The fight against corruption at all levels of government, business, and non-governmental organizations is a global problem. In Haiti, which traditionally ranks low on Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index scale, the problem is acute, especially in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake with its massive influx of foreign aid.
USAID’s Promoting Proactive Transparency & Accountability project, implemented by La Fondation Heritage Pour Haiti (LFHH)—a local chapter of Transparency International (TI)—helps to address the need for empowerment of affected communities and local civil society organizations (CSOs) as an essential element in increasing accountability and combating corruption. In June 2012, LFHH expanded its existing anti-corruption education campaign (ALAC) and hotline, which combats official corruption in the Government of Haiti (GOH), to support the efforts of USAID/Haiti and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in preventing, detecting, and prosecuting fraud, waste, and abuse in USAID/Haiti projects.
The project aims to (1) Reinforce the capacity of citizens from diverse civil society sectors to engage in the combat against corruption by providing tools such as knowledge, training, and legal advice and by building coalitions and networks, (2) Encourage the participation of youth and community radio stations in the fight against corruption, (3) Accelerate the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which was ratified by the GOH, and (4) Enable USAID project workers, beneficiaries, and other concerned individuals to lodge confidential corruption and fraud complaints and allegations pertaining specifically to USAID-funded projects, which LFHH will redirect to the OIG for investigation.
- Establish a civil society and private sector coalition advocating for anti-corruption
- Empower citizens to make and pursue corruption–related complaints to governmental agencies and monitor their outcome
- Launch a publicity and public awareness campaign about the new OIG hotline
- Train USAID-project staff and beneficiaries on the most prevalent corrupt practices in development projects to encourage the practice of responsible whistleblowing
- LFHH’s USAID-OIG Anti-corruption Hotline, launched in December 2012, received 8 complaints on corrupt and fraudulent practices linked to USAID-funded projects;
- LFHH conducted 14 anti-corruption training sessions for 380 staff members and beneficiaries of USAID-supported programs and projects;
- 22 representatives of 10 grass roots organizations, including three of Young Haitians Against Corruption clubs (JHACCO) and two of “Collectif Haitien pour la Transparence, l’Integrité et l’Ethique” (CHATIE) coalition members deployed to 10 communities; and
- LFHH’s Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (ALAC) received 12 citizen’s complaints and lodged 11 complaints with the “Unite de Lute contre la Corruption (ULCC)” and one complaint with Ombudswoman’s Office (OPC).
Life of Project: April 2010 to September 2015
Implementing Partner: La Fondation Heritage pour Haiti (LFFH)
Last updated: August 14, 2015