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The IMF, Public Finance, Corruption, and Civil Society

Vitor Gaspar, Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Fiscal Affairs Department, presented the IMF’s Fiscal Monitor report on corruption at the latest PTF Anti Corruption Forum event. The event, co-sponsored by the Center for…

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PTF signs onto the Rome Civil Society Declaration on SDG16+

As a partner of the Transparency, Accountability & Participation Network (TAP) Network, PTF has signed onto the "Rome Civil Society Declaration on SDG16+", which outlines key recommendations and a broad…

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Myths and Realities of CSOs Promoting Transparent and Accountable Government Institutions

On May 3, PTF's Chief Technical Adviser, Vinay Bhargava, made a presentation at the 2019 Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting Civil Society Program on Myths and Realities of CSOs Promoting…

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PTF Signs Grant Agreement with IDRF and YSD to Expand Health Transparency Initiative in India

The India Development Relief Fund (IDRF) has partnered with PTF to play a leading role in three Health Transparency Initiatives (HTIs) in India. The first, a Quality Improvement of Public…

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The Critical Challenges of Human Trafficking & Corruption

On September 20, 2018, UNA-NCA's International Law Committee and The Partnership for Transparency Fund presented The Critical Challenges of Human Trafficking and Corruption before an overflow crowd at the United Nations Foundation.

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Can We Make Anti-Corruption Sustainable?

The Center for International Private Enterprise and Partnership for Transparency jointly hosted a public forum on December 8, 2017 in Washington DC on “Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Anti-Corruption Reform.” The…

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Civil Society Fighting Corruption in Procurement

Fighting corruption and waste in procurement requires not only capable procurement professionals, but also a strong civil society to monitor suspicious activity and engage authorities. Partnership for Transparency (PTF) teamed…

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PTF partners with the Cyprus Integrity Forum

The Partnership for Transparency and the Cyprus Integrity Forum signed a memorandum of understanding on June 26, 2018 for cooperation aimed at fighting corruption and promoting transparency and integrity through avenues…

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2017 Annual Report Released

We are excited to release our 2017 Annual Report showing how Partnership for Transparency (PTF) has created and sustained impact throughout 2017, building on now 17 years of work promoting and supporting…

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PTF joins TAP Network 2030 as a Partner

Partnership for Transparency is pleased to announce it has joined the TAP Network 2030 as a partner organization. The Transparency Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network 2030 is  broad network of…

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i-PANTAWID Project Workshop Underscores Salience of Social Accountability in 4Ps

Project i-Pantawid partners and stakeholders shared and discussed case stories of how citizens and government engaged each other that resulted in improved health and education service delivery, reduced benefit gaps,…

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World Bank Investigation & Prevention: Global Systemic Impact

Featuring Pascale Hélène Dubois, Vice President, Integrity, World Bank Group Kathrin Frauscher, Deputy and Program Director, Open Contracting Partnership Hasan Tuluy, Board Director, Partnership for Transparency and former Vice President,…

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Civic leadership training, Citizen Engagement and Government Responsiveness: experimental evidence from the Philippines

"The effect of civic leadership training on citizen engagement and government responsiveness: experimental evidence from the Philippines" investigated the impact of civic leadership training on citizen participation and government responsiveness…

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The Role of CSOs in Myanmar’s Transition from Military Rule to Democracy

On October 12, Partnership for Transparency hosted its partner Pansy Tun Thein, Executive Director of the Local Resource Centre, an umbrella organization of over a 1,000 CSOs in Myanmar. Pansy…

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Civil Society Roles in Engaging Citizens for Better Results in the World Bank Funded Projects

On October 11, the Partnership for Transparency sponsored a panel on civil society roles in engaging citizens World Bank projects at the World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum. The event brought…

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Transparency, Anti-Corruption, and Sustainable Development: Is Progress Possible?

