West Mobile Outreach Campaign
THERE is great interest from among grassroots women and youth in taking up the fight against corruption and a genuine zeal to know more about it and its adverse effects on citizens, especially the vulnerable and the poor.
This was evident from feedback received after Transparency International Fiji conducted its mobile outreach campaign in the Western Division between July 18-20, 2011.
During the outreach session, themed “Taking TI Fiji to the People”, networks and partnerships were created for possible future collaborative work and engagement between TI Fiji and Fiji’s rural communities.
The experience from the outreach sessions also provided a wealth of knowledge and information for future outreach campaigns in towns and regions outside Suva, where the TI Fiji secretariat is based.
Furthermore it helped create awareness of TI Fiji work in the area of anti-corruption and canvas support from communities in the west.
Recommendations from participants included the need to include rural people in more awareness initiatives.
Each session featured four presentations touching on TI Fiji work in general and its three current programmes, namely the Open Budget Initiative (OBI), the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) and the Youth Leadership, Advocacy and Civic Education (LACE) Programme.
The OBI is a programme whose objective is to ensure that the national budget processes, including inception, adoption and implementation, are transparent and accountable. It also empowers citizens to understand their roles in monitoring these processes and holding their leaders accountable.
ALAC provides citizens, especially victims and witnesses of corruption, with a safe and neutral space for receiving corruption-related complaints, giving free legal advice on options and assistance available to citizens and making referrals to relevant institutions and authorities after careful analysis and assessment.
LACE is a programme made possible through TI Fiji’s partnership with the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation. It works to empower youth populations and groups with necessary knowledge, skills and values for effective and voluntary participation in civic life.
Outreach sessions were organized in Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki. A similar exercise is being planned for the northern division, in upcoming weeks, to cover targeted groups in the provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata.
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