Democratization & Public Accountabillity

Local Integrity System

"The local integrity system can play an important role in minimizing the opportunities for corruption at the local level. A typical local integrity system incorporates a set of core actors that can be found in most local government configurations, namely: the local council (assembly), a mayor or alderman (executive), the local bureaucracy, local political parties, local courts (judiciary), and the police. It also encompasses a set of oversight and accountability functions which need to be performed in order to ensure that the local integrity system is effective." – LIS Toolkit.

Goals & Objectives:

The Project aims to accomplish the following:

-Assess the existence and effectiveness of procedures and mechanisms to prmote transparency, accountability and integrity in order to fight corruption at the local level. 

-Provide recommendations on areas for reform.

-Develop a follow-up action plan for strengthening local integrity in collaboration with key local stakeholders. 

NB: "When repeated, the LIS Tool can be used to monitor and evaluate progress of the local integrity system over time. Thus the LIS Tool is designed to establish a process of continuous improvement at the local level through long term engagement with key stakeholders." – LIS Toolkit.

Expected results:

1. Drafting one report;

2. Organizing one Local Integrity Workshop to discuss the report's findings and to identify recommendations and priority actions for strengthening the integrity of the local governance system. Based on the outcomes of the workshop, the LIS report should be updated and published;

3. Organizing a local action planning workshop to secure the commitment of key local stakeholders, to implement the key recommendations, to address specific weakness identified in the LIS; and to develop a concrete action plan to transform the recommendations into specific follow-up activities (solutions) which are politically and economically feasible;

4. Later on, it is expected to plan for the implementation of specific projects designed to strengthen the integrity of the local governance system.

In parallel, a thorough assessment was conducted for 22 Lebanese municipalities to evaluate their level of governance. The assessment was based on a set of 50 indicators upon which each municipalities was supposed to meet and respond to its inquiries.

Team in charge:

LIS Researcher: Mansour Bou Dagher - Senior Manager: Nadine Merhi