Act PROJECT

Act is a project devoted to help restore trust between Lebanese citizens and their public administrations.

The project addresses corruption and transparency by improving good governance in Lebanon.

Our main goals are to strengthen public accountability and improve transparency in the public sector.

We provide technical assistance, equipment procurement, training to public administrations, and grants

to Lebanese SCOs and NGOs.

 


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THE THREE PILLARS OF THE PROJECT ARE:

Support national effort
on transparency and
anticorruption

Strengthen control bodies’
capacities to prevent
and fight corruption

 

Increase public awareness
on corruption and access
to information

Act is implemented by Expertise France entrusted by the European Union to implement the 3-year project to support the national effort on combatting corruption.

The overall objective of the project is to address corruption and transparency by improving good governance in Lebanon through the support of the Lebanese  government’s effort in combatting corruption, including the implementation of the National Strategy for combatting corruption, and support civil society in that respect.

These objectives will be achieved through technical assistance, equipment procurement, and support to Lebanese SCOs and NGOs.
The project is currently working on several activities:

01 Providing technical assistance to OMSAR in the follow-up and implementation of anti-corruption measures.

02 Supporting the implementation of the right to access information law in pilot administrations.

03 Technically assisting the Central Inspection Board in the establishment of a 5-year strategy.

04 Providing the Court of Accounts with professional IT support.

05 Launching a campaign dedicated to increasing awareness on corruption and access to information.

06  Partnering with leading organizations in Lebanon to form a national index for corruption.

07 Developing studies and reports regarding the corruption in specific sectors of the economy.

OUR PARTNERS
European Union

The EU Delegation was established in Lebanon in 1979 as the Delegation of the European Commission. It employs more than 100 European and Lebanese staff members and is headed by Ambassador Ralph Tarraf. The EU cooperation focuses mainly on promoting programs supporting political, economic, and social reforms, local governance, demining, and refugees. Efforts to reform key sectors such as security, justice, good governance, social protection, support to civil society, education, energy, environment, agriculture, and fundamental rights are particularly encouraged since they all aim at supporting sustainable growth and at reducing regional disparities in Lebanon.

Through its engagement with political actors, civil society, the private sector, academics, the media, and citizens, the EU Delegation raises awareness of EU issues and concerns and promotes the importance of the EU-Lebanon partnership among the Lebanese authorities and the broader Lebanese public. At the political level, the EU supports an independent, sovereign, unified and stable Lebanon, and encourages Lebanon to fulfill its international obligations and to implement an ambitious agenda of political, economic, and social reforms.

 

Expertise France

Expertise France is the French international technical cooperation agency, with a status of public institution under the joint supervision of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and the Ministries of Finance and Economy. By making the transfer of know-how central to its action, Expertise France promotes working methods, legal and technical standards, but also a French and European vision of economic development and governance.

Expertise France’s mission is to meet the demand of partner countries seeking to enhance the quality of their public policies in order to address the environmental, social, economic and security challenges they are facing. Contributing to a country’s development means conducting a constructive dialogue to develop the most relevant solutions for addressing the challenges they are facing. Expertise France advises, trains and supports its partners by developing technical cooperation projects tailored to the regional and local context.

 

Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth - Saint Joseph University of Beirut (USJ)

Saint-Joseph University of Beirut (USJ) is a private Lebanese university established in 1875. It is a non-for-profit organization. The university and its degrees are officially recognized by the Lebanese state and the ministry of Education in Lebanon.

USJ has 35 institutions (faculties, schools and institutes), 2,000 teachers, 12,650 students in 8 Campuses (5 in Greater Beirut, one in Zahlé- Békaa, one in Tripoli - North Lebanon and one in Saida -South Lebanon) and 100,000 Alumni in Lebanon and all over the world.

According to the ranking agency QS, out of the 20,000 universities in the world, USJ was ranked among the top 600 universities in the world and among the top 20 universities of the Middle East out of 131 listed universities. USJ has more than 200 cooperation agreements with universities around the world in Arab countries, Europe, Canada, China and Japan.

About l’Observatoire de la fonction publique et de la bonne gouvernance (OFP)

The Observatory of the public service and good governance (OFP) is part of the USJ. Its mission is to promote the principles of good governance in Lebanon and the Arab world, especially in the public sphere and vis-a-vis the citizens. The OFP reflects the special interest that USJ brings to the construction of the Rule of Law in Lebanon and the Arab countries.

Launched in 2015, the OFP's mission is to support any initiative aimed at promoting good governance, in its political, institutional and administrative components. The OFP thus intends to act in favor of the democratic principles of the Rule of Law, transparency and citizenship.  USJ has traditionally and always contributed to developing these values in Lebanon and continues to be a place of intellectual and political debate for young people and open to all parts of the society.

The Lebanese Association for Taxpayers’ Rights - Association Libanaise pour les Droits et l’Information des Contribuables (ALDIC)

ALDIC is a non-for-profit Lebanese association which aims at promoting tax ethics and compliance by informing citizens about their rights and obligations and by enlightening them on issues and challenges of taxation, in particular, to encourage them to seek greater control over the management of public funds at all levels of the administration.

ALDIC believes that proper management of public funds requires active participation of citizens, who, in a democratic system such as Lebanon, have not only the right but also the duty to ask for accountability from their representatives.

Two obstacles hold citizens from exercising democratic control. The first is due to the state of passivity and indifference in which many citizens are today, convinced that they are powerless to change anything. The second is related to their lack of knowledge of fiscal and budgetary rules and regulations in force in Lebanon due to their technical nature, complexity, and to dispersal of texts.

It is, by acknowledging the role to be played by the civil society, that the Lebanese Association for Taxpayers’ Rights (ALDIC) was born. Its mission, among other missions, is to promote knowledge and citizenship in fiscal matters and to fight corruption. Through its expertise and its network of highly qualified professionals, ALDIC works and collaborates with public authorities for an overhaul of fiscal and tax legislation and systems in force.

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