While the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and a myriad of regional treaties and review bodies have set out important anti-corruption commitments for their state parties, they are not always implemented effectively in practice. With support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the CEELI Institute support domestic stakeholders to identify, prioritize, and execute concrete actions to advance implementation of these commitments.
EFOR has been enhancing transparency around the award and use of local development funds, which present multiple corruption risks if mismanaged (for instance, misused to bolster a party’s electoral support, awarded in a partisan manner, or disbursed for projects that are never implemented). EFOR aims to support achievement of an unfulfilled commitment under the government’s 2018-2020 Open Government Partnership Action Plan. EFOR’s interactive map allows watchdogs to monitor award and use of funds, and understand where projects have stalled, progressed, or never started. EFOR has also collaborated with journalists, giving interviews for two episodes of a popular national television show that investigates public interest stories. These efforts are helping to keep this issue area at the fore of public attention, even after the OGP action plan it was initially drafted for closed.
Read more about the activity of the partners in Bulgaria, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina here.
The project was implemented between September 2018 – September 2023.