‘Promoting Values’ reflects TI-Nepal’s belief that citizens with strong ethical and moral values are central to the establishment of a transparent, accountable and non-corrupt society. TI-Nepal seeks to promote ethical values in public life by introducing programs to inculcate ethical and moral values in individuals and institutions. The targeted institutions are schools, colleges, civil society groups, professional organizations, and government agencies. Recognizing that corruption is a major issue in business, as it reduces competitiveness, TI-Nepal initiated discussions with the business community to promote integrity in the private sector. An environment that promotes positive values in the culture is an important step to integrate transparency into all Nepali communities.
INTEGRITY IN BUSINESS
TI-Nepal under its PEC program has been undertaking activities to promote ethical business practices in the country. Since the launch of the program, four regional level workshops have been organized in Nepalgunj, Biratnagar, Pokhara and Hetauda, during March-June 2015. The interactive workshops involving business personnel, government officials and civil society representatives were organized, primarily geared towards understanding ethical business problems. Identifying the issues and obstacles on ethical business practices in Nepal was the main theme of the two papers presented by TI- Nepal in each regional workshop. The local Chambers of Commerce and Industry hosted the program and invited participants from districts within the region. Each regional gathering had the presence of 50-70 persons representing business and local stakeholders. In addition, to the regional workshops, a sectoral discussion session was held with the Federation of Small and Cottage Industries on September 28, 2015 on similar issues. Collaborative programs between businesses and the civil society help to incorporate TI- Nepal’s values on integrity and transparency on multiple platforms.
SOLIDARITY WITH DR. GOVINDA K.C
TI-Nepal wrote to the Prime Minister on March 27, 2015, expressing solidarity and support on the hunger strike launched by Prof. Dr. Govinda K.C. of TU Teaching Hospital. Dr. K.C. had gone on a hunger strike, protesting the widespread irregularities and corruption in the medical education sector, mainly in granting licenses to new medical colleges. TI Nepal in the letter urged the government to immediately address the demands raised by Dr. K.C. and also ensure that the doctor’s health does not worsen.
In addition, TI-Nepal again wrote a letter to Dr. K.C on August 28, 2015, extending full fledged support in his fight against irregularities in the medical and public health sector. The message was printed on a flex which was displayed at the premises where Dr. K.C had launched his sixth hunger strike. TI-Nepal solidarity is against government apathy in the medical sector.
TI Nepal’s efforts to impart anti-corruption values in the private sector were realized when Ncell signed the Integrity Pledge on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, on December 08, 2014. The pledge was the first of its kind by a foreign investment company (Telesoneria) in Nepal. The pledge reinforces Ncell’s commitment towards fighting corruption. The Pledge includes commitments of adherence to codes of conduct, due diligence, information dissemination, whistleblower protection, and transparent business dealings. Transparency International movement has been largely concerned about corruption in the private sector as it is perhaps one of the largest forms of corruption. With this new initiative, TI-Nepal has taken its first step towards promoting ethical practices in the private sector.
COMMITMENTS OF DEVELOPMENT PLEDGES (DP)
TI-Nepal continued its efforts to directly work with district based institutions related to public service delivery through its ALACDP program. In coordination with its district based partners, it hosted reviews of development pledges in 7 districts. The reviews, held during January-June 2015, tracked achievements and progress made by the 21 government authorities who had signed the Development Pledge, promising to upgrade the qualities of services rendered by concerned offices. The review was carried out in Chitwan, Surkhet, Dhading, Gulmi Rupandehi, Illam and Kaski. The reviews consisted of presentations made by the pledgees in public events on the changes that were initiated after signing the pledges. Public engagements and ease in service delivery were reported as some achievements. This effort has assisted TI Nepal to work in partnership with public authorities and draw their attention to reforms necessary for effective services.
PEER FACILITATOR TRAINING MANUAL
As introductory educational events, essay, speech, art and cartoon competition were held in Siraha, Butwal, Dang, Bhaktapur and Darchula districts under BNIN program to open a dialogue to promote ethical and moral culture. A peer-facilitator training manual is also under preparation for use in school level programs. Former Secretary, GoN, Balkrishna Prasai, was tasked to prepare the manual. The draft, with feedbacks from 4-member TI-Nepal advisory team incorporates topics on good governance, ethics, morals and values. It also lists anti-corruption, transparency, accountability as additional topics. Based on the manual, training teachers to be facilitators to conduct student awareness programs, will be pursued. The manual will aid in conducting training targeting the educational sector to enhance ethical and moral values.