OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT

The overall objective of the proposed project is to develop an effective policy and legislative framework that promotes transparency and accountability.

The specific objectives of the proposed intervention are two-fold:
• To promote whistleblowers protection: TI-Kenya believes that the public is the ultimate guarantor of integrity. It has identified the absence of a whistleblowers protection regime as a major contributor to low levels of corruption reporting. If the appropriate policy and law is formulated, enacted and enforced, it will embolden victims and witnesses of corruption in both the public service and private sector to come out and take their place in fighting it.
• To encourage corruption reporting: If there were a guarantee of basic protection against any form of victimisation for whistleblowing, victims and witnesses of corruption are more likely to report. This will ultimately significantly reduce the incidence of corruption and thereby lead to improved service delivery.

ACTIVITIES THAT WILL BE CONDUCTED UNDER THIS PROJECT ARE:

  • To draft a paper on whistleblowers protection with focus on the rationale for whistle blower protection, practice in different jurisdictions, the lessons and international best practices. This paper will inform the discourse around whistleblowers protection.
  • Development and publication of policy briefs on the draft whistle blower policy and law for purposes of advocacy and lobbying.
  • Technical review meetings with key government institutions and civil society organisations to fine tune the draft law. Quarterly open expert discussion forums on whistleblowers protection to build a critical mass of support for whistleblowers protection in Kenya.
  • Advocacy meetings with relevant government agencies such as the Office of the Attorney General, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC); the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC); the National Steering Committee on the Review of the Progress of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC); the Parliamentary Justice and Legal Affairs Committee; and the members of the African Parliamentarians Network against Corruption – Kenya Chapter.
  • Monitoring the progress of the whistleblower protection bill with other civil society organisations.
  • Media campaigns to inform members of the public about whistleblowers protection and how it will benefit them.

If whistleblowers protection mechanisms are put in place and operationalised, there will be major dividends in public service delivery. It will protect whistleblowers, encourage corruption reporting and deter persons from engaging in illegal or unethical practices. This will contribute towards healthy institutions with zero tolerance to corruption and more direct resources into the provision of quality services for the benefit of all Kenyans.

The project is a 12 month project and is funded by URAIA trust to the tune of Ksh. 5,000,000