Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), the National chapter of the leading global movement against corruption, is seeking individuals to join its team as (1). Project Officer, Open Government Partnership (2). Volunteer Task Force – Integrity Idol 2018

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Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is extremely concerned over amended provisions in the gazetted National Audit Bill. There are three major areas of concern – 1. the surcharge powers, being the power to recover monies related to any … Read More

On the 27th February 2018 a training program on RTI was conducted for the Information officers, Designated Officers and other officials from various public authorities … Read More

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) calls upon all political parties, the Elections Commission of Sri Lanka (ECSL) and … Read More

Sri Lanka has failed to show significant improvement in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017, released by Transparency International, the global movement against corruption. The … Read More

Upon scrutinizing the results of the concluded elections to Local Government Authorities (LGA), Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has discovered that at least 160 of … Read More

Tomorrow (3rd February 2018) marks one year since the Right to Information (RTI) Act became operational in Sri Lanka. While there remain challenges to overcome, … Read More

Ample opportunity to hold debate before 8th Feb
Only judicial mechanism can ensure justice & accountability on Bond & PRECIFAC reports
Media Organisations facing a coverage dilemma
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Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), whilst encouraged by His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena’s expressed commitment to implement the recommendations contained in the report of the … Read More

VACANCIES

Program Assistant – Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (ALAC)
Legal Research Assistant – Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (ALAC)
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer (MEL Officer)
Right to Information – Field/Coordination Officer

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TERMS OF REFERENCE

Call for proposals – Integrity Idol 2017 – Marketing and Communication Plan
Calling quotations for transport services within Sri Lanka
TERMS OF REFERENCE – UK Anti-Corruption Summit Commitment Tracker

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internships –ALAC
Communications Intern

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WHAT IS CORRUPTION?

1. HOW DO YOU DEFINE CORRUPTION?

Generally speaking as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain”. Corruption can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.
Grand corruption consists of acts committed at a high level of government that distort policies or the central functioning of the state, enabling leaders to benefit at the expense of the public good. Petty corruption refers to everyday abuse of entrusted power by low- and mid-level public officials in their interactions with ordinary citizens, who often are trying to access basic goods or services in places like hospitals, schools, police departments and other agencies.
Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth. See animated definitions of many corruption terms in our Anti-corruption Glossary.

2. WHAT IS TRANSPARENCY?

Transparency is about shedding light on rules, plans, processes and actions. It is knowing why, how, what, and how much. Transparency ensures that public officials, civil servants, managers, board members and businesspeople act visibly and understandably, and report on their activities. And it means that the general public can hold them to account. It is the surest way of guarding against corruption, and helps increase trust in the people and institutions on which our futures depend. See how transparency can defeat corruption in a range of areas.

3. WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF CORRUPTION?

Corruption impacts societies in a multitude of ways. In the worst cases, it costs lives. Short of this, it costs people their freedom, health or money. The cost of corruption can be divided into four main categories: political, economic, social and environmental.
On the political front, corruption is a major obstacle to democracy and the rule of law. In a democratic system, offices and institutions lose their legitimacy when they’re misused for private advantage. This is harmful in established democracies, but even more so in newly emerging ones. It is extremely challenging to develop accountable political leadership in a corrupt climate.
Economically, corruption depletes national wealth. Corrupt politicians invest scarce public resources in projects that will line their pockets rather than benefit communities, and prioritise high-profile projects such as dams, power plants, pipelines and refineries over less spectacular but more urgent infrastructure projects such as schools, hospitals and roads. Corruption also hinders the development of fair market structures and distorts competition, which in turn deters investment.
Corruption corrodes the social fabric of society. It undermines people’s trust in the political system, in its institutions and its leadership. A distrustful or apathetic public can then become yet another hurdle to challenging corruption.
Environmental degradation is another consequence of corrupt systems. The lack of, or non-enforcement of, environmental regulations and legislation means that precious natural resources are carelessly exploited, and entire ecological systems are ravaged. From mining, to logging, to carbon offsets, companies across the globe continue to pay bribes in return for unrestricted destruction.

4. WHAT DO YOU DO TO FIGHT CORRUPTION?

Our three guiding principles are: build partnerships, proceed step-by-step and stay non-confrontational. We have learned from experience that corruption can only be kept in check if representatives from government, business and civil society work together to develop standards and procedures they all support. We also know that corruption can’t be rooted out in one big sweep. Rather, fighting it is a step-by-step, project-by-project process. Our non-confrontational approach is necessary to get all relevant parties around the negotiating table.

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