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Support of Anti-corruption Activities in Georgia

 

Transparency International – Czech Republic, 2010

Implemented by: Transparency International – Czech Republic

Partner organization: Transparency International – Georgia (TIG)

Financial contribution of MZV: 749.791 CZK

The aim of the project was the support of NGOs and public activities in restraining corruption and increasing transparency of public administration in Georgia. The way to fulfill this aim was to strengthen a capacity of Transparency International – Georgia (TIG) in the area of providing legal advice services to persons affected by corrupt behavior of public officials and encourage representatives of public administration and journalists in cooperation with TIG on the field of fight against corruption.

The project was realized as a follow-up of results and experience achieved in the project “Implementation of Anti-corruption Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) in Georgia“ which was funded by MFA in 2009 and led to establishment ofAnti-corruption Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) within TIG.

During the first year of this two-year project one study trip of TIG staff to the Czech Republic and two visits of TIC representatives to Georgia were organized. Distant consultations via email were taking place throughout the year. 

The study trip to the Czech Republic enabled the TIG-ALAC staff to meet broader circle of TIC staff and cooperators and gain in depth knowledge of TIC activities, including active critical cooperation with public administration. Participants of both teams exchanged their experience with usage of various legal tools in both countries and analyzed concrete cases.  The TIG staff was also trained in technical (non-legal) methods and standards of ALAC work, e.g. in approach to clients, personal data protection or PR activities.  

During two visits of TIC representatives the seminars for both journalists and representatives of public administration were organized. Journalists learnt about advantage of cooperation with NGOs in demanding transparency and free access to information as well as in detecting corruption issues. The second seminar was dedicated to public procurement and was targeted on leading staff coping with acquisitionprocess in Public Procurement Agency and in key ministries. Anti-corruption seminar for students of public administration was held as well.

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