Anti-corruption message taken to the Western District
Communities in the western district will be encouraged to think about the causes of corruption and how to combat it in grass-roots workshops being delivered by Transparency International (TI) Fiji this week.
TI Fiji’s Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) staff will be delivering interactive workshops in Lautoka and Ba from Wednesday 25 July. Small communities that have previously expressed interest in hosting TI Fiji will be introduced to the causes and effects of corruption, and will be asked to consider ways of responding to any encounters with corruption.
Led by Ms Davina Chan, TI Fiji’s ALAC Programme Director, workshop participants will learn about the different forms of corruption and the national and international laws that prohibit corrupt practices. Participants will think about how corruption can adversely affect their lives and their communities, and learn how they can respond individually and collectively to address corruption if they face it.
Ms Chan says that the focus of the workshops is about empowerment. “Some people may feel that they can’t respond to or report corruption if they encounter it. Or they may regard some practices as acceptable because that’s just the ways things usually operate. They also may not be aware of the long-term damage and destructiveness of corruption. TI Fiji’s workshops are all about making people aware, and providing advice on how they can say ‘no’ to corruption,” Ms Chan said.
Five separate workshops will be delivered by TI Fiji over three days as part of a regular outreach programme provided by TI Fiji’s ALAC to provide advice and assistance to rural based communities. TI Fiji’s ALAC provides free legal advice for victims and witnesses of corruption, and it assists with corruption-related complaints. Since its establishment in Fiji in 2009, ALAC has been acutely aware of the need to engage with rural communities and villages, where residents have told TI Fiji that they often do not know who to direct their questions and enquiries to.
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