- Program Civil Society
- Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
- Grant Amount $150,000
- Grant Period January 1, 2003–December 31, 2004
- Location Berlin, Germany
- Geographic Focus Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia
About this grant
The Visegrad Countries of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovak Republic have identified corruption as a serious problem. The European Commission highlights corruption as one of the major challenges of the European Union (EU) candidate countries. Local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the four Visegrad countries serve as anticorruption watchdogs, but they need to develop organizational capacity in order to promote change.Multiyear funding will support technical assistance and training to enable NGOs to establish and implement codes of conduct, including conflict-of-interest policies; develop vision and value statements; and provide special training for board members of the centers that focus on political, stewardship and financial responsibilities. Funding will also support media outreach and public relations as well as a small grants program for the centers.Transparency International, established in 1993, is dedicated to combating corruption on the local, national and international levels and to building coalitions to eliminate corruption.