Promoting good governance through preventive civic education activities to curb corruption in Timor-Leste
Addressing corruption in the Timorese context requires a multi-pronged strategy to raise general community awareness of the problem and create public pressure to make public officials more accountable for their actions and to the public. This initiative, implemented by CEPAD in the period 2018-2021, focuses on two specific objectives: 1) public servants act in accordance with laws, rules, institutions and ethics in preventing and combating KKN; and 2) citizens make sure of their rights to access public information and to prevent and mitigate KKN. The initiative encompasses civic education and public information activities with the Timorese public and public servants in various Ministries, including Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of State Administration, Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Customs Authority under the Ministry of Finance. Key activities of the initiative include the production of a Training Manual on the prevention of corruption in the public sector, interactive dialogues with public servants, a nation-wide media campaign and community-level awareness-raising activities, and the establishment of an Advisory Group to support advocacy efforts on anti-corruption at the national level. The initiative seeks to promote and inspire greater ethical value and commitment to anti-corruption efforts across the society, eventually leading to greater accountability and transparency within the public sector.