|Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Country Director in Viet Nam, noted that the fight against corruption mattered to everyone –not only the Government, but also the private sector, civil society and the population at large.—VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Anti-Corruption Initiative Programme (VACI) 2014, co-organised by the Government Inspectorate, the World Bank and other donors, was officially launched in Ha Noi yesterday.
The programme supports the implementation of innovative ideas at the grassroots level to strengthen transparency, public integrity and accountability and reduce corruption.
Addressing the ceremony, Government Deputy Chief Inspector Nguyen Van Thanh stressed that community participation in the fight against corruption was very important.
Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Country Director in Viet Nam, noted that the fight against corruption mattered to everyone –not only the Government, but also the private sector, civil society and the population at large.
"VACI is an attempt to help Vietnamese civil society and the population do their part in the fight against corruption," she said.
The programme consists of two major components: a funding competition for innovative projects and a forum for sharing knowledge about the legal framework and other issues relating to the theme of strengthening transparency and public integrity.
Entries for the Viet Nam Anti-Corruption Initiative Programme Competition, in Vietnamese or English, can be sent to the organiser until March 21, 2014. Other details and entry requirements can be found on or .
The first round of selection for the Innovation Competition will be held in April and the final round and Knowledge Exchange will take place in May in Ha Noi.
At least 20 prizes will be awarded to the most innovative and feasible proposals. A total of VND6 billion (nearly US$3,000) will be offered in grant money.
In the first VACI programme, organised in 2011, 160 proposals were submitted and the 34 best received awards. — VNS