On September 18th, the Partnership for Transparency’s Anti-Corruption Forum partnered with Brookings, the IMF, the World Bank, and the IFC to bring high level panelists from a variety of backgrounds to…

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PTF Announces Establishment of New Affiliate in South Africa

The Partnership for Transparency (PTF) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new affiliate in South Africa – Partnership for Transparency Fund Africa (PTF-Africa). “To maximize our impact and…

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Kleptocracy and Money Laundering: A Conversation with Kendall Day

On July 18th, Partnership for Transparency’s Anti-Corruption Forum and Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative hosted a discussion on the U.S. Government’s response to kleptocracy and money laundering around the globe, featuring…

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World Bank Anti-Corruption Programs; Discussion of Lessons Learned and Future Strategy

On July 5, the 1818 Society hosted a discussion on the World Bank’s anti-corruption policies, lessons learned since the 1996 “Cancer of Corruption” speech, and programmatic plans going forward. The…

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Anti-Corruption Forum features Laurence Cockcroft on Corruption in the West

On May 10, the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) and the Partnership for Transparency’s Anti-Corruption Forum co-hosted an event at George Mason University, featuring Laurence Cockcroft discussing his most…

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Promoting Inclusive and Accountable Public Services in Asia and the Pacific

At the Asian Development Bank's 50th Annual Meetings, Partnership for Transparency and World Vision hosted Promoting Inclusive Accountable Public Services in Asia and the Pacific ...

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Chile’s National e-Procurement Platform Hosts PTF Advisors

Above left to right: Oscar Cabello, Trinidad Inostroza, Donal O’Leary Donal O’Leary, PTF’s Procurement Working Group leader, and Oscar Cabello, a local PTF Advisor in Chile, visited ChileCompra headquarters on March 24th, in Santiago.  They had…

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Citizen Action Platform: Amplifying Citizen Voice for Quality Healthcare in Uganda

In many developing countries, quality health care is compromised by a lack of oversight at the local level. Poor pay, difficult living conditions and little supervision create a situation rife…

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Program to Strengthen Ukrainian Civil Society’s Role in Monitoring Public Procurement Launches on 24 January in Kyiv

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) and the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) announced the launch of a two-year program to strengthen…

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“What’s Next for the Anti-Corruption Agenda?” Celebrating PTF’s First 15 Years

On February 17, 2016, the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) celebrated 15 years of supporting civil society organizations (CSOs) in developing countries that work to promote citizen demand for transparency,…

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Citizen Engagement in Health Service Delivery: Exploring Approaches and Outcomes

The Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) hosted a seminar November 3, 2016 to explore the experience of citizen engagement in health service delivery. Representatives from USAID and the World Bank participated…

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World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum – Civil Society and Development: Six Global Trends and Lessons from Nigeria

On October 7, 2016 the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) co-sponsored a panel at the World Bank’s Civil Society Policy Forum entitled “Civil Society and Development: Six Global Trends and…

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“Civil Society Organizations Should Independently Monitor Government and Donor Programs” States Ed Elmendorf, Partnership for Transparency Fund, Project Adviser, During UN Study Launch

Seeking to reflect the growing importance of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in international development, and the ways in which they can help implement and monitor governance improvement actions under the…

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The Disease of Corruption: Article in BMC Medical Journal References PTF Work

The disease of corruption: views on how to fight corruption to advance 21st century global health goals. A new article from the journal BMC MEDICINE with articles by experts from…

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U4 Issue Paper Released on “Doing Accountability Differently: A proposal for the vertical integration of civil society monitoring and advocacy”

Doing Accountability Differently: A proposal for the vertical integration of civil society monitoring and advocacy is a recently released U4 Anti-Corruption Research Centre Issue Paper co-written by Jonathan Fox of…

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New PTF Affiliate Established in India

The Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), an international non-profit that supports citizen-led action to promote transparency and accountability in developing countries, is pleased to announce the establishment of a new…

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Enhancing Development Impact, Sustainability and Ownership of Development Projects through Citizen Engagement: Lessons from the CARTA Program

The Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) hosted a seminar on June 23, 2016 with Citizen Action for Results, Transparency and Accountability (CARTA) Program Director, Tjaarda Storm van Leeuwen, highlighting the…

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Literature Review on Citizen Engagement in Health Service Delivery Released

The inclusion of citizen engagement in development programs, including those supporting the health sector, is based on the premise that giving citizens a voice will help ensure that programs are…

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Practitioner Oriented Research Collaborations in Practice

On May 19th, PTF joined the MIT Governance Lab (MIT Gov-Lab) and Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Governance (CCAGG) to share experiences surrounding a joint effort to encourage citizen…

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New Frontiers in Citizen Engagement in World Bank Projects

On May 19th, the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) participated in a panel discussion on “New Frontiers in Citizen Engagement in World Bank Projects” at the annual GPSA Global Partners…

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IGI-FITCAM Provides Ethics Training to Cameroon’s Oil Processing Corporation (SONARA)

