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Executive summary, conclusions and recommendations for national integrity system

Jowitt, Anita L. (2014) Executive summary, conclusions and recommendations for national integrity system. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    Corruption is rarely an isolated phenomenon found only within a specific institution, sector or group of actors. It is usually of a systemic nature and fighting it requires a holistic and all-encompassing strategy. This is why Transparency International developed the concept of National Integrity System (NIS) assessments in 2001. To date, assessments have been completed in more than 100 countries around the world, including in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa. The purpose of a National Integrity System assessment is to assess systemic corruption risks faced by a country and produce a set of recommendations on how to mitigate those risks in the future. Those recommendations can then be used by actors in civil society, government and the private sector for promoting integrity and creating defences against corruption in the country. In order to be effective and sustained, the prevention of corruption must be considered a responsibility of leaders and communities in all areas of society; it is task that falls on many rather than any one individual. In 2013, Transparency International Vanuatu commenced a National Integrity System assessment. This is the third National Integrity System assessment that has been done in Vanuatu, with previous assessments occurring in 2004 and 2006. The assessment focuses on an evaluation of the key public institutions and non-state actors in a country’s governance system with regard to (1) their overall capacity, (2) their internal governance systems and procedures, and (3) their role in the overall integrity system. The assessment examines both the formal legal framework of each pillar and the actual institutional practice. The analysis highlights discrepancies between the formal provisions and reality on the ground, making it clear where there are gaps in the integrity system. The assessment process in Vanuatu has been consultative and has involved key stakeholders. An advisory board was established and has met regularly. Interviews with key stakeholders, public meetings and the publication of discussion papers have all been used to widely engage people. In May key stakeholders met together to finalise the recommendations. All discussions have been constructive and well attended by most stakeholders, who appeared to place high importance on the dialogue. It is Transparency International’s hope that the Vanuatu assessment will generate a set of concrete recommendations for the island’s key institutions and local actors to pursue in order to strengthen transparency, accountability and integrity. It should also provide a set of good governance benchmarks for the citizens of Vanuatu to hold their government and elected officials to account through public dialogue, policy engagement and voting.

    Item Type: Other
    Subjects: J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
    K Law > K Law (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Law
    Depositing User: Repo Editor
    Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 16:46
    Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 14:48
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8055
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