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 PTF’s global presence and notoriety in Europe. PTF e.V. will support PTF in its mission to provide advice and small grants to civil society organizations to engage citizens in actions to remove corruption in the public sector.
Widespread and systemic local corruption exaggerates the effects of existing poverty and frustrates ordinary citizens’ attempts to live in dignity. Since 2000, PTF has fought the debilitating effects of corruption on developing societies by leveraging its broad network of resources and expertise, to give local civil society leaders access to the resources they need – technical expertise, program tools, and project-specific grants to catalyze successful citizen-led change in communities suffering from corruption and abuse of power. The opening of a new office led by PTF e.V. chairman, Franz Kaps, is expected to qualify PTF e.V. and PTF at large to engage with anti-corruption and good governance programs launched by the European Commission and other European donors, thereby expanding activities and impact across the world.
“Over the coming weeks and months PTF e.V. will introduce itself as well as the entire PTF family to concerned European donors and explore ways and means how we can present ourselves as reliable partners to assist trustworthy CSOs in selected developing and emerging countries in anti-corruption and good governance programs in which PTF has a proven track record and a comparative advantage,” says Mr. Kaps. “PTF e.V. will closely cooperate with PTF in Washington and, whenever necessary, call upon its Advisers for anti-corruption projects for which it has secured funding.”
PTF e.V.’s volunteer Board of Directors currently includes 12 individuals with a mix of former German and non-German World Bank staff, residing in Germany, other European countries and the US, as well as some younger members with substantial experience in anti-corruption, compliance and good governance matters around the world, including with the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe).
PTF was established in 2000 with the goal of helping citizens fight corruption and meet citizen demand for good governance. We empower communities by partnering with local civil society organizations (CSOs) to pilot and grow projects that advance transparency, public accountability, good governance, and rule of law. PTF has collaborated with 130 civil society partners in 48 countries across Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America to complete 200 projects with $4.9 million in corresponding grants.