PTF's local partner in Cameroon, the International Governance Institution - Focal Integrity Team Cameroon (IGI-FITCAM) recently conducted a four day intensive training course for 40 newly elected Ambassadors of Ethics at…

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PTF Chief Technical Adviser Vinay Bhargava Presents Preliminary Findings of “Civil Society & Development: Global Trends”

Civil society’s place in development has changed significantly over the last 15 years. PTF has analyzed several global trends concerning these changes and their implications for various stakeholders in a…

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Report of the ‘Social Audit of Performance of Members of Parliament in Odisha’ Released by YSD

Youth for Social Development (YSD) is a PTF partner with a commitment to improve accountable governance, bring transparency in utilization of public funds and ensure its efficient and equitable utilization of tax…

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Final Report on “Lessons from the CARTA Program in Bangladesh and Nepal” Released

March 17, 2016 - Recent years have witnessed concerns about issues of government effectiveness and accountability, particularly in the delivery ...

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PTF Submits Evidence Demonstrating the Power of Civil Society Fighting Corruption to the UK Parliament

Ahead of the UK Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Summit, to be held in London in May, the Parliament's International Development Committee is inquiring into the direction and effectiveness of the Department…

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Using Citizen Engagement and Social Accountability Approaches in Mitigating Fraud, Errors and Corruption in Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

On February 9, the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), the Global Partnership for Social Accountability, and the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice at the World Bank held a discussion…

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John Nellis on “What’s Next for the Anti-Corruption Agenda?”

On February 17, 2016, I attended an event celebrating 15 years of operation of the Washington-based Partnership for Transparency Fund. The PTF, founded by former staff members of the World…

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THE FUTURE OF OGP: HOW TO PROMOTE EFFECTIVE CO-OPERATION WITH SDG #16?

Over the last 15 years, the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) has been at the forefront of innovation to improve governance, increase transparency, promote the rule of law and reduce…

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Is adoption of governance as a SDG an empty gesture?

The adoption of governance focused SDG #16 and its targets is being claimed a great victory for proponents of good governance. All UN member states approved the goal to “build…

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New Report Available on Citizen Engagement and Social Accountability in Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

Conditional cash transfer programs (CCTPs) are widely used in the world and are proving effective in generating proven poverty alleviation impacts. However, CCTP achievements are undermined by fraud, errors, and…

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The Future of OGP: Competition or Coordination with SDG #16?

Just a few weeks ago, 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Members of the OGP Steering Committee also endorsed the Joint Declaration…

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PTF Parter CCAGG Wins the Prestigious Galing Pook Citizenship Award for Community Based Monitoring of Government Services

PTF's local partner in the Philippines - the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG) - has won the prestigious Galing Pook Citizenship Award for community based monitoring of…

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ADB Publishes “Governance Brief” on Engaging Citizens to Promote Good Governance by Vinay Bhargava

There is a growing movement for governments to call for greater citizen participation in the design and implementation of public policies and programs. This brief explores these trends, outlines the benefits , and…

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Report on CARTA Workshop in Bangladesh Available for Download

The Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) has published a report on "Improving Development Outcomes through Citizen Engagement" containing lessons learned and recommendations for the future on the use of social…

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PTF’s Barry Metzger Rule of Law Initiative Awards First Grant of $35,000 to establish a Rule of Law Network in the Western Balkans

PTF recently approved a $35,000 grant to the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) in Belgrade, Serbia, to establish a regional network in the Western Balkans that aims to strengthen…

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Aloysius Uche Ordu on the 2015 African Development Bank Annual Meetings

I had the great pleasure of representing the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) at the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) Annual meetings on from May 25 - 30, 2015 in Abidjan,…

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5 Things You Should Know About Governance as a Proposed Sustainable Development Goal

On May 27 I had the pleasure of serving as a panelist at an event organized by the Governance Thematic Group of 1818 Society of the World Bank Group (WBG)…

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Citizen Monitoring Yields Positive Development Outcomes

The engagement of civil society organisations and communities in monitoring development projects increases citizen awareness and participation in taxpayer-funded programmes, a new report found ...

