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European neighbourhood south region: National integrity systems

This project is now complete

This project was completed in 2016. For more information please contact [email protected]

What's at stake?

The people of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are reframing their relationship to their own governments and want to be an active partner in designing new constitutions, laws and policies. Changing the way governments run their administrations and making governments more accountable are imperatives in improving the economic and social fabric of society. Fighting corruption and promoting transparency are key elements in this equation, as corruption hinders institutional reforms and has a detrimental effect on the well-being of millions of people across the region.

What we're doing about it

In 2013 Transparency International began a National Integrity System (NIS) project in European Neighbourhood South countries. The National Integrity System assessment evaluates key ‘pillars’ in a country’s governance system, both in terms of their internal corruption risks and their contribution to fighting corruption in society at large. This provides civil society and the government with a roadmap of weaknesses in their governance system and helps to prioritise areas for reform.

After completing the assessments, we work with the government and other stakeholders on strengthening the National Integrity System. This typically involves advocacy for reform, technical assistance, or public education and awareness.

Our approach

Conducting in-depth, consultative research at the national level, our chapters and partners in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia will gain a systematic understanding of the weaknesses in the ability of their national integrity systems to fight corruption. Through research and extensive consultation with experts both working inside and outside the institutions assessed, our chapters and partners will develop tailor-made recommendations and solutions for addressing these weaknesses.

National meetings, workshops, campaigns and awareness-raising will be used by chapters and partners to then build on these findings and advocate for strengthening weak areas. Beyond this, the NIS assessments will act as a roadmap for longer-term chapter advocacy and national-level reform.

Common trends on the weaknesses of the national integrity systems will be captured in a regional report.

Funded by

European Commission