The war against corruption will not be won unless the public develops and sustains pressure on public institutions to provide quality services and leaders to be accountable.
TI-Kenya will work to strengthen the capacity of the public to not only recognize corrupt practices, but to also take action against such practices. TI Kenya will have a special focus on the youth as a key pillar in enhancing public integrity and fighting corruption.
TI-Kenya’s Public Accountability Programme is in place as a result of clear indications that public service delivery in Kenya remains manifested by inefficiency and a lack of transparency and accountability.
TI-Kenya therefore sees the need to prioritise and promote active engagement between the citizens’ and public service delivery institutions, while at the same time enhancing the responsiveness through implementation of the 2010 Constitution and legal reforms in order to enhance accountability.
The Public Accountability Programme is concerned primarily with addressing the waning levels of accountability by public leaders and citizens, demonstrated amongst others through growing levels of impunity; politicisation and devolution of corruption; and the diminishing will to fight corruption. The overall objective of the programme is to increase the number of responsive and accountable citizens and leaders through promoting civic engagement and leadership integrity.
To this end, TI-Kenya is already working with its good governance coalition partners in the Coast, North Rift, Nairobi and Western regions to empower citizens to actively engage with responsive public service delivery institutions. TI-Kenya does this through capacity building and civic engagement.
The Public Accountability Programme focuses on:
- Citizen Empowerment: This sub area seeks to ‘increase the level of civic agency and voice on public accountability’. That is, increase the number of knowledgeable citizens who recognise and actively fight corruption. This is based on the belief that accountability frameworks can only be effective if there exists sufficient civic engagement.
- The above ambitions will be realised through undertaking the following strategic interventions:
- Awareness creation and mindset change: Supporting ICT, media or art aided public engagements to share information/data with a view to awakening peoples’ consciousness, changing their attitudes and spurring civic action against corruption.
- Citizen driven anti-corruption campaigns: Facilitating/supporting regional, national and county based citizen led advocacy initiatives on emerging corruption issues/concerns.
- Innovation and modelling: Developig and or enhancing ICT driven tools/mechanisms/ products that facilitate accountability and feedback related engagements between citizens and duty bearers.
- Capacity development support: Providing legal aid and paralegal aid/support and facilitating dialogue sessions/trainings on topical issues in TI-Kenya’s sectoral or thematic focus areas.
Movement Building: Its aim is to enhance the effectiveness of various anti-corruption actors – corporate and individual – through mobilisation, organising and strengthening. To realise this ambition, TI-Kenya undertakes the following strategic interventions:
- Scoping and Analysis: Mapping out corruption action groups with a view to facilitating better organisation of, and capacity development support to them.
- Capacity Development: Undertaking institutional strengthening initiatives (mentoring, training, information sharing etc) targeting good governance actors at both county and national level.
- Linking: Supporting initiatives aimed at strengthening networking amongst anti-corruption agents for purposes of establishing a critical mass, learning and better coordination. Also, facilitating engagements between citizens and anti-corruption focused institutions, State and Non- State Actors (NSA) alike.
- Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centres (ALACs): Through the Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centres (ALACs) established in Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu and Nairobi, TI-Kenya encourages corruption victims to come forward with corruption-related complaints. Cases filed in the ALACs provide concrete evidence to advocate for institutional and legal reforms. ALAC is a walk-in, call-in center or mail in center where a citizen can obtain free and confidential advice on corruption cases. ALAC works with communities to empower them to report corruption. ALAC also offers a unique opportunity for the fight against corruption in Kenya as it gives opportunity to gather data on graft incidents in various public and private institutions.
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