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National Workshop on the CARTA Program Concludes in Bangladesh

A workshop on “Improving Development Outcomes through Citizen Engagement,’ to review the lessons learned through the Citizen Action for Results, Transparency and Accountability (CARTA) Program, concluded today at the Lakeshore…

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PARTNER NEWS: Making Front Line Officials of the Public Service in Cameroon Anti-Corruption Activists

Balancing actions to expose corruption with non-confrontation is not always easy in Cameroon where the challenge of corruption is high and visible to ordinary citizens on a daily basis. Again,…

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New Toolkit on “Integrating Gender throughout a Project’s Life Cycle”

Through a small grant from the USAID/Food for Peace-funded Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program, Land O’Lakes’ International Development collaborated with Cultural Practice, Development and Training Services, Inc. (dTS),…

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Constructive Engagement Process between Governments and CSOs: Are We Getting Results?

I was asked by the ADB to facilitate a round-table discussion on the topic  “Constructive Engagement Process between Governments and CSOs: Are We Getting Results?—Experiences and Lessons from Asia”. The…

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PTF e.V. Releases 2014 Annual Report

PTF e.V. has just released it's 2014 Annual Report covering the organization's inaugural year. Despite its relatively short existence, PTF e.V. has managed to establish its presence, build an impressive…

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Effective People-Powered Accountability: Lessons from PTF Experience

On October 9th, PTF’s Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Vinay Bhargava, participated in a panel sponsored by CIVICUS focused on harnessing information and Communications Technology (ICT) to monitor and shape development…

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PTF at the 2014 World Bank Youth Summit

On October 7, 2014, PTF representatives had the opportunity to share their experiences on youth involvement in anti-corruption initiatives at the World Bank's Youth Summit. The Summit convened young civil…

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PTF Releases Two New Working Papers on Controlling Corruption in Social Safety Nets

Safety net programs help provide opportunities and increase the quality of life for the poor in developing countries. Yet they are prime targets for corruption due their decentralized and complex…

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Citizens Drive Innovative Ways to Fight Corruption but Donor Support Lags Behind

Citizens globally are increasingly concerned with and demanding actions to confront poor governance and corruption. In response, civil society’s role has evolved to meet their needs –from simple watchdogs to…

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PTF Celebrates the International Day of Democracy

Over the past 14 years, the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) has supported civil society activists in developing democracies working to engage citizens in the demand for good governance. Our…

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PTF Releases 2013 Annual Report

PTF advances innovative citizen-led approaches to improve governance, increase transparency, promote the rule of law and reduce corruption in developing countries. Throughout 2013, PTF provided support for the incubation phase…

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We’ve Moved! PTF Joins the OpenGov Hub

PTF has moved its Washington, DC based office to the OpenGov Hub, a workspace for transparency and accountability minded organizations. We’re excited to get to work with our new office…

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PTF Leads Call for New Multilateral Governance and Accountability Program in the UK

Between 2007 and 2012 the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) program provided about $200 million USD for around 1,000 transparency and accountability projects…

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PTF Shares Experience on Constructive Engagement between Governments and CSOs in East Asia

On July 14th, PTF's Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Vinay Bhargava, moderated an Roundtable Discussion hosted by the Government of the Philippines, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank…

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PTF Urges Increased ADB Support for Citizen-led Programs to Improve Governance

In a presentation to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on July 10, 2014, Vinay Bhargava called for increased support for citizen-led programs. He specifically drew from examples of PTF supported…

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Dr. Vinay Bhargava Shares Lessons on Citizen Engagement in Education Administration

PTF's Chief Technical Officer, Vinay Bhargava, has been busy during a visit to Japan to share lessons of experience for grassroots anti-corruption interventions. Only July 7th, Dr. Bhargava was in Kobe,…

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PTF Urges World Bank President to Scale-up GPSA

At the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Global Partners Forum in May 2014, World Bank President Jim Kim called the program, which aims to bring together civil society and…

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New Report on PTF-Supported Anti-Corruption Interventions in Education

Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report: Education (2013) reinforces the notion that corruption inhibits social and economic development and may even jeopardize stability of a nation’s education system. Opportunity for corruption…

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PTF Launches Barry Metzger Rule of Law Initiative

On May 14, 2014, the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) launched the Barry Metzger Rule of Law Initiative at the law offices of Baker & McKenzie in Washington, DC. The initiative is designed to respect the humanitarian…

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Michael Lippe – In Memoriam

Michael Lippe, a valued Project Adviser to the Partnership for Transparency Fund, died on Monday, April 28th, 2014 of pancreatic cancer. His capacity to push-on, working to aid the poorest…

