Re:[ap-intact] e-Query--Information on anti-corruption/integrity initiatives using social media

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[Facilitator's note: We acknowledge with thanks these contributions from Nepal and the Philippines. We encourage all AP-INTACT members to respond to the e-Query.]

Bhadra Sharma, Corruption Monitor Team, in Kathmandu, Nepal, belongs to a group of self-motivated journalists that started Facebook and Twitter platforms to raise public awareness about corruption and anti-corruption activities in Nepal.

"The initiative has been receiving good response, even though we do not have a dedicated staff to update the Facebook page and Twitter. As the third most corrupt country in South Asia, Nepal has many untold stories of corruption. The issue is under-reported due to lack of resources. As the culprits go unpunished, it gives rise to impunity. We are really trying to do something in raising voices against corruption. We need your guidance and support to move ahead. Our team is actually planning to develop a news portal dedicated to document infamous corruption scandals in the coming days [with support] from like-minded institutions and disseminate them through social networking sites. Looking forward to suggestions from your side."


Maria Roxanne V. Lu, Programs & Projects Unit Director, Makati Business Club, in the Philippines, shared several documents with initiatives related to responsive and accountable institutions. These initiatives cover ASEAN, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. They include--

ASEAN CSR Network.  A private sector body formed through the ASEAN Foundation to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in support of the ASEAN Community integration.
Twitter:  @ASEANCSRNetwork

Indonesia Business Links.  A not-for-profit foundation established in the wake of the Indonesian economic crisis with the aim of contributing to the creation of sound and ethical business practices in the country.
Twitter:  @ibl_csr

Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A national organization with 3,000 members that assembles and represents the business community, employers and business associations in Vietnam.

Private Sector Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption in Thailand.  An initiative by the Thai private sector to take part in tackling corruption via collective action.

Singapore Compact for CSR. Singapore country branch of United Nations Global Compact Network (UNGC) to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Initiatives in the Philippines --

Integrity Initiative, Inc. A non-profit organization founded by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Asian Institute of Management, Coalition Against Corruption, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Financial Executives of the Philippines, Institute for Solidarity in Asia, Makati Business Club, and Management Association of the Philippines and engaged in a long-term private sector-led campaign towards the re-establishment of acceptable integrity standards among various sectors of society­, including business, government, judiciary, academe, youth, civil society, church and media.
Twitter: @integrityinbiz

Partnerships for Integrity and Job Creation. A three-year project launched in January 2014 to develop sustainable integrity mechanisms and models of transparent, effective small business registration and promotion procedures at the local level.
Twitter: @euprojecti4j

Center for Strategic Reforms of the Philippines.  Assists Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in finding a solution to concerns such as limited financial support, low productivity and competitiveness, limited management and financial capabilities as well as the lack of access to new technology.
Twitter:  ‏@CSRPhilippines

Citizen Action Network for Accountability.  Helps ordinary citizens improve the quality and effectiveness of services provided by local government units across the Philippines.
Twitter:  @citizenactionph

Coalition Against Corruption.  An alliance of the academe, business sector, civil society organizations, and Church that fights corruption.

Caucus of Development NGOs Network. A coalition of the 12 largest NGO networks in the Philippines representing 1,600 NGOs, POs, and cooperatives nationwide.

Christian Convergence for Good Governance.  A coalition of faith-based organizations committed to advocate, equip and mobilize for good governance and nation building.

Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership.  A national movement that promotes Good Governance and Leadership with Integrity.
Twitter:  @KayaNatinPH

People's Action Against Corruption.  Focuses on corruption in the Philippine revenue system.

Public Services Labor Independent Confederation.  A national confederation of government employees and their unions from different national government agencies, state universities and colleges, local government units, government-financial institutions, health, and special sectors.

Transparency and Accountability Network.  A non-stock, non-profit organisation formed primarily for the purpose of exchanging information on developments and initiatives in transparency and accountability issues.

Social Watch Philippines.  Promotes a strategy of advocacy, awareness-building, monitoring, organizational development, and networking.
Twitter:  @socialwatchph

The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (Pera Natin ‘To) A joint initiative between the Instutite for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), the Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD) and Mindanews.

Bantay.PH.  A youth-based good governance movement whose primary goal is to bridge the gap between government and citizens by providing civic education and volunteer opportunities, especially in monitoring transparency in frontline government transactions.
Website: www.bantay.ph


[Read the original e-Query below]

Dear AP-INTACT members,

UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub is looking to start a new social media platform on Facebook that deals with issues revolving around Responsive and Accountable Institutions.

Please tell us about initiatives around the region that have Facebook pages -- or on other social media platforms such as WeChat (China, Singapore), Line (Japan, Singapore), KakaoTalk (SouthKorea), Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp (Singapore), Viber, and others including blogs -- that focus on anti-corruption, judicial integrity, open government, local government, sustainable development, and overall service delivery.

By mapping different social media initiatives throughout the region we can reach out to these groups and inform them about the new UNDP project and, hence, increase visits to both our site and their sites.

This is an open-ended e-query with no deadline. Please share with us any information that is relevant to this query.

Best regards.


Jose Ibarra A. Angeles
Lead Facilitator, AP-INTACT

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