European Neighbourhood South Region: National Integrity Systems

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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.

Who’s involved

European Neighbourhood South NIS assessments and advocacy are being carried out by our chapters and partners in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. The project is funded by the European Commission in two phases, running from March 2013 to February 2016.

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.  

Timeline and results

  • March 2013: Transparency International launched the first phase of this ENS  National Integrity System project in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine
  • March 2014: The second phase of the project began, bringing in Jordan, Libya and Tunisia.
  • Mid-2015: NIS reports for Egypt, Morocco, Palestine and Lebanon were launched
  • End of 2014 – early 2015 – Extensive advocacy actions are conducted in six countries and at the regional level to push for legislative anti-corruption reform tackling the weakness of national integrity systems in the region
  • Early 2016: launch of the NIS regional report
  • May 2013 - February 2016: Public consultations, meetings and advocacy actions to advance discussion and promote reform to strengthen national integrity systems.

Read the reports launched in Egypt, Lebanon, MoroccoPalestine and Libya.


Contact info

Agatino Camarda, Project Coordinator

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Topic - Civil society   |   Governance   |   Judiciary   |   Law enforcement   |   Media   |   Politics and government   |   Private sector   |   Public services   |   Surveys   

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