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Changing the Culture of Abandoned Rural Projects: Empowering Communities to Tackle Corruption in Development Projects

“Empowering Communities to Tackle Corruption in Development Projects: IGI Discusses New Approaches with Public Procurement Minister of Cameroon”

Undercutting Corruption in Rural Development Infrastructure Projects: IGI meets with Minister of State at the Presidency, charged with Public Procurement, to discuss new approaches of empowering citizens to tackle corruption and delays in the realization of public investment budget projects

Highlight of Meeting with the Honorable Minister of State at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon in charge of Public Contracts [MINMAP].

 

At about 11: 15 Cameroon time, the Minister of State at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon in charge of Public Contracts, together with his Secretary General, the President of the Ministry’s Anti-Corruption Unit and other senior collaborators received the International Delegation of International Governance Institute led by its Chair, Paul New and its Resident Country Representative to Cameroon-Stephen Asek.

The Ministry of Public Contracts through its regional delegation in the South West Region is one of the early government institutions aside from the National Anti-Corruption Commission [CONAC], which has benefited enormously from IGI’s technical support and programs. The Regional Delegate for Public Contracts for the South West Region therefore joined the IGI delegations and discussions that ensued at the meeting last Tuesday 28th November, 2017 at the Ministry’s headquarters  in Yaounde.

Having worked with this ministerial department in the past, IGI has identified a number of areas and interventions  wherein it had to discuss closely with the honorable Minister of State and his collaborators; and thereby pursue a common direction in tackling the challenges identified. The Minister expressed his gratitude to IGI and maintained, that despite numerous measures taken to address dysfunctionalities in the public contracts sector, more needs to be done to improve integrity, fight corruption, reduce delay and waste of resources in the delivery of public contracts across the country.

Four areas of program support and technical assistance by the International Governance Institute was therefore expounded. The Minister then accorded his endorsement and commitment to continue working with IGI team and expertise towards a procurement sector where stakeholders live and work with integrity.

Areas of collaboration and assistance to be commenced by 2018 has been elaborated as follows: 

From 2018-2022 through the joint cooperation with the Ministry of Public Contracts, IGI will deliver the following programs and projects to address a number of challenges identified:

Technical Assistance: Component 1 [2018-2020]

  • The Digitization of the Public Investment Budgets Logbook via Mobile Technologies and Website; facilitating Community follow up of their BIP projects. This work has already commenced with the pilot phase of the digitization of the Public Investment Budget and training of communities to monitor and provide feedback on the Public Investment Budget project execution within their communities using IGI’s tech-tool BEPROMAP. See www.bepromap.com for the program main site and BEPROMAP Mobile app downloadable on google play store here.
  • Organization of community awareness campaigns and meetings with beneficiaries of BIP projects contained in the logbook. The goal is to promote engagement and participation of the population in monitoring of Public Investment Budget Projects in Rural Cameroon
  • Education of Community Leaders to Follow up with project owners to prepare tender files early for their respective projects
  • Training and establishment of community monitoring groups; ensuring participation of community leaders during project installation exercise and project delivery; the goal is to ensure and promote community ownership and participation in monitoring timely execution of local development projects

Technical Assistance: Component 2 [2018-2022]

  • Bi-Annual Capacity Building of MINMAP’s Anti-Corruption and Ethics Promotion Unit on Advanced Anti-Corruption Studies & Corruption Risk Assessment and Management Tools. Covering the following subjects:
  1. The Concept of Corruption
  2. Capacity Building in Asset Recovery & Corruption Investigations [Pre-investigation, Investigation, Prosecution and Repatriation of stolen funds];
  3. Corruption and Development
  4. Anti-Corruption Interventions & Institutional Social Audit Tools,
  5. Corruption Prevention and Digital Technologies
  6. Corruption & Public Service Efficiency Monitoring Tools
  7. Organizational Culture & Ethical Development
  8. Development & Implementation of Organizational Codes of Conduct
  9. Development of a Corruption Prevention Plan
  • Staff Capacity Building and Continuous Professional Skill Development for Senior Management Staff [SMS] at MINMAP’s Central Services on Public Service Governance and Advanced Government Business Management [With -CPD Certifications offered by IGI]
  • Regional and Divisional MINMAP’s Staff: Capacity Building and Continuous Professional Skill Development vis a vis their functions on Public Service Integrity, Government Business Management and Public Procurement Corruption Prevention and Risk Management [With -CPD Certifications offered by IGI].

Technical Assistance: Component 3 [2018-2022]

  • Promoting Service Delivery Effectiveness: Organize Knowledge Sharing and Learning Workshops for MINMAP’s Stakeholders [Contractors and Contracting Authorities]
  • Learning and Exchanges on Corruption and Development
  • Best Public Procurement Practices, Codes of Conduct, Project Management and Business Ethics

The above areas of intervention and technical assistance will form the basis of collaboration and cooperation between International Governance Institute and the Ministry of Public Contracts for the period 2018 to 2022.

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