UNDP's anti-corruption for development initiative gathers innovators from 14 countries
What do the use of text messages to crowdsource corruption information, establishing citizens' accountability forums to review development plans and digitizing scholarship data to increase school enrolment of girls all have in common?
They’re among 14 anti-corruption initiatives that innovators from Asia and the Pacific have been pitching to a panel of judges for a chance to be funded by UNDP’s Social Innovation Initiative.
A joint effort of UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN) and the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC), the Social Innovation Initiative will announce its awardees during an ongoing Regional Dialogue on "Transparency, Accountability and Voices against Corruption” that ends in Thailand this week.
Poor governance and discrimination remain key development challenges despite the high economic growth in many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Elodie Beth Seo, regional anti-corruption adviser at UNDP’s regional centre.
The Fund intends to encourage UNDP country offices and partnering NGOs to come up with innovations that address corruption in a way that reduces poverty.
So far, country offices and partnering NGOs from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam have pitched for a chance to win the US$50,000 that would allow them to pilot their projects.
At least three initiatives will be selected to receive the grant, and awardees will be announced on June 13th, the final day of the Regional Dialogue on "Transparency, Accountability and Voices against Corruption" Bangkok.
About 70 participants from 27 countries are attending the dialogue. They include representatives from UNDP country offices in Asia-Pacific and headquarters, delegates from national anti-corruption agencies, as well as representatives from non-government organizations and development partners.
Ahead of the Regional Dialogue, a ‘Knowledge Fair’ on 11 June saw participants showcase their transparency, accountability, and anticorruption initiatives.