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The 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference

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Day 4, Workshop 8

Allan, Colm :
Civil Society and Public Accountability: The Need for Active Monitoring

The paper introduces the Public Service Accountability Monitor of the Eastern Cap province of South Africa. This is an initiative intended to give civil society information on actions of civil servants in the province so that they can be held accountable. Accountability is a two way relationship between public servants and the public at large. Whilst there is a constitutional obligation on public officials to provide an accountable public service, the onus is on the public to ensure that officials live up to this expectation. Standards of efficiency and public service delivery can only be as high as the expectations voiced by civil society interest groups.

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Holloway, Richard :
NGOs Fighting Corruption

The paper outlines the defining characteristic and functions of civil society organisations acting for developmental goals. Anti- corruption NGOs are a specific subset of these, which face certain problems and accusations from those in power. Anti- corruption NGOs must be able to counter these accusations. The capacities which an anti-corruption NGO needs to develop are listed.

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Mavuso, Vusi / van der Merwe, Stiaan :
Civil Society and the Fight Against Corruption a South African Perspective

The dominant discourse on corruption is currently too narrow. A broader focus is needed in order to be able to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat it. The capacity and role of civil society as well as the private sector has been underestimated so far. This is the case because of the almost exclusive focus on corruption within the public sector, whereas civil society and the private sector, as well as being forces for change, also play a part in the maintenance of a corrupt system. Definitions and dimensions of corruption are discussed in light of this broader view.

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Sharma, S.D. :
Indian Ngos' Initiatives for Mobilisation & Empowerment of Civil Society for Ensuring Good Governance With Transparency, Moral Integrity and Accountability

The paper discusses the various initiatives of NGOs in India, including TI and its sister NGO Loc Sevak Sangh, in the field of good governance. The campaigns include: combating political corruption; combating corruption in the civil services; access to information; ethical education; citizens' charters; codes of ethics; concerned citizens committees; and networking among like-minded civil society organisations. Several model documents are attached as Annexes.

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