Program for good governance
Kosovo has a serious problem with corruption which is widespread across all sectors and levels of the government. A number of civil society organizations cover various aspects of the fight against corruption, but the problem of conflict of interest and access to official documents does not have the necessary attention and the commitment of civil society in this area is insufficient. There are still no regular studies that would measure the good governance and conflict of interest, in this context there is no regular information regarding the situation and eventual progress in these two areas.
The access to official documents has become a victim of bureaucratic procedures and the lack of information on the rights of citizens and the form how the law regulates the full realization of this right. Independent executive agencies and other independent institutions should play an important role in the fight against corruption. Currently these organizations do not have the necessary independence and in many cases are subjects of political influence and government. The budgeting process for these organizations must pass through the Government, making them be influenced and controlled.
Good governance means that state structures must be open and accountable to the public and respond to public requests.
Within the Programme for Good Governance, we will implement researches and advocacy campaigns contributing to good governance and fighting corruption. Through studies, analysis and research we will address the issues related to the process of policy making and decision-making aiming the strengthening and improving public participation in the process. The raised issues will be addressed in forums of different levels with citizens, academics, representatives of civil society, representatives of government and other decision-making actors.
Within this program will be published two standard reports on annual basis: “Index of Good Governance” and “Dossier of Conflict of Interest”. Movement FOL will engage experts who are well informed of good governance to design metrics and methodology for preparing these reports. We will also open an office to provide pro-bono services for legal support and protection for citizens and other entities that are denied the access to official documents.
We will present an annual prize for “The Most Transparent Institution and The Most Closed Institution,” which will be awarded to the institutions which have proved willing and have cooperated with the citizens by providing access to official information, respectively the closed institution regarding access to official information.