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Clever anti-corruption ideas engage public, win awards

Update: June, 13/2013 - 10:22

HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Anti-corruption Initiative Programme (VACI) 2013 handed out awards for 24 innovative ideas on how to tackle corruption.

Co-organised by the Vietnamese Government Inspectorate and the World Bank, VACI 2013 aims to seek and support the implementation of initiatives to encourage greater transparency, integrity, accountability and less corruption.

According to the World Bank, the winning projects stood out among the 130 entries submitted by various agencies and organisations, including socio-political groups, NGOs, universities, private sector firms and local authorities.

Each winning project will receive a grant up to VND300 million (US$14,400), based on its proposal to implement the idea in provinces nationwide. The total prize fund for this year's awards is VND6.6 billion ($316,800).

Inspector General Huynh Phong Tranh said some of the winning projects might be small initiatives, set to be implemented within 12 months by a State-run agency, a locality or an organisation.

"But, we fully trust that when the small initiatives have been successfully implemented, they will engage more community members in the fight against corruption," he said.

And the small initiatives were believed to effectively contribute to anti-corruption activities and solve issues relating to transparency, integrity and accountability in the community, he added.

Winner Nguyen Thi Phuong Anh, a third-year student at the Academy of Journalism and Communication, said her team's project was to run a website used to combat corruption in universities.

Anh said one lecturer told a recent conference how awkward he felt when students suddenly visited his house giving gifts and envelopes.

So, "our project aims to change the student mindset and show that they should focus on working hard to gain good marks instead of giving bribes to pass exams," she said.

Online forums were expected to be held for ideas exchanges between lecturers and students about tackling bribes at some universities in Ha Noi and Thai Nguyen Province, she added.

VACI 2013 was also co-sponsored by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Irish Aid, the Swedish Embassy and the UK Department for International Development (DFID-UK).

The programme was first held in 2011. — VNS

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