Increasing Accountability in Tunisia and Empowering the Judicial Financial Pole

Funding Agency:
Department of State

Financial corruption in Tunisia is creating a major challenge for the Government of Tunisia (GOT), undermining the faith of the public. At least 64% of Tunisians believe that corruption increased in the last 12 months, and two-thirds of the Tunisian public do not believe that the government is fighting corruption effectively. In response to public concerns, the GOT has established two government institutions and vested them with the authority to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate corruption cases emanating from both public and private sectors. Despite this important step, institutionalizing anti-corruption safeguards has remained limited and fragile. 

This project will contribute to increasing GOT’s responsiveness to citizens’ concerns over corruption through building the capacity of the High Judicial Council’s Financial Judiciary Pole, the authority for the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of corruption cases. Specifically, the project will further develop the Pole’s institutional framework for managing corruption cases; improve the investigative methods used in corruption cases; and ultimately improve citizens’ perception toward the government’s efforts to fight corruption. Among others, activities will include guiding the Pole in developing a strategy and internal procedures for managing corruption cases and provide the Pole with technical assistance and build its capacity to investigate and prosecute complex corruption cases.  

This project will be measured against its success in aiding the GOT in investigating and prosecuting corruption cases and its contribution to increasing citizens’ awareness of the GOT efforts to effectively fight corruption. 

This program will support the MEPI strategic framework in improving governments’ technical skills and processes to transparently and effectively respond to citizen needs by developing a strategy and training judges

Deadline: July 31, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include U.S. or foreign non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations; private institutions of higher education, public or state institutions of higher education; public international organizations; and small businesses with function and regional experience in the areas of regulatory policies and reform. Applicants must have experience in the areas of accountability, transparency and integrity, particularly in the management of public finances and within the private sector. Experience in implementing Open Governance development projects is desirable. Specific experience in implementing anti-corruption technical assistance projects is highly desirable. 

Amount

$2,000,000

Amount Description

Estimated Award Ceiling: $2,000,000.00

Estimated Award Floor: $1,000,000.00

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 31, 2017