This Strategic Framework provides the basic for LABEH to develop and implement a specific anti-corruption program. This process focused on the five year history and development of Lalenok Ba Ema Hotu (LABEH), both in administration of our office or at the districts commissioners’ level, drawing common understanding from the organization’s approaches, activities, and achievements.
We at LABEH acknowledge that values cannot be legislated they must be lived. No document can substitute for attitudes, decisions, and actions that constitute the fabric of our life and work. LABEH speaks and acts honestly, open and factual in dealings with donors, project communities, governments, the public at large, and with each other, and endeavors to convey a public image of conformity with these principles, always striving for consistency between what is said and what it does.
Therefore, we covenant with each other before God the Most High to do our utmost individually and as cooperative entities within LABEH, to uphold these core values, to honor them in our decisions, to express them in our relationships, and to act consistently with them whenever and wherever LABEH is at work.
In January 2009 the management agreed on the need for an update of the strategic Framework and a process called year of sustainability and continuity. Its central aim – the review process therefore focused on the way forward for LABEH, through our vision, mission, objectives, values and mandates.Vision
- The prosperity of the people through a clean government
- To hold the government to carry out to its promises on transparency and accountability;
- To encourage the government to eliminate economic disparity and to combat corruption and poverty.
- To be active in the struggle to combat corruption and promote transparency and accountability;
- To coordinate, facilitate research and publish the results.
- To provide quality information to the people by empowering them to be active in the struggle to combat corruption and promote transparency and accountability and to protect the fundamental rights of the people to a better life.
· Promote the maximum welfare of the people, and monitor and report all instances of corrupt practices or abuse of power by any individual or institution.Values
- To develop a team work based on transparency and accountability;
- Must be non violence, non discriminatory and participatory;
- Independent, non partisan;
- To be active in articulating transparency and accountability on behalf of the people and to act and speak on behalf of the voice of the voiceless;
This definition encompasses a wide array of illicit activities that comprise corrupt behavior, extending well-beyond bribery into non-Monetary rewards. It is insensitive to the size of the corrupt act. In addition, it covers all actors, whether public or private, who abuse their status for personal benefit. While the breadth of this definition makes the scope of our work even more ambitious, we believe it is necessary that our definition captures the many perfidious forms of corruption that plague our Nation.
To achieve these objectives LABEH pursues its strategic Framework 2009-2010 through an integrated commitment to:
District Focal Point Commissioners are members of local organization network partners based in the districts, they lead the work of LABEH in their district and participate in LABEH’s National work. LABEH encourages its commissioners many of whom are anti-corruption activists of national standing. LABEH also benefits from the contribution of the network community radios and volunteers.
Even after a five year of driving progress and achieving success in the fight against corruption, we are keenly aware that significant challenges remain. We are committed nonetheless to the core values and principles that have guided our work from the inception of our organization. According to these, attaining greater transparency and integrity requires a long-term commitment to change that is only possible with the awareness and support of other stakeholders and ultimately, the people as a whole.
Taking stock of the fight against corruption, our achievements in promoting greater transparency, and the strengths of our organization, LABEH has refined its goals for the coming years. These goals reflect the challenges and opportunities posed by corruption in our country today, what needs to be accomplished in the fight against corruption in the coming years, as well as our role as the leading national NGO working in this field. LABEH has therefore identified the following strategic goals to guide our efforts:
LABEH anti-corruption advocacy will be increasingly focused on specific and demonstrable result with our ultimate aim to be a key force to reduce corruption in our country. Showing impact will attract more people to join our efforts and will have a positive effect on the sustainability of our work.
- Increase knowledge production. LABEH needs to create a research base with high standards that can serve our district partners and other stakeholders to diagnose and reduce corruption risks and to improve transparency, integrity and accountability in public and private sector governance. Sound, objective and professional analysis will back our policy making processes, with the aim of effectively reducing corruption.
- Promote anti-corruption norms and principles. LABEH will continue to call for public and private institutions to commit to the best practice in anti-corruption, and will work to improve the standards that global, regional and national institutions in their efforts to promote transparency and integrity systems. When and where these standards are codified into treaties at the international level or new laws and regulations at the national level, LABEH has a major role to play in monitoring their implementation, lending our weight as an organization to the efforts to hold to account those responsible for their enforcement.
- Enhance dynamic communication and knowledge sharing. LABEH will seek to build stronger communication linkages across the Districts, in order to take advantage of our national outreach and local experience. LABEH will make maximum use of its anti- corruption knowledge gains, problem- solving techniques and our tools and strategies.
