Transparency International Anticorruption Center
Transparency International Anticorruption Center NGO (hereinafter, TIAC) was established in 2000. In October 2001 it was granted the status of accredited National Chapter of Transparency International (TI) to represent the global anticorruption movement in Armenia. In February 2008 the organization was reregistered as Transparency International Anticorruption Center NGO. In June 2021 the Membership Accreditation Committee of TI global anticorruption movement once again confirmed TIAC’s status as a fully accredited National Chapter of TI in Armenia.
On September 19, 2014, Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC) was awarded full certification by Counterpart International-Armenia to certify that through its activities and procedures TIAC fully completed the Counterpart International certification process and met Counterpart International’s standards for programmatic, administrative and direct contracting capacity standards.
TIAC mission is to promote good governance in Armenia by reducing corruption and strengthening democracy. Through its activity, the organization expects to contribute to Armenia’s continuous development and sustainability.
The core values of the organization are transparency, accountability, integrity, courage, justice and democracy.
The goals of the organization are:
- promoting the creation of a favourable atmosphere for political, economic and social reforms;
- supporting the establishment of transparent and accountable governance system;
- fostering democratic processes, including the protection of human rights and public participation in the governance of the country.
The organization sees its role as an important consultative and advocacy structure for governmental and non-governmental organizations in Armenia.
The activity of the organization is based on its charter, Armenian legislation and guiding documents of Transparency International global anticorruption movement.
To accomplish its goals, TIAC implements the following activities:
- Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, including monitoring of institutions, public officials’ performance and policy-making processes, monitoring and evaluation of country’s international anticorruption and democracy-related obligations, developing reports and recommendations – striving to use systematic, inclusive and evidence-based approaches and produce high-quality products;
- Legal Consultancy/Advice, including a study of legal acts and law enforcement practices, policy input, and protection of violated rights, including court representation of legal and natural persons in target areas based on cases of public interest and strategic importance.
- Education and Awareness Raising, including dissemination of anticorruption knowledge (through anticorruption courses in academia and informal education channels) and good governance practices and coverage of the results of surveys conducted by TI (Corruption Perceptions Index, Global Corruption Barometer, etc.), promotion of access to independent and reliable information through production of high quality, research-based products and broader dissemination of information on reforms in user-friendly formats. Education and awareness-raising are largely aimed at fostering intolerance towards the phenomenon of corruption and enhancing the capacities to counteract corrupt practices.
MAIN AREAS OF WORK
Currently, TIAC’s portfolio includes activities in the following three focus areas:
- Public Governance: TIAC aims to achieve policy and behavioral changes in the public governance sector, through the improvement of legal frameworks, as well as citizen engagement in oversight of government policies and performance. This includes the monitoring and analysis of Armenia’s anticorruption strategy and international commitments, performance of anticorruption institutions, such as the Corruption Perception Commission, Anticorruption Committee, Anticorruption Courts, conflict of interest related matters, integrity, whistleblowing, transparency and accountability policies, etc.;
- Public Resources: TIAC aims to achieve policy and behavioral changes in the management of public resources, including public finance, through the improvement of legal frameworks, as well as citizens’ engagement in decision-making processes for ensuring transparency of public resources management for the sake of future generations. This includes the organization’s efforts directed towards the sustainable use of natural resources, protection of historical-cultural monuments, reasonable use of public spaces, as well as targets the transparency and accountability of budgetary processes, budget execution and public procurement both at the state and local levels);
- Elections and Politics: TIAC aims to achieve policy and behavioral changes in the electoral processes, primarily, through the improvement of legal frameworks and citizens’ mobilization for elections observation in order to foster a free and fair electoral process in compliance with international best practices. This includes TIAC’s work as part of “Akanates” (Eyewitness) Observation Initiative, advocacy for legal changes, monitoring of political party integrity and parliamentary ethics.
Throughout its lifetime TIAC has implemented an overall of 103 projects aimed at the promotion of transparency and accountability of the state and local government, as well integrity in the public and civil service, free and fair elections at the local and national level, awareness-raising of citizens through providing of respective knowledge and tools to take part in the oversight of policies and institutions at the local and national level.
Education promoted and implemented by TIAC (in cooperation with Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia) covers the following courses, trainings and workshops:
Anticorruption Academy Certificate Program
About the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia:
The Public Administration Academy of RA is the legal successor of RA School of Public Administration which was established on 24 May 1994 with the technical support of the European Union TACIS program. To conform the processes of public servants’ training and qualification improvement to contemporary requirements the RA School of Management was reorganized in the Public Administration Academy of RA as a state non-profit organization (April 8, 2002).
The main goals of the Public Administration Academy of RA are:
– development of specialists in the field of public administration, training and qualification improvement, post-graduate educational programme implementation;
– carrying out theoretical and applied research activities, expert evaluations and consultations in the field of public administration;
– ensuring international academic cooperation in the field of public administration;
– supply of informative – analytical materials in the field of public administration/
Since September 15 2020, TIAC, in cooperation with the Public Administration Academy of RA, is conducting the first “Anticorruption academy” one-year course, aiming at providing the participants with knowledge about corruption and getting acquainted with anti-corruption policy, manifestations, types, causes, and consequences of corruption. The course is implemented within the Project ‘’Certificate program on anticorruption studies in Armenia’’ which aims to establish an academic training program on anticorruption interdisciplinary studies that will be available for the students at the Academy of Public Administration of Armenia and for practitioners working in governmental and non-governmental organizations who will receive certificates upon completion.
In 2020, 30 students selected out of 231 applicants participated in the course, conducted by TIAC experts as well as lecturers of the Public Administration Academy of RA, members of the Anti-Corruption Commission, and invited specialists for separate topics. Currently, 36 students are selected for the course of 2021-2022.
Since April 2019, TIAC has started the organization of the anticorruption schools aiming at spreading the knowledge among youth on corruption, its forms and means of its fight in different areas. So far two anticorruption schools were organized by TIAC (April 2019-first anticorruption school, July 2020-second anticorruption school), which were attended by 48 selected young people from Yerevan and marzes. At the end of the schools, participants were given the opportunity to present their own projects and receive small grants for their implementation.
Anticorruption series of trainings
TIAC organizes series of trainings for its network of young activists not only anti-corruption content, but integrity and ethics topics as well. This type of trainings helps to continuously enrich youth knowledge, develop network engagement and furtherly motivate the youth to contribute to the fight against corruption. TIAC youth network shows big interest in these series of trainings, which is proven by high enrollment records (62 participants in total).
In the framework of the anticorruption series of trainings TIAC also has signed a memorandum of understanding with and Gladzor University on delivering anticorruption training course for the students of the university. Within the framework of the cooperation, TIAC organized the trainings in April 2021 for about 70 law and economics students of Gladzor University, who enriched their knowledge about corruption and integrity topics, delivered by TIAC experts. On June 9 the participants were awarded by certificates of participation in the “Corruption and Integrity” course.
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