Towards Transparency (TT)

Towards Transparency

Country: Vietnam
Website: towardstransparency.vn
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Mission and vision

Our mission: To reduce corruption in Vietnam by increasing demand and promoting measures for transparency, accountability and integrity in government, business and civil society at large.

General description of the CSO work in governance and anti-corruption area

TT delivers the following key areas of work:

  • Ensuring Anti-corruption legislation meets international standards and being reinforced
  • Building Vietnam’s young generation of integrity
  • Promoting Business Integrity (MNCs and Top 20 listed companies practice and report on international anti-corruption standards)
  • Advocating (together with a CSOs coalition) Vietnam to join Open Government Partnership (OGP)

Our interventions methods and approach:

  • TT promotes concrete solutions to improve transparency, accountability and integrity, with a particular focus on strengthening the voice and participation of wider society in anti-corruption efforts. Grounded by evidence from high–quality research and internationally recognized practices and tools, we work to adapt these resources to Vietnam’s context and its national anti-corruption strategy.
  • We undertake our work in partnership and cooperation with diverse stakeholders from government agencies, civil society, businesses community and mass media.

Specific description of the CSO work in connection with the UNCAC

TT monitors Vietnam’s implementation of UNCAC: In support of the Government of Vietnam’s self-assessment of the implementation of UNCAC, in 2011, TT conducted a shadow report

TT provides technical inputs into the Anti-corruption Law (being revised at the moment) and the recently approved Law on Access to Information to ensure Vietnam Anti-corruption legislation meets international standards and commitments as a signatory of UNCAC, while carefully accounting for local specific context.


Organisation Mission

TT’s mission is to contribute to national efforts in promoting transparency, accountability and integrity towards a corruption-free society.

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We want to become the leading advocacy organisation and civil society voice on anti-corruption in Vietnam.

How did member get involved in the Coalition?

TT first got involved in the UNCAC Coalition around the time we began supporting the UNCAC review process which kicked off in Vietnam in early 2011. We had heard about the UNCAC Coalition through the TI network and joined in order to improve networking and information sharing with other organisations undertaking similar work on UNCAC.

What do you find most exciting about UNCAC work?

Our work on UNCAC (particularly the UNCAC review process) provided us with a very clear overview of the existing legal framework and comprehensive analysis of the key gaps and loopholes in anti-corruption legislation and policies in Vietnam. This has allowed us to identify where we should prioritise and focus our wider organisational efforts, ultimately enabling us to develop more strategic and constructive directions in our work.

Vietnamese delegations attending the 4th UNCAC COSP in Morocco. See activity 3 below.

What, if any, UNCAC-related activities have you been involved in?

  1. Produced a civil society shadow report assessing Vietnam’s implementation of UNCAC. Our report was very well received, with a number of findings incorporated into the Government’s self-assessment report. The report is available in the link provided below.
  2. Participated in a meeting with UNCAC country peer reviewers from Lebanon and Italy.
  3. Supported Vietnamese journalists and academics to attend the 4th UNCAC COSP and facilitated production of increased media coverage improving public awareness on the Government’s implementation of UNCAC.
  4. Conducted policy advocacy to improve Vietnam’s implementation of UNCAC Articles 32 and 33 on protection of victims, witnesses and reporting persons through the strengthening of Vietnam’s Anti-Corruption Law and Denunciation Law and Decree.
  5. Participated in the UNCAC Implementation Review Group briefing for CSO’s and CSO advocacy workshop (organised by the UNCAC Coalition).

What UNCAC-related activities/work are you most looking forward to?

TT is currently preparing to use the findings from the review process to produce an UNCAC implementation monitoring tool. This tool will then be used as a baseline for our future monitoring and advocacy activities on UNCAC implementation.

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Global civil society network promoting the implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)