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World Bank promotes citizen action to help fight corruption and poverty

PTF’s Board Chair, Anabel Cruz, and Chief Technical Adviser, Vinay Bhargava, were quoted in an article written by Stella Dawson on citizen-led anti-corruption interventions. Anabel Cruz “warned of fatigue among poor…

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PTF Strives to Improve Health Service Delivery in the “Most Malarial Town on Earth”

Access to anti-malarial medications are essential to human, economic, and social development in affected areas, but are frequently compromised by poor governance and lack of accountability. Life-saving medications go missing…

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Corruption Kills

Pervasive corruption plagues health service delivery across developing and emerging market countries. Nurses and doctors extort payments from the poor for services that should be free. Counterfeit drugs are sent…

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Education project by PTF’s Mongolian partner, Globe International, becomes GPSA finalist

The World Bank supported Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) has selected eight final development projects proposed by civil society organizations from a total of 428 proposals that were made.…

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Uganda’s only hope is a stronger civil society

Sir, Michael Holman (“The west lays itself a trap over Uganda’s anti-gay laws”, March 6) is highly perceptive in his analysis of how western donors have responded to Uganda’s determination…

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PTF Celebrates International Women’s Day

After almost 15 years of working with over 100 CSOs in more than 50 countries, time and time again PTF-supported projects have demonstrated the power of women’s perspectives, knowledge and…

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Citizen-led development is yielding results

Sir, William Easterly (“Western vanities that do little to help the world’s poor”, January 25) ignores the reductions in poverty that targeted official aid, foundation grants and individual philanthropy are…

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PTF Book Review in Top 10 World Bank Blogs of 2013

A review "Citizens Against Corruption" rolled in at #10 on the World Bank's list of Top Ten Blog Posts by Readership in 2013. Click here to read the blog written by Duncan Green,…

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Interview with Frank Vogl on Anti-Corruption and PTF

Freedom Observatory, an independent, non-partisan think tank featuring international relations and political analysis, interviewed PTF Vice-Chair Frank Vogl on corruption and the work of the Partnership for Transparency Fund in their…

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Richard Stern Becomes President and Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership for Transparency Fund

Richard Stern has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of The Partnership for Transparency Fund, effective January 1, 2014. Stern, a former World Bank Vice President, takes over PTF’s…

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Anti-Corruption Is Marching Ahead

The events right now in Ukraine, Turkey, India and China, where each is very different in detail, yet where public anti-corruption pressures are central, underscores how increasingly powerful and how…

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PTF Launches Citizen Action Platform in Uganda

Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) recently launched the pilot phase of a flagship program – Citizen Action Platform (CAP) – in the Apac region of Uganda. CAP is pioneering a…

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Fake Money and Ballot Box Raise Hopes in the Fight on Corruption this International Anti-Corruption Day

PTF joins all citizens of the world in celebrating International Anti-Corruption Day, today 9th December 2013, by endorsing the call of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to make fighting corruption…

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PTF Expands Anti-Corruption Ventures with New Affiliate in Munich

Washington-based Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) is pleased to announce that an affiliate not-for-profit organization, the Partnerschaft Fonds für Transparenz Eingetragener Verein (PTF e.V.) has been established in Munich/Germany, expanding…

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Good Practices for Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact

Is it realistic to expect citizens to hold service providers accountable given the huge asymmetry of power between the two, or are we setting unrealistic expectations that citizen engagement interventions…

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Independent Evaluations of PTF Projects

John Clark, an international development consultant, former civil society activist and adviser to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was commissioned by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and by…

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Independent Evaluations of 116 Projects Stress the Value of Partnership for Transparency Fund’s Pioneering Approaches

John Clark, an international development consultant, former civil society activist and adviser to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was commissioned by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and by…

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Steve Ettinger – December 3, 1942-July 31, 2013.

