Organization: Transparency International Cambodia
Name of Organization’s Representative: Pisey Pech
Which seat are you nominating for? East Asia, Central Asia and Pacific Regional Seat
Profile of Organization
Transparency International Cambodia is the national chapter of Transparency International (TI) in Cambodia and part of TI’s global anti-corruption movement that consists of independent national chapters in over 100 countries and an international Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin.
Founded in 2010 with a vision for a better Cambodia that is free of corruption, where the rule of law is strongly upheld, and people enjoy sustainable development and a quality of life, TI Cambodia has since built a strong institution arduously fighting corruption and promoting integrity, transparency and accountability, and become a leading anti-corruption organisation in Cambodia. Working closely with the government, development partners, CSOs, private sector, media, communities and the general public, TI Cambodia has successfully implemented its strategy phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 and has been executing its 2023-2025 Strategic Plan “Collective ACTIONS Against Corruption” focusing on three key priorities: 1) Public Resource Governance, 2) Rule of Law and Democratic Governance, and 3) Business Integrity and Level Playing Field.
Some impacts of TI Cambodia’s work include increased evidence-based reports on governance issues, enhanced public awareness and engagement in fiscal transparency and accountability, stronger social movement against corruption, increased business integrity and tax compliance, enhanced public institutions’ capability and better anti-corruption legislation.
TI Cambodia was elected as a Board member of the UNCAC Coalition in 2021 representing East Asia, Central Asia & Pacific Regional Seat to oversee the Secretariat’s works. TI Cambodia has been actively involving in the UNCAC review process in Cambodia. TI Cambodia was appointed by the Cambodian government as a steering committee member in charge of UNCAC’s first cycle review in Cambodia. TI Cambodia continued to engage in the second cycle review, providing inputs during the official country visit by review experts from Thailand and Eswatini. Additionally, TI Cambodia produced a CSO parallel report on UNCAC Implementation in Cambodia covering Chapters 2 and 5 of the Convention.
TI Cambodia has been supporting Cambodian government to improve the anti-corruption legal framework. As a member of the technical working groups, TI Cambodia has been assisting in drafting the Whistleblowing and Witness Protection Laws and Access to Information Law.
As an NGO that works extensively in Southeast Asia and is highly concerned with corruption issues, TI Cambodia can attest to the need for countries not only in the region but also in the East Asia to live up to their commitments made on international standards regarding anti-corruption, particularly the UNCAC.
Top Three Priorities to Achieve for the Coalition
- To provide input to strategy for more joint cooperation in the region to promote transparency, accountability and anti-corruption, in the today’s context of the constantly changing environment
- To promote more presence and credibility of the UNCAC Coalition among stakeholders including the new ones in the region
- To contribute to institutional governance of the UNCAC Coalition.
Profile of Candidate
Mr Pisey Pech joined TI Cambodia in 2012 as the Director of Programmes. He led the programme staff to plan and realise the organisation’s strategy phase I (2012-2016) and phase II (2016-2019) increasing awareness and engagement by both demand and supply sides on good governance, accountability and anti-corruption. In 2020, he was appointed by TI Cambodia’s Board of Directors as the Executive Director of the organisation. In 2021, he was elected as a Board member of the UNCAC Coalition.
Pisey’s professional commitment focuses on economic and social affairs, public finance, good governance, social accountability, and aid effectiveness. He has acquired more than 15 years of leadership and management skills and experience in these areas from various institutions including TI Cambodia, BBC Media Action where he served as a project coordinator (2011-2012), UNDP as a project manager (2010-2011), UNESCO as a project coordinator (2008-2010), London Borough of Haringey Organisation as a network consultant (2007-2008), and CARE International Cambodia as a project officer (2002-2006).
Pisey holds a Master of Globalisation, Development and Transition, International Relation and Affairs from the University of Westminster, the United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.