The 9th December has been designated as the International Anti-Corruption Day by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) when it adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on 31 October 2003. It is an annual event organized by the UN to raise people’s awareness about the costs of corruption and the role of UNCAC in preventing and fighting it.
Since 2009, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have worked together to use International Anti-Corruption Day as a vehicle to raise awareness about corruption and launch a ‘call for action’ against corruption through public campaigns.
Corruption affects everyone. It threatens sustainable economic development, ethical values and justice; it destabilizes our society and endangers the rule of law. Corruption undermines the institutions and values of our democracy. For the poor, women and minorities, corruption means even less access to jobs, justice or any fair and equal opportunity. Many acts of corruption deprive our citizens of their constitutional and their human rights. Therefore, taking action against corruption will also be crucial in achieving all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 16.
On the occasion of the 2016 International Anti-Corruption Day, the joint UNDP- UNODC Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project is calling for Expressions of Interest from individuals or groups.
Would your group or organization like to develop an activity or campaign (be innovative!) to raise awareness in your community about the pervasive effects of corruption? If yes, you are encouraged to apply by designing activities/ campaigns for a small grant of up to US$ 3,000 (per country).
When submitting your Expression of Interest, please use the attached template and consider the following objectives:
1. The goal is to promote International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2016, so your proposal should include this day;
2. Use International Anti-Corruption Day to spread a message (i.e. corruption negatively affecting development, undermining democracy, leading to human rights violations, distorting markets and eroding quality of life), noting that you could also link the message to the Sustainable Development Goals (post-2015 agenda);
3. Engage a wider audience, including youth and women’s groups;
4. If possible, use social media and other multi-media tools (e.g. radio and short videos).
5. Be innovative (the more creative, the better)!
We further encourage activities that are designed to have a longer impact. For some ideas, see: http://www.anticorruptionday.org/; http://www.anti- corruption.org/index.php/en/advocacy/against-anti-corruption-today.