Steve Ettinger, PTF Advisor and team leader on PTF’s projects in Latin America, including the FONTRA program, died on July 31 after a four year valiant and determined battle against…

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Corruption as an Indicator of a Failed State

In June, the Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy Magazine published the 2013 Failed States Index, an annual report ranking a country’s stability based on twelve social, economic, and political…

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PTF Chief Technical Adviser Vinay Bhargava to Host Two Seminars in Switzerland

PTF Chief Technical Adviser to speak at two seminars in Switzerland to discuss PTF's work and the new book Citizens Against Corruption: Report from the Frontline by PTF co-founder and…

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Pierre-Landell Mills to discuss Citizens Against Corruption at OpenGovHub BBL – TOMORROW 6/12

Join us tomorrow at the OpenGov Hub for a special Brown-Bag Lunch (BBL) session with Pierre Landell-Mills, co-founder and former president of PTF, who will present his new book Citizens…

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What Works? A Conversation with PTF co-founder and former PTF President Pierre Landell-Mills

Our experience underscores that governments will only be accountable if their citizens consistently and persistently demand accountability. Continuous organized citizen engagement is essential. Popular mass movements can change regimes, but…

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PTF Accountability Project to Move Ahead with ADB Support in the Philippines

The Partnership for Transparency Fund is being support by the  Asian Development Bank (ADB) in a one-year project in the Philippines to improve the capacities of stakeholders – local governments and…

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To be rich or to be honest? – Teaching Integrity to the Young in South Korea

Guest Blog By Kim Sung-Soo, Executive Director, Transparency International - Korea, which has been a global leader in civil society in educating young people about the curse of corruption and…

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The Death Toll Rises in Bangladesh as Legal Impunity for the Powerful Rules

The system that enables powerful politicians and their business cronies to act as if they are above the law in Bangladesh has been horribly exposed by the rising death toll…

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New Program Honors PTF Co-Founder Barry Metzger

The Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), supporting civil society organizations to curb corruption and promote government transparency and accountability, has established the “Barry Metzger Rule of Law Initiative.” Mr. Metzger,…

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The Essential Need for Good Governance in Public-Private Partnerships

Many governments do not have all the financial resources required to expand, maintain, and operate their country’s infrastructure. Also in search of more investment efficiency, several countries have adopted public-private…

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PTF at ADB Annual Meeting, New Delhi

PTF Board Director Dante de los Angeles chaired a PTF seminar at the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank on May 5, 2013 in New Delhi: "How Civil Society Empowerment…

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New Book – Citizens Against Corruption – Report from the Frontline

Over the last dozen years The Partnership for Transparency Fund has support with money and expert advice more than 200 projects across the developing world to reduce corruption. Now, in…

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Human Rights Are at the Core of Good Governance Projects – An Example from PTF in India

In the State of Orissa in India, the government claims to provide for not only free delivery to women giving birth, but also an incentive payment for choosing institutional delivery…

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Barry Metzger – In Memoriam

Barry Metzer, a founding Board Member of the Partnership for Transparency Fund and for a dozen years its beacon and moral compass, died on Saturday, December 22, 2012 of complications…

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A Dramatic Year for Anti-Corruption in the Philippines

The Philippines have long been plagued by endemic corruption, including graft, bribery, and extortion.  A lacking and complex regulatory system and low institutional oversight to enforce existing regulations contribute to…

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Frank Vogl, PTF Co-Founder and Board Vice Chair, Publishes New Book Looking Inside the Global Anti-Corruption Movement

Frank Vogl, co-founder of both Transparency International and the Partnership for Transparency Fund has published Waging War on Corruption: Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power. At PTF we…

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PTF Enters Contract With Asian Development Bank to Strengthen Bhutan’s Anti-Corruption Commission

PTF was selected by the Asian Development Bank to work with Bhutan's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The project is aimed at enhancing the institutional capacity of the ACC focusing on the…

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New AusAID Grant to Bolster PTF Anti-Corruption Knowledge Sharing in the Philippines

The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) has initiated a grant of $200,000 to PTF to broaden the impact of PTF’s anti-corruption work in the Philippines. Since 2003 PTF has…

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In Search of Transparency: new SEC rules expose financial details of international oil and mineral industries

On August 22nd, the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Committee approved Section 1504, or the Cardin-Lugar provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This legislation was initially…

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A Corruption-Free Olympics?

