Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is a National Chapter of Transparency International (TI), the leading global movement against corruption. TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it. TI has an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, and more than 90 Chapters worldwide.
Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) commenced active operations at the end of 2002 and has since built a strong institution arduously fighting corruption in Sri Lanka. It functions as a self financing, autonomous Chapter of TI with its own strategic directions and priorities.
The mission/purpose of TISL’s existence is to contribute to increase understanding of corruption, strengthen anti-corruption structures and processes and to appreciate upholding of integrity. Envisioning a nation that upholds integrity, TISLs goal is to support the collective effort to eradicate corruption in order to build a future Sri Lanka which is equitable, peaceful and just.
TISL developed a 5-year Strategic Plan which involved an extensive and consultative approach with wide-ranging participation by the TISL team as well as critical feedback from a cross section of TISL’s external stakeholders.
Concentration of power, focusing on economic growth and adopting opaque processes of decision making, leaves room for increased corruption at all levels of government sectors. Thus it is imperative that TISL continues to focus on National and Local Governance in relation to promoting integrity by using creative means in spite of the stifling restrictions placed by the present political context. As part of TISL’s Strategic Plan for the next five years, several ongoing and new initiatives have been developed that may lead to the expected outcomes of anti-corruption structures and processes in selected national and local government institutions, sustained influence on developing values and capacities that help curb corruption and promote integrity, and public officials more receptive to public engagement in ACI work.
As one of its strategic result areas Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) have chosen to work with the private sector which includes both the corporate sector and the CSO sector. As a sector with immense capacity and a huge role to play in the post war development of Sri Lanka, TISL believes that this is the right time for a long term engagement with the sector to promote and establish corporate governance and integrity.
Result area strategic interventions include building an evidence base of best practices existing in the sector as well lapses in the governance of the sector. With the support of the global movement against anti corruption TISL will introduce tools and mechanisms suitable for the Sri Lankan corporate sector and the CSO sector that will support the development of internal processes and strengthen corporate governance.
TISL will work in partnership with coalitions and other like minded organizations in all their interventions.
They work closely with government departments in training public officials on good governance and anti-corruption tools. Workshops are arranged to equip officials of provincial government offices and community based organizations with knowledge and skills to contribute to a more accountable public service. This includes Training of Trainers (TOT).
They conduct workshops to develop skills of journalists on investigative journalism. These help journalists, particularly in the outstations to highlight corrupt activities and wasteful expenditure by numerous public institutions.
A nation that upholds integrity
To support the collective effort to eradicate corruption in order to build a future Sri Lanka which is equitable, peaceful and just.
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