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Sri Lanka’s second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP) was passed by the Cabinet on the 22nd of January 2019. This document was created by both Government Officials and Civil Society members.

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[Standing (L-R) 1. Mr. B.K.P. Chandrakeeerthi – Director General, Coast Conservation Department, 2. Dr. T. Sathiyamoorthy – Director, Jaffna Teaching Hospital, 3. Ms. P.A.C. Priyadarshani – Principal, … Read More

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) today launched the 2019 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) report for Sri Lanka. The Global Corruption Barometer is the world’s largest … Read More

ශ්‍රී  ලංකාවේ  ඕනෑම රජයක් බලයට පත් වීමට පෙර දෙනු ලබන ඉතා ජනප්‍රිය  දේශපාලන පොරොන්දුවකි ”හොරු ඇල්ලීම සහ හොරකම වංචාව තුරන් කිරීමයි”. මෙය සෑම සංවර්ධනය වෙමින් … Read More

අපරාධයන්ගෙන් උපයාගත් දේපල පිලිබඳ නීතිමය රාමුව පිළිබඳව විශ්ලේෂණාත්මක වාර්තාවක් ට්‍රාන්ස්පේරන්සි ඉන්ටනැෂනල් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආයතනය විසින් පසුගිය දා නිකුත් කරනු ලැබීය. මෙම විශ්ලේෂණාත්මක වාර්තාව “අපරාධවලින් උපයාගත් … Read More

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Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is calling on the Elections Commission of Sri Lanka (ECSL), to pursue prosecutions against individuals and parties who have committed … Read More

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has drawn the attention of the Elections Commission to the use of helicopters owned by the Sri Lanka Air Force … Read More

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VACANCIES

Programme Officer & Programme Assistant – Open Government Partnership
Program Officer – Communications
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

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TERMS OF REFERENCE

Animated Video on Women’s Representation in Parliament.
Animated Video on Sexual Bribery
TERMS OF REFERENCE – Development of Online Tracker for the 2nd National Action Plan of the Open Government Partnership
Call for Proposals – Video on grand corruption for social media and web platforms

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internships –ALAC
Internship – Programme for the Protection of Resources

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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.