SEE-TAC Southeast Europe - Together Against Corruption
The overall project goal is to contribute to strengthened resilience of the Southeast Europe (SEE) societies to corruption, by strengthening the capacity of governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), the private sector (PS) and the media to prevent and fight corruption. The Programme follows Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels), by contributing to achieving the target 16.5: Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms in SEE.
To achieve the project goal, the Programme is designed to deliver six results:
(1) The targeted jurisdictions will have strengthened their corruption risk assessment and
(2) corruption proofing of legislation mechanisms;
(3) the regional framework for cooperation on data exchange in asset disclosure will be fully operational;
(4) the general public in the region is better informed about prevention of corruption and the work of relevant entities;
(5) CSOs and other relevant stakeholders will have increased their capacities, knowledge and engagement on United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) implementation and
(6) CSOs, SMEs and Chambers of Commerce have enhanced their knowledge and cooperation in the areas of collective action and compliance.
Direct beneficiaries of the programme are the representatives of national ministries and anti-corruption agencies in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The civil society, private sector and partner umbrella organizations, such as the Southeast Europe Leadership for Development and Integrity (SELDI) network and the UNCAC Coalition shall participate in this holistic approach. The projected number of the programme beneficiaries is 1000. In addition to the CSO networks in SEE and the chambers of commerce represented in the WB6-Chamber Investment Forum, the Programme will partner with relevant public sector institutions in the targeted jurisdictions to achieve the sustainable change.
The results will be achieved through the following activities: development of sector-focused Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) and corruption proofing of legislation (CPL) guidance with checklists and tailor-made trainings exercises for the in-depth capacity development in the sectors most vulnerable to corruption; development and support for implementation of the impact assessment methodologies for the CRA and CPL mechanisms; the improved IT tools supporting the implementation of the CRA and CPL mechanisms; accession and implementation of the International Treaty on Exchange of Data for the Verification of Asset Declarations; monitoring performance of Treaty focal points; advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns; support to local CSO initiatives; expansions of the SEE CSO e-platform; multi-stakeholder workshops on UNCAC and its review mechanism; engagement of beneficiaries from the region in relevant international events, trainings for Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and Chambers of Commerce on compliance and fostering of collective action initiatives.
SEE-TAC builds upon the Regional Programme on Strengthening the Capacity of Anti-corruption Authorities and Civil Society to Combat Corruption and Contribute to the UNCAC Review Process with special attention given to follow-on activities to sustain the momentum gained in the previous phase. From December 2015 to August 2020, the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) jointly implemented this programme, funded by ADA. It delivered a broad range of activities aimed at strengthening anti-corruption capacities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. From November 2019 to March 2020, the Regional Programme undertook a final external evaluation, which found the Programme relevant to the region and concluded that it “addresses a clear need by supporting national anti-corruption institutions and CSOs to strengthen their capacities in relation to anti-corruption measures and, for CSOs, specifically in relation to UNCAC.”