Southeast Asia Anti-Corruption Platform

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United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)

With the start-up of the UNCAC review mechanism in 2010 came an important new channel for civil society engagement in anti-corruption efforts. To facilitate contributions by CSOs to the review process, UNODC, the UNCAC Coalition and Transparency International have provided a number of trainings and workshops.

In order to promote collaboration between CSOs and facilitate the identification of partners, the UNCAC Coalition Southeast Asia Anti-Corruption Platform provides the possibility to:

  • explore by country the profiles and contact details of a number of CSOs in the region doing UNCAC-related work, including CSOs that attended trainings and multi-stakeholder workshops on UNCAC and its Review Mechanism,
  • learn from other CSOs in the region about their involvement in UNCAC implementation and its Review Mechanism, including their contributions, obstacles they encountered, lessons learned and best practices they came up with, and
  • get updates on the status of the reviews in their countries and the contribution of CSOs to those reviews.
UNODC Anti-Corruption Activities in Southeast Asia
Fast-tracking Implementation of UNCAC for Economic and Social Development in Southeast Asia in Bangkok
31st January – 3rd February 2017

Representatives from government ministries, anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies, prosecution services, state audit institutions, public procurement agencies and financial intelligence units from eight ASEAN countries converged on a workshop to fast-track the implementation of the UNCAC in Southeast Asia.

The fast-tracking workshop agreed on recommendations as a result of the four days of work. The recommendations agreed upon were:

  • Strengthen the capacities for detecting, investigating and prosecuting corruption at the national and international level;
  • Prevent money laundering, prevent and detect the transfer of proceeds of crime and recover stolen assets; and,
  • Prevent corruption and enhancing transparency and accountability of public services.

Representatives of civil society organisations agreed on the following recommendations for action by states acting at ASEAN and national levels. CSOs’ contributions in advance of the workshop regarding proposed actions in the UNCAC are available to read here. This e-platform represents the follow up to one of the proposed actions for CSO engagement on the UNCAC.

Statements

Roundtable Discussion: The Role of Open Data for Anti-Corruption in Thailand
8th February 2018

A joint initiative between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (UNODC ROSEAP), the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT), and the SIAM Lab at Chulalongkorn University brought together representatives from governments, civil society, the private sector, and international organizations. The Roundtable Discussion focused on the Role of Open Data for Anti-Corruption in Thailand, and discussed practical applications of open data in the fight against corruption in Southeast Asia.

Such initiatives include OpenCorporates, a free database of corporate data containing the records of over 97 million companies. Everypolitician provides the records of over 60,000 politicians and more than 230 companies, data which has been crowdsourced from numerous digital open data sources. Additionally, OpenOil, a likewise initiative, offers free access to over one million company fillings as they relate to the oil, gas and mining industries.

Transparency and accountability are two of the key themes of the UNCAC, which was presented alongside other international standards and frameworks by ROSEAP. Specifically, Chapter 2 of the UNCAC on “Prevention” clearly supports and promotes greater access to information, including through open data. The UNCAC review mechanism is currently measuring Thailand’s progress against the provisions of Chapter 2, and the Roundtable was an opportunity for civil society to contribute, and assess what more could be done in terms of open data, in particular keeping existing databases updated and creating new sources of open data through processes of digitalization.

View more information on the UNODC’s anti-corruption activities in Southeast Asia.

Civil Society Anti-Corruption Activities in ASEAN

Government leaders from ASEAN and their dialogue partners convene for the ASEAN Summit, last year being the 31st Summit which met in the Philippines in November 2017, and the 32nd Summit which met in April 2018 in Singapore. The role of civil society in these summits is limited to short speaking points at the tail end of the conference and it is the will of this platform to see a promotion of civil society in these conference, particularly speaking out against corruption.

In this spirit, civil society organize an ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum which coincides with the ASEAN summit. This conference aims to raise issues which are, in the view of civil society, being overlooked or not dealt with effectively. It is a platform for CSOs to engage ASEAN member states and mechanisms, on issues such as good governance, democratic governance, human rights and fundamental freedoms. The meeting released a joint statement with recommendations for the ASEAN Leaders, with the long-term aim that the voices of civil society are taken into account during important decision-making.

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