The Olympic Games represent a time and place for national pride, for celebrating achievement and extraordinary athletic ability, and for international unity. However, beyond the pomp and circumstance, the Olympics…

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Nigeria: Ghost Workers and their Scary Implications

In Nigeria, a one-month old baby made $150 a month as a public sector employee. How on earth was an infant working? Thankfully for the little guy, he wasn’t. But…

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How Civic Media can help citizens fight corruption

Last week I was honored to be a guest speaker at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab in Boston (click to read the live blog from…

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PTF Chief Technical Adviser Vinay Bhargava to Speak at MIT

Corruption, a universal problem, victimizes the poor bottom billion of the global population. These poor are bypassed by trickle-down growth strategies. They suffer chronic poverty. Corruption robs them of services…

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The Real Problem in Uganda is Corruption Not Kony

Joseph Kony seems to be everywhere these days. One place where he is not however, is Uganda. Kony fled the northern part of the country with his diminished band of…

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PTF Hosts South Asia Workshop

From November 29th to December 2nd, PTF hosted a peer learning and knowledge sharing workshop in Jaipur, India. The workshop was focused on engaging citizens in fighting against corruption in…

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New Program in Bangladesh and Nepal Takes Off

Building on over a decade of experience around governance and anti-corruption programming, PTF has launched a new program to enhance the development impact, sustainability and local ownership of World Bank-financed…

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Writing on the Wall as Appropriate Technology for Transparency

The "Transparency Wall" in Ranga Reddy village in Andhra Pradesh, India fully serves its purpose of transparency and accountability and is a great example of appropriate technology ...

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Why I Joined PTF: Improving Everyday Life for the Poor

After reviewing the day’s lively email correspondence from East Africa civil society organizations ranging from progress on tracking anti malaria drug distribution, to the match up of school construction project…

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Princeton University and the World Bank laud PTF funded projects

Three PTF funded projects were featured in recent publications by Princeton University's Innovations for Successful Societies and the World Bank's Innovative Solutions for Governance series. The Princeton paper cites the…

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Corruption Can Kill: Why I Wanted to Work with the PTF

I’ve been asked from time to time why I became interested in the issue of corruption. Having worked at the World Bank, I was aware of the corrosive effect that…

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What happened when 38 CSOs from 8 countries got together and exchanged experiences in engaging citizens against corruption?

Government accountability, right to information laws as a more effective tool than bribery, youth groups exposing use of sub standard materials in road construction, pregnant women getting the benefit of…

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Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI) Heralds a New Era for Access to Information

2011 has been a great year for Kenya in the areas of access to information and open data. First, in April 2011, Kenya Gazette Notices dating back to 1906 were…

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Why Puerto Rico Should Look to Uganda in the Fight Against Police Corruption

In October 2010, 61 Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) officers were arrested on charges related to corruption.  Specifically, the police were failing “to police sex crimes and incidents of domestic…

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India’s Corruption Sparks Do-It-Yourself Innovation

India's mass demonstrations against corruption are being widely hailed as a successful mobilization of citizenry for a common good. But the movement is far from a unified endeavor.

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PTF Receives Three Grants for $2.5 million

The Partnership for Transparency Fund has received three grants in July 2011 totaling $2.5 million to intensify its efforts to fight corruption and promote accountable and transparent government in developing…

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Stimulating Demand for Good Governance

This report examines the impact that citizen demand for good governance (DFGG) can have on development effectiveness. It analyzes World Bank and other donor experience with support for DFGG; constraints…

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DFID Review of PTF: Innovative Support to Civil Society in Fighting Corruption

The main Mid-Term Review (MTR) conclusion is its confidence that the CAC programme represents high value for money, impressive innovation, and valuable support to civil society in fighting corruption.

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New Independent Evaluation provides Substantive Insights to the Impact of PTF’s Work Across the Developing World

download the evaluation (1.4MB) “The substantial – often dramatic – benefit that can derive swiftly from PTF’s small grants is a success story worthy of wider telling”, writes John Clark,…

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New Report calls on World Bank to Strengthen Anti-Corruption and Good Governance Work with Civil Society

Download the report (1.4MB) Despite heightened priority to work with civil society under the World Bank’s recent “Governance and Anti-Corruption (GAC)” policies, a new study finds significant shortcomings. A critical…

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Monitoring Education Delivery in Eastern Uganda

Uganda Ethics Network Outreach (UENO) recently launched a PTF funded project in Manafwa, a large rural district along the Kenyan border in Eastern Uganda. The project aims to target misappropriation…

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World Bank Contributes $400,000 to PTF

Last month, a contribution of US $400,000 was released to the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) for the purpose of funding anticorruption projects globally. The grant agreement was signed by…

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PTF at the 2010 International Anti-Corruption Conference

Under the heading of “Restoring Trust: Global Action for Transparency,” more that 1,200 anti-corruption experts converged in Bangkok, Thailand for the International Anti-Corruption Conference in mid-November 2010. PTF held a…

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