BUDGET ALLOCATION TRACKING SYSTEM (BATS) FOR IMPLEMENTING NATIONAL STRATEGY AGAINST CORRUPTION IN ALBANIA”
In 2008 the Government of Albania developed “the National Strategy for Prevention and Fight against Corruption and for Transparent Governance” (2008-2013), to address the progressive and sustainable reduction of corruption, strenthening of the institutional integrity and promotion of values of good governance.
In this framework, TIA proposes this project in order to evaluate the transparency and effectiveness of governmental efforts in the process of implementation of National Anti-Corruption Strategy. The specific objectives are focused on:
Increasing understanding of anti-corruption structures and organizations on how governmental budget is processes for countering corruption practices.
Developing advocacy skills among anti-corruption structures and organizations with the government and international community for increasing funds or using more efficiently the funds allocated for such activities.
A Budget Report is produced based on the research work and it outlines the following: a narrative description of anti-corruption strategy and activities; enumeration of amounts budgeted and dispersed by Government of Albania on anti-corruption over the last two years and performed estimates for this next year for these strategies, programs and activities. This includes description of line items in the budgets. It is performed also a budgetary analyses of the financial support each governmental structure receives and the sources of such funds.
The findings and recommendations of this report comprise the basis of the advocacy platform for the civil society organizations to ensure greater transparency and appropriate budget allocation to the National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
The strategy of BATS project tends to contribute in better governance through two main components: 1)By improving citizen–government cooperation specifically related to monitoring of the current Anti-Corruption National Strategy implementation, and 2)By developping an advocacy platform for more appropriate utilization of state budget allocations.
BATS approach seeks to enable civil society organizations to set up monitoring mechanisms to ensure that government anti-corruption efforts and budget allocation are reflective of the priorities established in the national strategy.
The expected results are mainstreamed as follows:
Anti-Corruption civil society actors being aware on the need to monitor the Anti-Corruption Strategy and the budgeting process ;
Anti-Corruption civil society actors being capable to advocate on Anti-Corruption budget related issues and skilled to perform monitoring tasks ;
CSOs to develop internal mechanisms to coordinate monitoring action to implementation of the Anti-Corruption budget implementation ;
CSOs and Government to develop joint mechanisms to monitor Anti-Corruption budget implementation.
This initiative has contributed to improve citizen-government cooperation and develop the skills of CSOs to monitor budget allocation and expenditures against the Anti-Corruption National Strategy.