CSO representatives during the reflection workshop

 

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) recognizes the role of civil society organisations in combating corruption by calling on governments to increase transparency, improve public access to information and to promote public contributions to the government decision-making process. 

The Development Services Exchange (DSE) - the umbrella organisation of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Solomon Islands, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) successfully concluded a day-long reflection workshop on Tuesday 9 February, for five grantee organizations, who are beneficiaries of the Transparency and Accountability Project (TAP). The workshop discussed the achievements of the CSO’s in combatting corruption, challenges ahead and plans for the future.

At his opening remarks, Transparency and Accountability for the People of Solomon Islands (TAP) Project Manager Mr. Vardon Hoca emphasized UNDP’s commitment to the partnership with the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) and other partners, to build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, thus contributing to the efforts of the Solomon Islands authorities in their fight against corruption.

“Combating corruption is a mission which can be fulfilled only if there is a joint effort of all parties involved. To this, civil society organizations have a pivotal role in fighting corruption and influencing both the public and authorities, as well as assisting the state authorities in addressing threats stemming from corruption,” said Mr. Hoca.

 

UNDP Solomon Islands Project Manager Mr. Vardon Hoca
Ms. Gina Kekea of the Media Association of Solomon Islands (right) and Lisa Rebiara put ideas onto paper

 

The General Secretary of DSE, Mrs. Jennifer Wate acknowledged the five grantees for successfully reaching out to rural communities with corruption related information. “You played an important role in terms of advocacy, awareness and information-sharing during your recent campaigns. Positive feedback from communities you reached clearly indicated people’s willingness to learn and support in the fight against corruption,” said Mrs. Wate.

UNDP, via TAP has set up a grant scheme to support CSO activities in terms of awareness-raising, evidence gathering, and monitoring and evaluation activities and more generally, contributing to the overall goal of reducing the impact of corruption on access to services and information.

The TAP project is drawing on the achievements and expertise within UNDP and the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project, supported by UNDP and the Governments of Solomon Islands, the United Kingdom and Japan.

 

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For more information or media inquiries please contact:

Mr Ednal Palmer, Communications Specialist, Effective Governance Team, UNDP Solomon Islands Office. P: (677) 27446/7336633 E: ednal.palmer@undp.org

 

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