The UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has a mandate to engage Pacific Islands private sector organisations and members in the fight against corruption. Under Output 1 of the UN-PRAC Project Phase II, reference to seminars for the private sector is made in relation to Activity 1.2 - Countries encouraged and supported to ratify UNCAC (paying particular attention to strengthening the engagement of women in this work); Activity 1.3 – Countries supported to participate in UNCAC Review Mechanism (supports private sector involvement in the review process, “including where possible gender advocates”); Activity 2.2 - Non-state actors undertake effective AC advocacy and monitoring. Under UN-PRAC’s new 2020-22 partnership with the New Zealand Aid Programme is the specific output, Integrity in the private sector increased and ease of doing business ranking improved. This can be achieved through increased understanding of the importance of corruption risk assessment and analysis in agencies responsible for registering businesses; integrity and compliance introduced in selected sectors; and strengthened internal control mechanisms, ethics and compliance of women-owned, and managed micro, small and medium enterprises of women.
Discussions with Pacific private sector operators at regional and national UN-PRAC workshops has reinforced the need for fuller engagement in the national review processes of UNCAC by national private sector stakeholders along with private sector engagement in development of National Anti-Corruption Strategies and other national integrity legislation and implementation. At the 2019 Conference of States Parties in Abu Dhabi, much discussion and commitments centred around strong non-state actor (including the private sector) involvement in the lead-up processes towards the 2021 UN General Assembly Special Session on challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation. The private sector was also a major sphere, with a separate session, during the Pacific Unity Against Corruption (PUAC) Regional Leaders’ Conference in Tarawa, Kiribati in February 2020; PUAC has fed in major commitments from the Pacific into the UNGASS and CoSP processes.
NGOs are seen in this process as key possible partners of relevant government institutions to fill in the existing gaps and provide innovative, practical solutions. Given the prohibition on travel in most UN-PRAC stakeholder countries, there is a need to fund in-country capacity-building.
Within the context introduced above, UNDP is announcing a call for proposals for non-profit non-government organizations in Palau to fund innovative and most practical projects that can assist relevant government institutions in effective implementation of the Public Administration Reform.
Purpose of the Grant Contest
Primary purpose of the Integrity Capacity Building for Palau Private Sector 2020-21 Grant is to strengthen the institutional capacity of entities critical for achieving development objectives.
To this end, UNDP intends:
- To increase integrity in the private sector in Palau;
- To foster understanding in the private sector of what corruption is and about its impacts;
- To seek input from private sector organizations and operators on manageable, sustainable next steps to address corruption in Palau;
- To promote business integrity among women and young entrepreneurs who plan to start a business or have already started a business in Palau;
- To address any corruption risks related to registration and operation of businesses, as seen by the existing and potential women and young entrepreneurs;
- To consider how UNCAC articles 12, 21 and 22 can be advanced by private sector advocacy in Palau;
- To enable the Palau Chamber of Commerce to implement its code of conduct and assist local businesses with their own codes; and
- To promote networking between existing and potential young / women entrepreneurs and joint advocacy for transparent, effective and efficient services.
Applying organizations are expected to devise proposals on the most topical and challenging areas wherever most needed which would offer organisational, methodological, research and/or training support to the relevant private sector institutions to seek innovative, practical solutions to maximize the impact of integrity capacity building.
Areas of Intervention
The proposals may focus on the following two key areas of UN-PRAC Project Phase II, Activity 2.2 - Non-state actors undertake effective AC advocacy and monitoring; and UN-PRAC’s new 2020-22 partnership with the New Zealand Aid Programme in the specific output, Integrity in the private sector increased and ease of doing business ranking improved.
Possible topics for grant projects include but are not limited to:
- Strengthened internal control mechanisms, ethics and compliance of women-owned, and managed micro, small and medium enterprises of women Using the Anti-Corruption Toolkit for Women-Owned Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in Fiji (produced by UN-PRAC) as a template, undertake two workshops/webinars with women entrepreneurs to determine the issues and information that women entrepreneurs want addressed in a Palau toolkit. In partnership with UN-PRAC contract a consultant / in-house trainer to produce drafts of the Palau toolkit;
- Promoting business integrity among young entrepreneurs who plan to start a business or have already started a business in Palau
a) Introduce a focus group of young entrepreneurs in Palau to the “Business Integrity Toolkit for Young Entrepreneurs – How to set up and run your business with integrity”, developed as a result of a partnership between two regional initiatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): “Promoting a Fair Business Environment in ASEAN” and “Youth Co:Lab” involving a community of social entrepreneurs in ASEAN countries. The purpose of this focus group consultation is to ensure that the material is valid for young entrepreneurs in Palau
b) Using Un-PRAC’s workshop/webinar with Fiji young entrepreneurs as a template, develop a workshop/webinar to inform/train your NGO trainers on the toolkit – who will then train the young entrepreneurs in face-to-face workshops in cooperation with UN-PRAC and, if needed, an additional youth and business integrity facilitator to be hired by UN-PRAC;
c) One follow-up face-to face and / or webinar workshop in Palau.
- Producing an anti-corruption and integrity focused companion guide to the 2014 Republic of Palau Business Resource Guide After consultation with the Palau Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Palau Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), PCC and UN-PRAC, produce a stand-alone “anti-corruption and integrity focused companion guide” to the 2014 Republic of Palau Business Resource Guide. This Palau guide can also be informed by any similar material produced and updated in the Palau Women Entrepreneurs toolkit and the ‘Start up guide for setting up a business in Fiji’ being developed in Fiji in cooperation with the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation, which is incorporated into the Fiji Young Entrepreneurs template training.
- Code of Conduct implementation for local Palau businesses Responding to demand from local business operators, provide webinar/training to business operators requesting assistance to implement or review their own business Code of Conduct, based on the UN-PRAC-Palau Chamber of Commerce Code of Conduct, developed in March 2020. Priority would be to assist with Palau businesses which have yet to adopt a Code of Conduct and those who will be part of the pending merger of PCC with Belau Tourism Association to create one private sector organization. Liaison with the OSP on the training will be essential.
The proposals should include a clearly articulated theory of change and demonstrate how the lasting impact in each area is expected to be achieved. Particular attention will be paid to the sustainability of proposed actions.
Who Can Apply
- Non-profit organizations (NGOs) that have at least four years of proven experience in private sector engagement in Palau, policy research, provision of training, service delivery and similar. Organizations should be registered in accordance with the legal requirements of the Government of Palau and must be able to provide organization’s registration certificate upon request.
- Although, not mandatory, NGOs are welcome to submit proposals as coalitions. In this case, main applicants must provide support letters from relevant co-applicants specifying the role of the co-applicant.