- Cultivate strategic partnership. The broadening interest in our work, and in our contribution to policy change, requires that we establish strategic partnership to maximize our anti-corruption approach in a whole array of public and private sector arenas. Pursuing strategic partnership helps us to be better positioned to link anti- corruption to emerging issues in the development, environmental and security agendas. Such partnerships with a range of organization and institutions will remain a key aspect to continuing LABEH, s work in coalitions against corruption.
- Reach a broader of citizens. As an organization, LABEH aims, to improve social and economic conditions, by reducing the way corruption and lack of transparency ruins lives and livelihood. We believe our mission is one that citizens around the world will increasingly embrace and we will explore new avenues to engage with the boarder public. Public awareness of our work and support for its goals will help keep the fight against corruption on political agendas in our country.
To accomplish our mission and implement our vision, and given the strategic goals highlighted above, LABEH will create new emphases on established ways of fighting corruption. We will build on existing knowledge, relationship and approaches to create the momentum and capacity necessary to achieve the goals set out in this strategic framework.We will do so through the following.
LABEH understood that corruption is a complex phenomenon, and measuring it is a difficult endeavor. Nevertheless, LABEH recognizes the crucial role of providing sound empirical evidence on corruption and the fight against it. While we want to understand corruption its causes, we also need to assess what works in the fight against corruption and how our tools can be best used to promote change that has maximum impact in reducing corruption. Throughout our efforts to develop research and tools, our aim is to build and strengthen integrity systems, providing long-term improvement in transparency and accountability in our country.
Strategic Advocacy: Indentifying targets
LABEH will emphasize the strategic aspect for our advocacy efforts. We will take a proactive approach to setting and achieving advocacy goals. Given our accumulated knowledge in the anti-corruption field, our base of contacts in the districts, and our capacity to mobilize board based commitment to the fight against corruption, LABEH is now well- placed to make its advocacy work increasingly strategic in nature. This means indentifying and tackling our advocacy targets with pro- active planning, the capacity to capture and measure impact and outcomes, and a clear definition of success in our work.
In so doing, LABEH will continue its success as an advocacy organization, at national and regional levels. From the entry into force of the Law establishing Anti-Corruption Commission of Timor-Leste as well as monitor decentralization of the four districts this year.
By moving towards advocacy that is strategic in nature, we will not undermine the flexibility and capacity to respond quickly to other needs that exists in our organization. These will always be required. However, with a strategic advocacy approach, LABEH will be better equipped to plan, carry out and assess its work, based on an explicit set of goals. Strategizing for success in our advocacy work will increase the sustainability of our work. It will provide the clear targets and results that will serve us and our stakeholders and it will enable a stronger basis for engaging with the public at large, who may yet need to be convinced that such efforts can make a difference.· International Conventions Against Corruption
Strategic goal: to secure strong, effective and legally-binding international anti-corruption rules and standards, including promoting their enforcement by our government and monitoring progress. Corruption is a cross-border problem. Solely national-level solutions can be incomplete and are complemented by international agreements. LABEH will advance the capacity of anti-corruption conventions, internationally agreed upon rules and standards to reduce corruption. In particular we will actively promote the implementation, enforcement and monitoring of the landmark UN convention against corruption (2003). We will maintain productive dialogue with state and governmental bodies responsible for convention implementation and enforcement and work to increase the participation of civil society in our monitoring efforts. Special emphasis will be made in this work to promote civil society’s role in the recovery of stolen assets and on the rule of the judiciary in enforcing anti-corruption laws.· Public Sector Integrity
Strategic goal: to enhance integrity, transparency and accountability in public institutions.
Corruption in the public sector robs people of their access to decent livelihoods. LABEH will promote public sector integrity by focusing on curbing corruption in public contracting, combating judicial corruption and promoting revenue and expenditure transparency. LABEH will also increasingly work in the areas of public service delivery and local government integrity.
Corruption in public procurement considerably increases the cost of the provision of services, which constitute a major proportion of public budgets. Curbing corruption in procurement allows for the provision of good quality services at fair costs. LABEH will cooperate with relevant organizations at the national level in strategies to strengthen standards and practical abilities to better prevent corruption in public contracting.
Through the development and implementation of tools and application of best practices, we will seek to enhance civil society’s capacity to better monitor performance of public contracting at national and local levels. We will work in coalition with other civil society organizations, public institution and business associations committed to strengthening more effective, efficient and transparent public contracting environments, with greater access to information as a key component.
LABEH will also work on combating judicial corruption, focusing on both the independence and accountability of the judiciary. The judiciary must be effective to achieve adequate integrity systems, and therefore judicial reform must address both undue political influence in judicial appointments and decisions and create conditions for judges that reduce the pressure for petty bribery. LABEH will also hold magistrates accountable for their decisions.· Reducing Corruption in Politics.
Strategic goal: to safeguard the integrity of political office and democratic political processes, by countering the abuse of entrusted political power and stemming the undue influence of money and private interests in politics.
