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OECD and Transparency International Publish Directory of Anti-Corruption Programmes in Central & Eastern Europe

Transparency International (TI) and the OECD have produced a directory of national and international anti-corruption programmes operating in Central and Eastern Europe. The directory, which is the first of its kind on the Internet, is user-friendly and will be fully searchable in future. It is conceived as a unique reference guide for those involved in the struggle against corruption, including donors, governments, NGOs, journalists, businesses, trade unions, academics and researchers. It is also intended to facilitate the exchange of information on and experiences of anti-corruption work, and to improve donor co-ordination.

Thirteen countries in Central and Eastern Europe are covered in the forty-page directory: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. It includes programmes which are sponsored by multilateral organisations and operating within these countries.

TI is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both international and national corruption. It aims to bring together people of integrity in civil society, business and government to build coalitions in order to bring about systemic reforms. Among TI’s awareness-raising activities is publication of the annual "Corruption Perceptions Index", which receives wide press and media coverage. This index ranks 85 countries around the world and draws on numerous surveys reflecting both experts’ and the general public’s perception of the extent of corruption in the respective countries.

The Anti-Corruption Directory is an updated version of a working document researched in 1997. It is based upon various research and interviews. This version has been compiled by Donald Bowser, a Programme Officer at the TI Secretariat in Berlin, Germany. The project has been carried out in collaboration with SIGMA, a joint initiative of the OECD and the European Union, principally financed by the EU’s Phare Programme.

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