Topics: Election, Political corruption, Elections Pages: 15 (5101 words) Published: May 26, 2013
Lebanese Transparency Association

Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA) which was established in May 1999, is Transparency International. It is the first Lebanese NGO that focuses on curbing corruption and promoting the principles of good governance. Realizing the unacceptable levels corruption reached in Lebanon and the need to act against it, a group of business people, academics, economists, lawyers and intellectuals joined forces to found LTA in May 1999 in a bid to curb corruption through civil society.The organization resorts to any necessary means to fight corruption, improve the quality of life, and encourage civil society to take measures towards transparency and accountability.LTA does not investigate or expose individual cases of corruption, instead,آ LTAآ advocates for reform by focusing on systemic improvement and by building coalitions with other anti-corruption stakeholders, including the government, parliamentarians, the private sector, media institutions, the international community and civil society organizations.

About us
LTA was established in May 1999, and is the National Chapter ofآ Transparency International. In its efforts to curb corruption and promote transparency in Lebanon, LTA is pursuing initiatives along the following 4 main programs:Democratization and Public Accountability;Promoting Access to Information;Transparency in the Private Sector;آ andYouth against Corruption.The four programs function in coordination with LTA's grassroots, and research and training departments.The LTA ApproachRaising citizens' awareness about their rights, and corruption, its causes, consequences and costs at all levels within society.Building coalitions with similar organizations at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels, including public or private institutions committed to combating corruption.آ Drafting or amending Lebanese legislation related to transparency, accountability, and corruption.آ Considering the media as a cornerstone in the fight against corruption, and working closely with the media towards promoting transparency and strengthening integrity, and encouraging media institutions to exercise investigative reporting and unveil the truths about corruption.آ Empowering Lebanese youth to reject corruption and encourage them to participate in civic life by abiding by principles of transparency and accountability.آ

Corruption in Lebanon
Although corruption has always existed in Lebanon, its effects were magnified in 1990 after the end of the fifteen-years civil war.Corruption in Lebanon governs all sectors of society and all branches of government.Corruption in Lebanon exists in all its forms including bribery, nepotism, favoritism, patronage, embezzlement, kick-backs, and vote-buying.The causes behind corruption in Lebanon are various and include among others:The lack of awareness on corruption, its causes and consequences;The absence of dysfunctional key anti-corruption institutions;The weak legal framework and the lack of proper legal implementation mechanisms; andThe post-war structure in Lebanon, which has led to a power-sharing formula among political and confessional groups resulting in competition for state resources.The impacts of corruption are tremendous and can be classified as political costs rendering fragile the relationship between citizens and the state, financial costs especially in terms of investment and lack of corporate governance, as well as socio-economic costs.

Current Projects
LTA implements projects in the framework of its four programs Democratization and Public Accountability
The Lebanese Advocacy and Legal Advice Center
Partners in TransparencyNational Integrity SystemMME Monitoring Municipal Elections 2010Open Budget IndexآTransparency in the Private SectorInstitute of DirectorsLebanon Anti-Bribery NetworkPromoting Access to InformationNational Network for the Right of Access to InformationPromoting Public Participation and...
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