Corruption in political systems fundamentally undermines all other anti-corruption efforts. Too many politicians and governments around the world have been swept to power on anti-corruption platforms, only to see promises of reform replaced by grand corruption. Further, political corruption undermines public support for democratic process. LABEH will seek to prevent corruption in political systems, and work to monitor, strengthen and set standards for political transparency and integrity. Depending on the national context, this involves the strengthening of sound regulations of political finance and civil society’s rule in its monitoring, via increased access to information; building coalitions and coordinated action on safeguarding political processes including elections; creating better knowledge and integration of anti-corruption into the efforts of state building; or developing shared values around political transparency and democratic accountability.
· Corruption, Poverty and Development.
Strategic goal: to prevent corruption that perpetuates poverty and leads to unequal development. Corruption in development continues to trap our people in poverty. LABEH will seek national integrity system framework to address the fundamental causes of corruption whose impact marginalizes the interests of the poor. We will bring together and participate in coalitions that strengthen governance and increase accountability at the national, local and grassroots level. We will build on international standards and further develop our ongoing work in certain sectors, such as education, agriculture, state administration, justice, security and humanitarian assistance, as well as strengthen our key approaches, including risk-assessments, the monitoring of public expenditure, and advocacy for sector reforms to counter corruption. Special attention will be given to enhancing anti corruption work in local governments, as it relates to those services most critical for the poor.
· Enhancing Anti-Bribery Standards in the Private Sector.
Strategic goal: to encourage and support responsible business behavior through the adoption and implementation of anti-corruption policies and programs. Corruption in the private sector undermines economic growth and development. LABEH will seek to stem the supply of bribes in the business registration, creating a climate for investment, trade and growth that can lift country out of poverty.
Not only does the business community have a significant role to play in putting an end to corrupt practices, but the benefits of reducing corruption risk are in the interest of business itself, by creating a more secure and stable market. We will engage with business to raise awareness and create incentives for responsible company behavior and provide tools to assist companies in the detailed implementation and monitoring of system to prevent bribery and corruption.
Special attention will be given to vulnerable business sectors, such as the extractive industries, the defense and the construction sector, to promote anti-corruption systems that are sustainable, and to financial market, where combating money-laundering is crucial to stem the international flow of corrupt funds.
· Promoting Integrity in Education
Strategic goal: to promote accountable education policies and practices, as well as the importance of education to the development of high standards of professional and personal integrity. Anti-corruption education is a vital and necessary component of any anti-corruption strategy. Education builds citizens’ expectations and enforces demands for accountability. But when the education system itself is corrupt, how can children learn the values that underlie a transparent and accountable society? When money counts more than knowledge in the quest for a diploma, studying and learning lose their purpose. As such, LABEH will focus on both anti-corruption education and on corruption in the education sector.· Anti- Corruption Coalitions: Enhancing our reach to stakeholders
LABEH will increase the building of coalitions around its anti-corruption efforts. LABEH has always sought to include as many stakeholders as possible in our work. LABEH develops coalitions with actors from all sectors of society genuinely seeking change. It works with high – profile individuals and decision- makers, NGOs, think-tanks and other institutions.
Indeed, we actively pursue allies from all spheres, public and private, to build our anti- corruption coalitions. In so doing, we enable a variety of groups with often differing perspectives to participate in our efforts to inform and learn from one another, and to strengthen the ranks of those fighting against corruption. This in turn can help build board based public pressure to stimulate demand for anti-corruption reform.
Building coalitions against corruption in a country or an industry sector has been one of the key successes in our work. Such coalitions enable us to reach our goals. As the challenges and complexity in our work increases, the sustainability of our work, aims and goals will depend on building successes alliance and cultivating long-term, committed coalition partners. LABEH will therefore continue to create new strategic partnership in years to come, adding to the richness of our established coalition-building approach.Financial Resources:
Fundraising provides the means by which LABEH turns its ideas and principles into actions. In order to support the nation- wide impact of the organization, increasing its financial independence and robustness, LABEH will seek new innovative approaches to raising capital, share experience, information and knowledge on fundraising and increase cooperation in all types of fundraising.
To implement the Strategic Framework 2009-2010, LABEH will expand our current resource based that has enabled LABEH, s success to date. Emphasis will be placed on the diversification of funding sources. More specifically, we will:
- Raise the necessary resources to deliver the programmatic work in pursuit of our mission and strategic vision.
- Use the increased diversity of funding sources to strengthen our financial independence
- Demonstrate transparency in our finances and improve accountability to our various stakeholders and constituencies.
LABEH administration has the particular role to play in assisting the organization to pursue its strategic goals. In pursuing a variety of funding sources, LABEH must seek safeguards against risks of conflict of interest or potential reputational damage.