’s President emphasized the need for joint collaboration to fight corruption effectively. TI-Nepal was also invited to an event hosted by the Prime Minister on the same day. In addition, the affiliated organizations conducted programs at their respective districts by organizing interactive workshops, essay competitions, rallies etc. The events helped to network and spread a strong anti corruption message throughout the country.
With the collaborative stance to promote national integrity, TI-Nepal under ALAC program and in partnership with district based affiliated organizations, organized workshops in Chitwan and Pokhara highlighting the role of women, youth and journalists to promote good governance. During the training workshops held during May 2015, experts on media and journalism laid major emphasis on the RTI and Good Governance Acts, and the roles journalists can play to promote good governance in the country. The gatherings helped to sensitized local journalists, women and youth on the importance of networking.
An interaction program was organized on June 30, 2015 in Chitwan, to assess the effectiveness of the interventions carried out by the 15 affiliated organizations associated with the ALACDP program. TI-Nepal’s Board, secretariat, AO representatives and external evaluator were in attendance. Representatives of the AOs shared their perspectives on the public grievances that were collected at the district level. Progress on integrity pledges made by the government offices, media partnerships, engagements with community, and advocacy initiatives with district-based government offices was also reviewed. An external evaluation observed that TI-Nepal’s partnership with the Affiliated Organizations had a positive impact at the district level. Public grievances had been addressed effectively and some targeted government institutions after signing of the Development Pact had shown improvement in the quality of service delivery.
INTEGRITY INCEPTION AT DISTRICTS
TI-Nepal in partnership with its district based partners, carried out BNIN inception interactions throughout the 9 program districts. The purpose was to make stakeholders aware about the integrity orientated interventions being planned in the districts. During such programs, prominent government officials such as the CDO, Office Chiefs, LDOs presented an overview of corruption related issues in their respective districts. In the presence of TI-Nepal officials, representatives from several civil society organizations, advocates, media person etc., actively participated in the program. The interactions were followed up with help desks and public hearings at government offices in selected districts. Both events were aimed at facilitating and making public service more accountable. Similarly, orientations were also provided to VDC Secretaries in many districts to make their work more process-oriented and transparent. The programs helped to build networks for possible collaboration and also raised awareness on integrity at the district level.