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Anti-corruption efforts need public participation in order to succeed

Update: December, 24/2014 - 08:42
Anti-corruption initiatives can only succeed with support from the people, participants at a conference heard yesterday. — Photo baothanhtra

HA NOI (VNS) — Anti-corruption initiatives can only succeed with support from the people, participants at a conference heard yesterday.

The Government Inspectorate held the conference in co-ordination with the World Bank to review the results of the 24 anti-corruption initiatives that earned spots in the 2013 Viet Nam Anti-Corruption Initiative Programme.

Nguyen Huu Loc, deputy head of the Government Inspectorate's International Co-operation Department, said local people were able to participate in many of the initiatives, allowing their voices to be heard in local governments.

VACI 2013 awarded nearly VND7 billion worth of funding for carrying out the initiatives, with 17 per cent of the projects implemented by state agencies and 29 per cent by non-profit organisations.

More than half of the projects were implemented in northern mountainous provinces such as Ha Giang and Hoa Binh.

However, participants agreed that many projects did not calculate risks during implementation. The lack of co-ordination with local authorities was another major hurdle.

Ngo Manh Hung, deputy head of the Department of Corruption Fighting, Government Inspectorate, said there must be a mechanism to ensure long-term co-operation between relevant agencies and stakeholders so that these initiatives could be expanded at the local level after the programme ended.

Viet Nam Anti – Corruption Initiatives (VACI) has financed 77 initiatives since it was launched in 2011. Nineteen proposals were chosen for VACI 2014, themed "More transparency, integrity and accountability." — VNS

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