Country: Sierra Leone
Focal Point: Tamba Mondeh, National Coordinator
Tel: +23279 105 846/+23278 246 460/+23288 434 161/+23230 269 837
Photo of a successful training meeting held with staff of the ACC Office in Kono, December 2019
Mission and vision
Mission: We work to see a Corrupt Free Nation wherein public institutions can provide quality services to Sierra Leoneans in a transparent and accountable manner.
Vision: We are dedicated to integrating social and economic values through effective advocacy engagement and creating a pro-active healthy environment by ensuring that every citizens benefits from its national resources.
General description of the CSO’s work in anti-corruption
PAY NO BRIBE ANIMATORS SIERRA LEONE (PaNBA) S/L is a social accountability civil society organization non-political non-religious established on the 20th November 2018, by citizens who worked as Community Animators in the three year Pay No Bribe Campaign Project funded by DFID and implemented by ANTI- CORRUPTION COMMISSION and its Partners.
PaNBA S/L was formed to raise awareness on social and corruption related matters affecting local communities in Sierra Leone.
PaNBA S/L is registered with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development through the local councils in Bombali and Kono Districts.
Its offices are based in two headquarter towns in Sierra Leone (Bombali and Kono Districts).
Mandate and objectives
PaNBA S/L core mandate is to promote community accountability, transparency, good governance, community advocacy and service delivery. Our Mission and Vision advocate for equitable distribution of national resources and enhance effective service delivery in government institutions. Our approach over the years has been engagement with local and national authorities to influence decision in law-making towards accountability. We are also engaged in raising awareness on social accountability issues and corruption related matters in both public and private sectors. Effective monitoring of government agencies on service delivery has been our key focus, which we believe supports the fight against corruption.
The primary aim for the formation of PaNBA S/L is to create an advocacy forum through which social issues affecting our people in the community can be addressed.
The objectives of the organization include:
- Awareness raising on bribery and corruption in schools, health centers, police checkpoints, courts and local communities, among others.
- Engagement of government and community stakeholders to enhance accountability and transparency in service delivery.
- To promote gender equality, social equality, economic equality through collective awareness raising.
- Conduct research on social issues affecting local communities.
- Conduct periodic monitoring in schools as a means of support to the free quality education project.
- Create an advocacy network for the voiles and vulnerable through radio discussion and symposiums, community to community sensitization and debates etc.
- To undertake and implement development projects in the community to improve the socio-economic status of our people.
- To organize training workshops for students, parents and communities on the importance of fighting corruption.
- To strengthened and foster good relationship among schools through schools anti- violence campaign.
Specific description of the CSO work in relation to the UNCAC and the review mechanism of the UNCAC
PaNBA S/L core mandate is to promote community accountability, transparency, good governance, community advocacy and service delivery. Our Mission and Vision promote equitable distribution of national resources. Our approach over the years has been engagement with local and national authorities to influence decision in law-making towards accountability. We are also engaged in raising awareness on social accountability issues and corruption related matters in both public and private sectors. Effective monitoring of government agencies on service delivery has been our key focus, which we believe supports the fight against corruption. All of the above interventions are related to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) as enshrined in Article 13 of the Convention which emphasizes the crucial role of civil society towards fighting corruption and enhance transparency and accountability.
Previous Activities & Projects
Pay No Bribe Animators Sierra Leone staff and school pupils in Kono
Monitoring of school fee subsidies and the 2018-9 Development Plan (with assistance from the Sustainable Advocacy Network for Awareness and Development (SANAD) Project Sierra Leone and the Ministry Of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education (MBSSE)) – The MBSSE and PaNB S/L have worked closely to achieve high-quality education. In 2018-9 a piloted project was launched in four districts: Bombali, Kono, Karenna and Koinadugu. This pilot project was very successful, wherein principals and head teachers were actively monitored to ensure the proper use of school subsidies and to oversee the schools’ development plans. Upon completion of these exercises, many important issues were identified, ranging from improper use and poor state of school buildings and classrooms, to water and sanitation issues, which were reported to the Ministry for prompt action.
Tamba Mondeh, National Coordinator, administering the school fees monitoring template to the CPSS chairperson in Mile 91 Tonkolili District.
Grant support monitoring (with assistance from UNICEF Sierra Leone) – UNICEF Sierra Leone is a child-centered organization which works on different projects in Sierra Leone. PaNBA S/L was contracted to conduct independent monitoring of COVID-19 grant support given to vulnerable women, whose income was negatively impacted by the pandemic.
MONITORING 2020-2022: With funds from individual members and advisory board members, the organization has implemented projects on public examination malpractice, ethical accountability and transparency of elected and appointed public servants targeting district councils, local councillors and the civil servants. Another project, ‘Show Corruption a Red Card’ targeted community leaders, youth and school children to raise awareness on the negative effects of corruption to national development. It is observed by PaNBA S/L that eroded ethics among public servants is the main root of corruption and partly responsible for the lack of transparency and accountability.