PTF IS DELIGHTED TO REPORT ON THE INITIATION OF FOUR NEW PROJECTS IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS VALUED TOGETHER AT MORE THAN $ 1 MILLION.
PROJECT TITLE: Citizen Engagement on Anti- Corruption in the Gambia
CSO PARTNER: Anti-Corruption Coalition Gambia (ACCG)
PROJECT COST: $52,000
CO-FUNDER: National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
In September 2019, the ACCG began implementation on a program aimed at alerting Gambians to the scope and nature of corruption. These initiatives intend to raise awareness on actions that the public can take to demand institutional reforms to reduce corruption and improve the quality of public service delivery. PTF will help build the capacity of the ACCG as a national institution to fight corruption. PTF will also assist in the program’s Training of Trainers initiative for national and local anti-corruption champions who will in turn raise awareness of corruption and public accountability among the public, especially youth and women, and educate them on avenues to exert pressure on public officials to bring about institutional reforms.
PROJECT TITLE: Health Transparency Initiative in Kasangati, Uganda
CSO PARTNER: Anti Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU)
PROJECT COST: $21,500
CO-FUNDER: Rotary Club of North Bethesda
Supply-chain leakage, poor planning and budget mismanagement are huge problems for public health care in Uganda. ACCU began implementing a program in November 2019 designed to measure influencing factors of context, incentives and decisions surrounding the management of public health systems that taken together affect the availability and quality of public health services. The year-long project will monitor the operations of Kasangati Health Center, outside of Kampala, serving approximately 100,000 citizens. The program will follow an “information– action–response” cycle by: 1) collecting information from citizens on the state of public health services and where there are gaps; 2) working in coalition with government officials and local businesses, through the Kasangati Rotary Club, to find solutions; and 3) reporting changes to citizens.
PROJECT TITLE: Building a Coordinated Response to Prevent and Reduce Gender-Based Violence in Rajasthan, India
CSO PARTNER: Center for Advocacy and Research (CFAR)
PROJECT COST: $51,000
CO-FUNDER: India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF)
Rajasthan has long been acknowledged to be an area in India where women’s low status is a cause for concern. Gender based violence (GBV) is deeply rooted and embedded in the patriarchal traditions. Traditional authorities inhibit and deter mandated safeguards for the rights and entitlements of women, girls and marginalized groups. CFAR will implement a project beginning in January 2020 to reduce GBV by aiding communities to access and benefit GBV prevention and response services by:1) promoting effective citizen demand for and participation in ensuring a safe environment; 2) ensuring sufficient duty bearer capacity and sensitivity to uphold the rule-of-law and provide effective prevention and response services; and 3) establish effective coordination among service providers.
PROJECT TITLE: Strengthening the Capacity Of CSOs to Promote Transparency and Accountability in Public Procurement
CSO PARTNER: Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) of Malawi; African Institute for Corporate Citizenship/ (AICC); National Construction Industry Council (NCIC)
PROJECT COST: €705,500
CO-FUNDER: European Union
In December 2019, the European Union confirmed funding for a program in Malawi to enhance the capacity of CSOs to monitor public infrastructure procurement. The objectives of the program are to: (a) train and support CSOs to monitor public infrastructure procurement and analyze budget expenditures on public infrastructure; (b) ensure the Information Platform for Public Infrastructure (IPPI) is fully operationalized to enable compliance with regulations; and (c) promote dialog between duty bearers and CSOs aimed at improving performance in public infrastructure procurement.