The Transparency International Secretariat (TIS) has funded TI chapters in the Asia Pacific Department (APD) to carry out programme activities that will lead to effective and accountable governance for sustainable development.
There are four areas of focus for the APD funding, they are; Enhanced Social Accountability and Role of Civil Society, Strengthened Anti-Corruption Legislation, Strengthened Enforcement of Anti-Corruption Mechanisms and lastly Enabling Impact.
TIPNG has chosen to work within 3 of the aforementioned action areas over the course of 2018 & 2019 to combat impunity for the corrupt, which is the overarching aim of the implementation of the APD grant in Papua New Guinea.
Local Level Government (LLG) Accountability Workshops
Under Goal 1 of the APD Accountability Programme, which is Enhanced Social Accountability & Role of Civil Society, TIPNG will work with partners and communities to strengthen accountability of decision making and planning at the level of Wards and LLGs in PNG.
The activity was initially envisioned as a series of workshops in 3 LLGs across 3 of PNG’s regions (NGI, Highlands & Momase) which would happen both prior to and after the scheduled 2018 LLG Elections. The first round of workshops as planned, would cover the core concepts of Ward Planning & Budgeting at the LLGs & Wards and also explain key concepts of accountable leadership.
While materials for TIPNG’s School Based Civic Education (SBCE) Programme would be referenced and used, a key part of the workshop would be presentations by facilitators from the Consultative and Implementation Monitoring Council and the Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs, on budget planning and implementation respectively.
Awareness on the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Bill
Goal 2 of the APD Grant is to enable strengthened anti-corruption Legislation, with the most prominent legislation in PNG in this regard being the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). While TIPNG has been championing the ICAC since its foundation, the proposed Bill is yet to be enacted.
In 2017 TIPNG assisted the Attorney’ General to stage a seminar at University of Papua New Guinea, on the issuet hat are around the proposed ICAC Bill. There was a clear desire by participants at the seminar for wider and more thorough consultation. TIPNG has volunteered to assist the Attorney General’s to disseminate the key ICAC information, such as a full page advert with simplified explanation of the different sections of the Bill to be publish in full in the newspaper.
Sub-national Lands Complaints Desk
The Lands Department’s Fraud & Complaints Desk has also been something that TIPNG worked closely with when the office was established in 2014 at the behest of the Advocacy & Legal Advice Centre (ALAC). The Desk is part of the Department and assists with complaints about officers from the Department. Unfortunately, the Desk is only available in NCD, so TIPNG will be working closely with the Department to bring the Lands Complaints Desk to other parts of the country.